Lizzie Borden


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was accused of hacking to death her aged father and stepmother in Fall River, Mass. (Aug. 4, 1892). The trial of the spinster Lizzie was a national sensation. Since there was only circumstantial evidence, she was acquitted, but her supposed crime won her a place in American popular legend. In addition to ballads and contemporary literature, the case has been the subject of several novels; of some plays, including John Colton's Nine Pine Street (1933); and a ballet, Fall River Legend (1948) by Agnes De Mille.

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