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Another look at Lizzie, part 2


Andrew and Abby Borden were murdered in their home in Fall River, Massachusetts, on August 4, 1892. The crimes obviously shocked the residents of that municipality, which is located near the Rhode Island border.

Fall River was an industrial town that had seen its population almost triple in the two decades preceding the murders. In the 1890 census, Fall River had 74,000 people – up from 26,000 in 1870.

The Bordens were one of the most affluent families in town. Andrew and his first wife, Sarah Morse, had amassed a fortune that was eventually worth the approximate equivalent of ten mill...

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