4 August 1892 — Fall River
Lizzie Andrew Borden (July 19, 1860 – June 1, 1927) was the central figure in the hatchet murders of her father and stepmother on August 4, 1892 in Fall River, Massachusetts. The murders, subsequent trial, and following trial by media have often compare with O. J. Simpson's Murder Trial, but the evidences against her were much weaker than the ones against O.J. Simpson. The timeline is as follows:
9:00 AM - Borden's guest, John Morse who was staying in the guest room left the house to visit some friends. Shortly after that, Andrew Borden left the house to take care some business. John Morse visited a lot of people and had plenty of alibi for his where about.
9:10 AM - Abby instructed the maid, Bridget Sullivan, a recent Irish immigrant, to wash all the windows inside and out
9:10 - ? - Some one killed Abbey Borden in the John Morse ( guest room ). Since the guest bed is between Abbey's body and door, no one could have seemed her body without entering the guest room.
10:45 AM - Andrew Borden left the bank as noted by the bank clerk.
11:00 AM - The maid Bridget opens the door and let in Andrew Borden, then went upstairs to take a nap. As she goes upstairs, she heard the town's bell ring eleven time.
11:15 AM - Bridget get awoken by Lizzie saying that her father has been murdered. Lizzie claimed that she just came in from the barn and found her father's body. The barn is a separate building from the house.
11:20 AM - Police were notified there has been a murder in Borden house.
11:25 AM - The first police arrived at the house, in the following minutes more police arrived and begin searching the house.. It was around noon that they discovered Abbey Borden's body in the guest room (John Morse's room), from the dried blood, it was apparent she has been dead for many hours.
That means Lizzie had only 15 minutes to give her father 11 to 13 whacks with a hatchet, clean herself of blood, hide the hatchet and wake up Bridget. This is why the guides at Lizzie Borden Inn believe it was a conspiracy. That Lizzie, maid Bridget, her sister Emma (out of town at the time) and the unknown killer were all in on the conspiracy. It was very interesting that everyone involved had excellent memory of the time, the maid Bridget, the bank teller and John Morse.
Although Lizzie Borden was acquitted, no one else was ever arrested or tried, and she has remained notorious in American folklore and the famous rhyme,
" Lizzie Borden took an ax and gave her mother 40 whacks, when she saw what she has done, she gave her father 41 whacks."
Note the whack counts are inaccurate as Andrew Borden only got about 11 to 13 whacks.