Lizzie Borden is one of the most infamous figures in American history. At the age of 32, in August 1893 she was arrested for the axe (or hatchet) murder of her father and step-mother. Nearly a year later, June 20, 1893, she was acquitted of the grizzly crimes. Public opinion however did not agree.
In 2012, the museum in Lizzie’s hometown of Fall River, Massachusetts began a display of two journals kept by Lizzie’s attorney during her trial. The journals conflict with popular misconceptions about Lizzie, such as that of her being decidedly cold-hearted. The journals reignited interest in the murder trial, but did not offer any new insight into Lizzie’s guilt or innocence.