Correspondent Erin Moriarty and the “48 Hours” double murder investigation that captures the nation and keeps an eye on very cool cases that turn out to be shocking “Lizzie Borden took an ax” Airs Saturday, March 28 at 10 / 9c on CBS.
That’s it. When talking about a woman’s monthly physical activity, many people are unhappy. So, did any of the young men take the opportunity of that discomfort in the two murders? Did he clean his blood trail and leave the evidence open, knowing that male investigators would not be watching closely? This may explain why a case that occurred more than a century ago continues to amaze crime experts today.
The suspect is Lizzie Borden. In the morning of August 4, 1892, Lizzie’s father, Andrew Borden, and his stepmother, Abby, were murdered at a family home in Fall River, Massachusetts. Both of them were denied death by sharp objects, believed to be a hatchet.
Lizzie, 32, quickly became the prime suspect in both motives and opportunities. He hated his stepmother and, after his father’s death, became the heir to the million today. What’s more, Liz Borden was home with no credible alibi, just a few miles away from meeting friends when her older sister Emma was murdered. Investigations revealed that on the day before the murder, a woman identified as Lizzie tried to buy pruic acid to repair, a silkskin cape. The suspected druggist refused to sell it to him.
The circumstantial evidence points to Lizzie. And yet, where was the blood? Investigators were stunned by the lack of blood evidence to link Lizzie to the murder. Abby Borden, who was first murdered in the upstairs bedroom, was hit four times. Andrew was hit multiple times in the head by a sleeper on a couch. If Lizzie had been a killer, wouldn’t he have splattered blood? Did he not leave the blood path? The neighbor next door, who came home shortly after Andrew died, saw no blood on Lizzie or her clothes. Two days after the murder, police searched the house and found no clothing soaked in blood. Lizzie Borden’s only blood was found in a small scar on an undershirt.
In fact, evidence of the cleanup was in front of the officers all along, and they discounted it. When investigators searched the home, they were found in a pellet on the floor, like bloody clothes or shrimps. When Lizzie indicated that he was having struts, which is confirmed by the family physician, investigators accepted him and went ahead, never examining Pell’s content. Later, family housewife Bridget Sullivan – who did family laundry earlier in the week – wondered why she didn’t see the pill at the time, but it was too late.
If there was indeed evidence to clear a crime scene in that pail, the person who threw them there was clearly planning to kill, a woman gambling on a man well-known for performing bodily functions. It could have been a brilliant plan that not only helped clear Lizzie Borden’s murder, but kept us all still fascinated by a crime that could never really be solved.