Saturday, August 04, 2007

Happy Lizzie Borden Day!

Yes, today is the day back in 1892 when Lizzie Borden hacked her parents to death...or did she? This was the first unsolved true crime story that I became fascinated with. I think it was about 5th grade and we had our RIF (Reading Is Fundamental) thingy where we were given the chance to get a free book. I took one on true crime. There were maybe 6 or 7 stories in it; the Lindbergh baby, D. B. Cooper, and others that I don't quite remember. But the one that stuck in my mind was Lizzie Borden. Even my Mom recited the poem from heart when I told her what I was reading about:

Lizzie Borden took and ax
and gave her mother forty whacks.
And when she saw what she had done,
she gave her father forty one.

To read up on Lizzie and the story try here at the Crime Library. Be careful...a very addictive site. I'm also quite a Jack the Ripper buff. I know this all makes me sound rather twisted. I just love a good mystery and forensics have fascinated me for a long time. That was a potential career path of mine, once upon a time. So read up and enjoy!

Do you know who did it??

1 comment:

TheAntagonist said...

Thats funny, a couple of my coworkers and I were discussing forensics and crime scene investigation the other night.

For me the fascination has always been serial murderers, what makes them do what they do and why. Extreme behavior of all kinds fascinates me I think a lot of that my behavior has been so moderate. You know, opposites attracting and all.

I remember seeing some really creepy commercial on the old channel 11 (maybe 9) in NYC probably relating somehow to Halloween reciting the story, stuck with me forever. I still hear that voice in my head when I read it.