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This Day in Boston History
August 4th, 1860
day Andrew and Abby Durfee Gray Borden were killed with an axe in Fall
River, Mass. Based on strong circumstantial evidence, Lizzie (32), Andrew
Borden's daughter from a previous marriage, was charged with murder.
No physical evidence connected her to the crime and police evidence
tampering was recognized during the trial. Fall River sentiment ran
strongly in support of Borden's innocence. The community celebrated
when she was acquitted after a thirteen-day trial, requiring only one
hour of jury deliberation.
Borden remained the focus of media speculation about the unsolved murder.
She became a recluse living in one of the town's largest homes on her
substantial inheritance. Town sentiment eventually turned against her,
and the acquitted Lizzie became the girl of "forty whacks" who got away