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Rehashing History: The Still Legendary Lizzie Borden

"Lizzie Borden took an ax And gave her mother forty whacks. When she saw what she had done She gave her father forty-one." Whoever wrote this jump-rope song About Lizzie Borden got it wrong. Though she did give her stepmom ax whacks aplenty, By the coroner's count there were no more than twenty. Then before anyone could scold her or scoff, Lizzie took her little hatchet, And whacked her daddy off. And how many love taps sent Papa to heaven? The doc thought maybe ten, No, better make that eleven. What made Lizzie do it, What caused her to snap? Was she simply fed up with her family's crap? Was stepmother's embrace somewhat less than maternal, And her dad's fond caress somewhat more than paternal? Then, of course, there's her sister who saved her from grief When she helped her burn evidence, And then on the witness stand raised her right hand And very politely lied through her teeth. The inquest was heated, Everyone testified, And though she changed hers often, Liz was well-alibied. All through the trial she sat calm and unmoved And was finally acquitted, her guilt never proved. Now all these years later her legend lives on, Of the usual suspects she's still number one. When I read about Lizzie I have often opined, If she had been musically, As well as murderously, inclined, I wonder if Miz Liz would still be so well-known If her "axe"* had been a saxophone. *Slang musical term for an instrument such as a saxophone or guitar.

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Date: 10/21/2022 12:39:00 PM
I think it had to be her, there was simply no one else with motive and opportunity, and I also like your fun verse, especially about how her sister very politely lied through her teeth!
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Jim Slaughter
Date: 10/21/2022 12:41:00 PM
Thanks, Michelle. I think there was no doubt whatsoever about her guilt...it just somehow couldn't be proven.
Date: 10/20/2022 1:48:00 PM
oh, i hope you keep writing these, jim! i absolutely love them! your rhyming is such a joy to read...
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Jim Slaughter
Date: 10/20/2022 1:55:00 PM
Ilene, many thanks, and I hope so, too. They are great fun.
Date: 10/20/2022 12:48:00 PM
Very interesting, Jim. Raises several questions the answers I suppose we'll never know.
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Jim Slaughter
Date: 10/20/2022 1:54:00 PM
Thanks, L M, and you're probably right.