Well, I don't believe we have any criminals in our family, at least not any that I ever heard about, (excluding all pranksters, of which there are many) so I paid The Library of Congress a visit to unearth at the very least, a man wearing a hat. Or, not. Nothing worth discussing there either. Stumped. So, I pondered through my lost thoughts of what criminal is still at large, (even though perhaps dead for years) but a real life criminal that got away with it?
So why not bring delightful murderess, Lizzie Andrew Borden to my criminal post?
As the poem goes, Elizabeth Borden took an axe and gave her mother forty whacks, and when the job was nicely done she gave her father forty-one. Lizzie's unsolved case is known as, Cause celebre but surely someone (the murderer) knew the whole truth.
Some folks said, "She did it!"
While others said, "No, she didn't."
But she had to have done it.
As her story goes, she was tried and acquitted in the 1892 axe murders of her father and her stepmother in Fall River, Massachusetts.
All these years, and theory after theory it's still a mystery.
I won't bore you with the old Lizzie Bordon poem, or this really excellent song form, but if you haven't read or heard it yet, you can check out these links.
The link for the music video has actual photos, and other humorous clips but is definitely worth viewing if you haven't ever seen them before.
The Jury for Lizzie Borden. In my opinion, they certainly aren't a group of men that I'd imagine would acquit her.
Last year marked the 120th anniversary of her trial, so all the players are gone.
The Providence Journal, Enduring Mystery The Life and Trials of Lizzie Borden, here.
Court room scene of the Lizzie Bordon trial.
Does anyone feel the desire to get a bit closer to the actual crime scene? Well, if you are adventurous enough, and enjoy spending a wakeful night of sleep, you can check into the Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast Museum.
So, what are your thoughts on Lizzie Borden?
Did she do it?