"Lizzie Borden took an axe and gave her mother forty whacks,
When she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one".
This is supposedly the skipping rope rhyme that children said after a particularly gruesome murder trail in Fall River, Massachusetts in the year 1892. (Can I just say that I hope children really did not say this, perhaps it was something that a newspaper wag wrote and put it in the mouths of children? Let's hope so anyway.) Lizzie Borden was charged with the murders of her father and step-mother who were found dead in their own home after they had been brutally attacked with a hatchet. Lizzie was put on trail but was found not guilty. No one else was ever charged and Lizzie Borden lived the rest of her life in Fall River, Massachusetts. If you ever visit there, the home itself has been turned into a Bed and Breakfast. I am not kidding.
I have read three books about this case. One book described Lizzie Borden committing the murders. Another book implicated the Irish maid and the third book had Lizzie's sister, Emma as the guilty culprit! There was an excellent TV movie in 1975, "The Legend of Lizzie Borden" with Elizabeth Montgomery (remember pretty Samantha from "Bewitched"?) playing the role of Lizzie Borden. Oddly enough, Elizabeth Montgomery was distantly related to Lizzie Borden. (She did not know this at the time of the filming. I wonder what she would have thought of this had she known?)
Now, there will be a new movie with Christina Ricci playing the role of Lizzie Borden which will be shown on Lifetime network here in the USA, on Saturday, Jan.25th at 8PM. The movie will be entitled "Lizzie Borden Took An Axe". (I have seen it spelled "axe" and "ax"...Richard says that axe is the British spelling but he thinks that ax is the American spelling. I must admit, I don't write that word very often!) Of course, I will be sure to watch the new movie next Saturday and I hope they stay close to the facts of the case. Do I think she was guilty? I really don't know. I am thinking that it is possible that she was innocent but then again, I just don't know, I still am not sure whether Lizzie Borden was guilty or not...
On a lighter note, I am thinking now, that a football (and for anyone else reading this from another country, I mean an AMERICAN football!) will look good on the front of the vest that I have crocheted! So..I am off to TRY and crochet a football. Wish me luck!
I crocheted something which was supposed to cover a coffee mug....but it was too big. However, it was perfect for this candle holder and then, I did this little red flower and tied it around this gray crocheted piece. It makes me happy when things work out that way! (The white candle behind it, is from the Monastery!) Hope you all have a good weekend. Richard told me he heard on the news that this weekend in Georgia is predicted to be the first completely DRY weekend we have had since November. YAY!)