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See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

Lizzie Borden took an axe
Gave her mother forty whacks
When she saw what she had done
She gave her father forty-one

If you ever skipped to this gruesome rhyme as a child you may already know about Lizzie Borden, whose father Andrew and stepmother Abby were murdered in their family home in Fall River, Massachusetts in a horrifically savage axe killing. The only people home at the time were Lizzie, a spinster in her early 30s, and Bridget Sullivan, the family's maid, and there was no sign of forced entry. Bridget had been repeatedly sick that day with a stomach upset that also affected Andrew and Abby, and had taken to her bed in her attic bedroom when Lizzie 'discovered' her butchered father and raised the alarm. Lizzie's odd behaviour, her insistence that she had heard nothing while the frenzied attacks took place and her generally confused testimony led to her being charged with the murders, although she was acquitted after a trial by an all-male jury who simply couldn&#…

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