"Maggie, come quick! Father's dead. Somebody came in and killed him," Lizzie Borden reportedly exclaimed to the family's live-in maid.
And so came to be one of the most gruesome scenes ever to beset Fall River: Lizzie's well-to-do but frugal father, Andrew Borden, lay slumped on a couch, his body hatcheted close to a dozen times. Nearby in the guest room, Lizzie's stepmother—whom Lizzie was known to have had a cold relationship with—was discovered face down in a bloody mess, axed 19 times to the head.
Despite grossly contradicting herself and displaying odd behavior in and out of the courtroom, accused ax murderess Lizzie Borden was eventually acquitted. Her trial stands as one of a mere handful of notorious trials in the history of American courtroom proceedings that have stirred up such widespread publicity and public controversy.