Lizzie Borden Acquitted of the August 4, 1892 Axe Murders (Colorized)
We all know, from the children’s ditty, what crime Lizzie Borden was accused of. According to the rhyme, she axed her parents with dozens of powerful and deadly whacks on the fateful morning of August 4, 1892. In all likelihood, Lizzie, shown her in a colorized photograph from the time, did murder her parents in a violent manner.
On June 20, 1893, ten months after the murders, however, Lizzie Borden was found not guilty on the charges. Her acquittal, as we will see, had more to do with gender stereotypes than it did with hard evidence.