AboutLizzie Borden took an axe.
Gave her mother forty whacks.
When she saw what she had done.
She gave her father forty-one.
BUT IN BETWEEN SHE DID THE IRONING
The rhyme gives the impression that Lizzie was a little girl; she was in her thirties. It was her stepmother not her mother. Her father killed her pet pigeons shortly before the murders. Lizzie Borden claimed she suffered from âbrown-outs' in which she had no memory of what she had done. These episodes occurred at a particular time of the month. Lizzie was found not guilty possibly because the jury could not believe that such a respectable young woman could commit such a horrendous act; possibly because they could not discuss the presence of menstrual blood.