Thursday, August 04, 2011

The Link Between Barack Obama and Accused Ax Murderer Lizzie Borden

Always On Watch informed me that Obama's birthday, August 4, falls on the anniversary of the famous Lizzie Borden murders.  On August 4, 1892, in their home in Fall River, Massachusetts, someone hacked Lizzie's parents to death with an ax.  Her step-mom was found dead in an upstairs bedroom and her father was hacked beyond recognition as he napped on his living room couch.  Most people think Lizzie did it, but she was acquitted of the crime at trial, and lived in luxury for the rest of her days, spending mom and dad's fortune.  Oh well.

Children liked to chant a rhyme in front of Lizzie's door and then run.  The rhyme was:
Lizzie Borden took an ax,
Gave her mother forty whacks;
When she saw what she had done,
She gave her father forty-one.

Obama has some things in common with Lizzie Borden, and here's a cartoon to prove it.  (AOW deserves credit for the idea and is also running this cartoon):

Read more about the Lizzie Bordern murders here (with gruesome photos) and at Wikipedia here.

24 comments:

Always On Watch said...

Stogie,
Thank you so much for making that wonderful graphic. When I first heard that Obama's birthday fell on August 4, Lizzie Borden popped into my head.

I've been fascinated for over three decades by what happened on August 4, 1892. In fact, I've done extensive research on the topic, including visiting Fall River, talking to an old lady who actually knew Lizzie Borden, attending a symposium on the topic, and going through the Borden home, which is now open to tours (of sorts).

I once did a post about Lizzie Borden. If what happened on the day in 1892 interests you at all, you might want to read that post.

Again, thank you for the graphic. I rarely come up with ideas for graphics as I'm not "a visual person." Maybe that's why I struggle so much with my computer?

Stogie said...

I read your post once before but will do so again; the story is fascinating. I think Lizzie did it, perhaps with help, because her father was going to leave most of his fortune to his second wife and cut Lizzie and Emma out of the money. Other factors may never be known, e.g. Lizzie's father may have been molesting her. The murder was obviously done by someone in a state of rage.

Always On Watch said...

Lizzie's father was not a nice man.

When he worked as an undertaker, he cut off people's feet so as to fit them into shorter caskets.

When news of Andrew Borden first reached Fall River, one fellow said, "Somebody did a good job."

Yes, certainly some of the populace of Fall River hated Andrew Borden because he was so rich (sour grapes and all that). On the other hand, the man was a kind of Scrooge.

The odds are that he did molest both Lizzie and Emma.

Stogie said...

AOW, I watched a video of a historian's speech last night, and she said Andrew sold coffins (he was in the funeral business). He would talk grieving families into buying expensive coffins for their deceased loved ones, then would switch the bodies to cheap coffins for burial.

However, after reading the prosecution's closing arguments, I am convinced it had to be Lizzie who did the deed.

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