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Lizzie Borden


Information Text Prediction Statements






Most people who commit crimes are often tried and found guilty based on public opinion.

Money can get you out of trouble if you have enough of it.

Normal people do not commit crimes of passion or act out of impulse.

Murder is acceptable in society as long as it is self-defense.

In most families, children are taught to respect, honor, and obey their parents.

Wealth and societal position influences people to make better moral choices.

People who have a temper or are quick to react are more likely to make irrational choices and sometimes appear insane.

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Murder Trial Insane

Poison Rats Crime

Shocked robbery weapon

Brutal deception lies

Doubt guilty evidence

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    Early Life

Born on July 19, 1860, Lizzie Andrew Borden and her older sister, Emma Lenora, were raised by their stepmother, Abby, and their father, Andrew. Lizzie’s mother, Sarah Morse, died when Lizzie was an infant; two years later, Andrew married Abby Durfee Gray, who cared for the Borden girls for thirty years. By 1892, Lizzie was thirty-two and Emma was forty-two years of age. Unmarried, both sisters continued to live in the Borden house on 92 Second Street, one of the busiest streets in Fall River, Massachusetts.

The Borden name was influential in Fall River. The eighth generation of Bordens in the town, Andrew owned numerous properties, served as bank president, sat on the board of directors of three other banks, and was the director of several businesses. He was worth a half-million dollars (a multimillionaire by contemporary standards) and was a man of high social standing, known for his considerable wealth as well as for his penurious nature. Lizzie was an active member of her church, a Sunday school teacher, a participant in a variety of women’s groups, a leader of the town’s Christian Endeavor Society, and a member of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union.

Shortly before noon on August 4, 1892, the body of Andrew Borden, a prosperous businessman, was found in the parlor of his Fall River, Massachusetts, home. As neighbors, police and doctors arrived at the scene, the body of Abby Borden, his wife, was discovered in an upstairs bedroom.

Your Role in the Story

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  • Role 3: Interrogator

  • Role 4: Advisor

The notorious 19th-century trial of Lizzie Borden, a wealthy New England woman accused of killing her parents with an ax

The Ruling

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