15 March 2012

Lizzie Borden Murder Case Gets New Look With Discovery of Her Lawyer's Journals

Photo Accompanying Article --  Lizzie Borden Murder Case Gets New Look With Discovery of her Lawyer's Journals (ABC News)

Though I was born well after this case, many of us are familiar with the ditty "Lizzie Borden took an Ax, And gave her mother forty whacks, When she had seen what she had done, She gave her father forty-one."


“The notorious 19th-century trial of Lizzie Borden, a wealthy New England woman accused of killing her parents with an ax, is back in the spotlight with the discovery of her attorney's handwritten journals, providing fresh insight into the relationship with her father.

Borden was acquitted in 1892, and much of the evidence in the case ended up with Andrew Jackson Jennings, Borden's attorney. The two journals, which Jennings stored in a Victorian bathtub along with other evidence from the case, including the infamous "handless hatchet," were left to the Fall River Historical Society by Jennings' grandson, who died last year...”



What fascinated me the most, as a genealogist, with this article is that relevant journals et al were held by a private individual and only just recently donated to a repository!  This gives me renewed hope that there are more “still hidden” collections of valuable documents to be revealed which might provide puzzle pieces to current or future researchers.

It also doesn't hurt that I have a great grandmother who is buried in Fall River and this reminded me of the Historical Society as a resource!




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