On the morning of August 4, some time between 9: Morse left to buy a pair of oxen and visit his niece in Fall River around 8: When he returned at around The Bordens' maid, Bridget "Maggie" Sullivan, went to unlock the door; finding it jammed, she uttered an expletive.
Or did she brutally and methodically murder her parents — and get away with it? Wikimedia CommonsLizzie Borden in On the morning of August 4,the Borden house awoke early. The maid, a respectable Irish immigrant named Bridget Sullivan, served breakfast to the patriarch, Andrew, and his wife, Abby, as usual.
The eldest Borden daughter, Emma, was away visiting friends. And the younger daughter, Lizzie Borden, an unmarried year-old Sunday school teacher, slept in. She came downstairs after her uncle, John Morse, who had arrived unexpectedly for a visit the day before, left the house.
Lizzie decided against eating breakfast. Andrew decided to go downtown to Fall River, Massachusetts where the family lived at around nine in the morning. The Bordens were prosperous and, their patriarch served on the boards of several banks while working as a commercial landlord.
She left that room only one more time, looking for fresh pillowcases. Meanwhile, Andrew had returned home.
Sullivan, who was not feeling well — she reported throwing up that morning, perhaps from the flu that had traveled around the house days prior — went to rest in her room where she fell asleep.
Lizzie Borden later said that she found her father dead, sprawled out on the couch and covered in blood, his face so badly disfigured that he was unrecognizable.
Lizzie also mentioned that her parents had been ill in the previous days and that she suspected their milk had been poisoned.
After returning with a local doctor named Seabury Bowen, Bridget checked for Abby upstairs, where she found her limp body lying face down in a pool of her own blood.
Abby Borden had been struck 19 times with a hatchet; Andrew had been hit 11 times with the same weapon. The county medical examiner, Dr.
Dolan, looked at the bodies after Bowen. No evidence that the couple had been poisoned was ever found.Watch video · Born on July 19, , in Fall River, Massachusetts, Lizzie Borden and her sister, Emma, lived with their father, Andrew Borden, and stepmother, Abby (Durfee Gray) Borden, into adulthood.
Related: 10 Little-Known Facts About Lizzie Borden. Bridget sent Lizzie across the street to get the doctor. In the meantime, their neighbors heard the commotion and began to crowd around the Borden home. When Lizzie returned, neighbors questioned her on the whereabouts of her stepmother, Abby.
Lizzie Borden struggled in her later life. Despite her newfound notoriety—and her neighbors’ whispers about her likely guilt—Lizzie remained in Fall River for the rest of her life.
Lizzie Borden took an axe,And gave her mother forty whacks;When she saw what she had done,She gave her father forty-one. Lizzie Borden lived out the rest of her days in relative quiet and privacy before dying in at the age of She took whatever secrets she had about the murders of her parents to her grave.
But that hasn’t stopped obsessed followers of her story from forming theories of their own. The details surrounding the murders of Andrew and Abby Borden have never been properly sorted out and that is one of the reasons why a jury acquitted Lizzie Borden of the crime .