Saturday, August 4, 2012

40 Whacks!

I'm in a morbid mood, so those with weak hearts may want to skip this post. Well, actually, this post isn't really all that gory. I just discovered that it was 120 years ago today that Lizzie Borden supposedly killed her mother and father.

Lizzie Borden took an axe
And gave her mother forty whacks.
When she saw what she had done
She gave her father forty-one.

I've been working on a sculpture for a new silicone Halloween mask today, so I'm in a morbid, Halloween state-of-mind, I guess. Anyway, I couldn't help not posting this. Anyone who is familiar with this story is probably just as attracted by the nostalgia of it as they are the morbidity. There's something about really old crimes that pique a certain curiosity in us. Lizzie Borden's case is one such incident.

Did she do it? No one knows for sure and if anyone did know, they're long gone now. Lizzie's story is one for the history books and fodder for fiction writers.

Another, lesser known, axe murder that was never solved was that of the New Orleans Axeman. If this sort of thing gets those synapses firing, go read about it. It's quite interesting, and disturbing. Thanks for stopping by!

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