I heard about Lizzie Borden back in elementary school through the following rhyme written by Victoria Lincoln in 1967. I found the copy below on wikipedia.org
Lizzie Borden took an axe
And gave her mother forty whacks.
When she saw what she had done,
She gave her father forty-one.
I never gave much thought to what was behind this rhyme or even if Lizzie Borden is guilty. Then this year I heard a book review of Cara Robertson’s book on Borden on NPR.org and chose to finally learn about the murders she was accused of committing.
The author Robertson does not delve into too many theories or myths on the case instead focusing on what is on record from Court trial Records, newspapers published, police records and other original sources. She sticks to them and remains impartial for most of the book until toward the end when she discusses the tourist industry that developed in Borden’s home town in the years after her death.
Although the jury in Borden’s case found her not guilty, even today most people who know about this case whether from books, plays, a film or the rhyme are split on whether on or the right judgment was made.