The silence of a small New England town was shattered on the afternoon of August 4, 1892. Andrew Borden and his second wife, Abby, were brutally murdered with an ax. No one heard anything while the crime was being committed, but the media sensation it caused was heard across the country.
Maid Bridget Sullivan was awaken from a nap by Lizzie Borden’s screams. Sullivan was ill and had gone up to her room in the late morning. She was under the impression Abby Borden was out of the house. Lizzie, Andrew’s youngest daughter, had said Abby received a note from a friend and left.
Andrew Borden’s body was found on the first-floor sofa. He had been struck in the face multiple times. It was a gruesome sight. His nose had been hacked from his body, and an eyeball was cut in half.
Sullivan ran for help while the neighbors, suspicious of the commotion, called the police. Sullivan soon returned with the town doctor, Seabury Bowen, and not long after found Abby dead upstairs. She, too, had been struck multiple times, and Dr. Bowen concluded Abby was killed first.
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