The Lizzie Borden Murders


Writing recently about the O.J. Simpson murders has rekindled an interest in another infamous American crime story, one that is not as well-known to modern readers.  The Lizzie Borden axe murders of 1892 were in their day somewhat comparable to the Simpson case:  both trials were highly publicized, the jury’s perceptions were skewed by preconceptions about race and gender, and–most importantly–in both cases the killers got away scot-free.  The equivalence is not absolute, however.  If the murders in the Simpson case were crimes of passion, the Borden killings were all about profit.  It is this fact, perhaps, that makes the Lizzie Borden story even more chilling and despicable than the Simpson case.

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