The Trial of
December 25, 1845
||Andrew Borden, 23, marries Sarah Morse and moves
house on 92 Second St., Fall River, Massachusetts. (Andrew would
later purchase this home in 1871).
July 19, 1860
||Lizzie Andrew Borden is born.
March 26, 1863
||Sarah Borden, mother of Lizzie and her older
June 6, 1865
||Andrew Borden remarries. His new wife is
||Lizzie Borden stops calling her stepmother
||Bridget Sullivan, an Irish immigrant, begins
the Borden home.
June 24, 1891
||Daytime robbery of cash and jewelry at the Borden
(Emma, Lizzie, and Bridget are home at time). Lizzie, who had
been accused of shoplifting by a local merchant, is the family's prime
suspect. From this date, doors to the Borden home--inside and out--are
||According to Hannah Gifford, a Fall River
tells Gifford that Abby "is a mean old thing."
May or June 1892
||Andrew Borden uses a hatchet to kill pigeons in
barn. The pigeons roosted in a barn loft that Lizzie maintained for
July 21, 1892
||Following a family disagreement, Lizzie and Emma
leave Fall River and travel to New Bedford.
August 2, 1892
||Abby and Andrew Borden awaken, complaining
sickness. Abby visits Dr. Bowen. She suggests that she
have been poisoned, but Dr. Bowen is skeptical.
Aug. 3, 1892: A.M.
||Lizzie reportedly tries, unsuccessfully, to buy
from Eli Bence at D. R. Smith's drug store.
Aug. 3, 1892: P.M.
||John Morse arrives for a stay with the
visits Alice Russell and talks forebodingly about household
She says she fears poisoning, that her father has enemies, and that she
has seen suspicious characters around the family house. "I'm
but that someone will do something," she says.
Aug. 4, 1892: A.M.
||About 7 A.M., Abby, Andrew, and John Morse have
Afterwards, Morse and Andrew go to the sitting room while Abby begins
house cleaning chores. Bridget Sullivan goes to the backyard to
up. Morse leaves about 8:45. Libby has a light breakfast about 9
A.M. A few minutes later, Andrew leaves the home, taking with him
some letters that Lizzie asked him to mail.
Aug. 4, 1892: 9:30 A.M.
||Abby goes up the stairs to continue her house
on the second floor. Bridget Sullivan is outdoors cleaning
for the next hour. Sometime during the next hour, Abby Borden is
killed in the guest room by 19 hatchet blows to the back of her head.
Aug. 4, 1892: 11 A.M.
||Andrew Borden returns home carrying a small
Bridget Sullivan lets Andrew into the house as she hears a muted laugh
from upstairs. Lizzie visits her father briefly in the dining
telling him that Abby had received a message and left the house.
Andrew lies down in the sitting room, and Bridget goes to rest in her
room. Andrew Borden is murdered shortly thereafter in the sitting
room sofa. Lizzie calls for Bridget, saying someone had killed
father. Lizzie tells a neighbor, Adelaide Churchill, that she had
been in the barn looking for "irons" (sinkers for an upcoming fishing
at the time of the murder. Shortly after 11:15, police are notified of
Aug. 4, 1892: P.M.
||Dozens of policemen troop in and out of the
Doctors perform a post-mortem on the bodies on the dining room
Lizzie is interrogated by Deputy Marshal Fleet. Lizzie speaks in
a detached manner and when Fleet calls Abby her mother, Lizzie insists,
"She is not my mother--she is my step-mother."
August 6, 1892
||An editorial in the Fall River paper criticizes
for inaction in the Borden case. A funeral service for Andrew and
Abby is held at the Borden home.
August 7, 1892
||Emma observes Lizzie burning her blue corduroy
the kitchen fire.
August 9-11, 1892
||An inquest, closed to the public, is held to
murders of Andrew and Abby Borden. On August 11, Lizzie Borden is
arrested by Marshal Hilliard.
August 12, 1892
||Lizzie enters a plea of "Not Guilty."
Lizzie is moved
to a jail in Taunton, eight miles north of Fall River.
August 22-23, 1892
||A preliminary hearing is held. Judge Josiah
finds that there is probable cause to try Lizzie for murder.
November 31, 1892
||Alice Russell tells the grand jury about the
received from Lizzie the night before the murders. The grand jury
issues an indictment against Lizzie for murder two days later..
June 5, 1893
||The trial of Lizzie Borden opens at the New
June 20, 1893
||The jury returns its verdict in the Lizzie Borden
June 1, 1927
||Lizzie Borden dies at age 67. Eight days
sister Emma dies. Both women were buried at the family burial
in Oak Grove Cemetery in Fall River.
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