Lizzie Borden Folklore Poster
Even though it was not yet noon, the day was stiflingly hot,
over one hundred degrees. An elderly man, still wearing his
heavy morning coat, reclines on a sofa for a little nap.
His wife is upstairs, lying on the floor of the guestroom, having been
dead for the past hour and a half. The killer enters the room
where he is sleeping, the impact awakens him from
the same weapon that killed his wife.
"Inspection of the victims discloses that Mrs. Borden had been
slain by the use of some sharp and terrible instrument, inflicting
upon her head eighteen blows, thirteen of them crushing through the
skull; and below stairs, lying upon the sofa, was Mr. Borden's dead and
mutilated body, with eleven strokes upon the head, four of them crushing
the skull." From the closing arguments for the defense of Lizzie Borden, made by her
principal attorney, George D. Robinson.
According to one Fall River legend, "When Andrew Borden was an undertaker,
he would cut the feet off the corpses in order to cram them into undersized
coffins that he got cheap."
The hatchet murders of Andrew J. Borden and his wife,
Abby Borden have attracted much attention over
one hundred years because of the bloodiness of
the act which occured in a respectable late nineteenth century domestic
setting. What was even more shocking was that the accused was a
respectable church-going, sunday school teacher and the spinster daughter of
Andrew J. Borden. Lizzie Borden was charged with parricide,
the murder of both parents.
In the end, considering the unusual circumstances in an era of swift justice,
overwhelming newspaper coverage, a passionately divided public opinion regarding
her guilt or innocence, the incompetence of the prosectution,
and almost entirely circumstantial evidence, Lizzie Borden was found not guilty
for the brutal murders of
Regardless of what one might know about Lizzie Borden, she will be
forever immortalized in the school-yard jump-rope song:
Lizzie Borden took an ax
And gave her mother forty whacks.
And when she saw what she had done,
She gave her father forty-one.
This poster is 17 inches wide by 22 inches high, generous black ink lushly printed on parchment stock.
PLEASE NOTE: This poster image was hand-drawn by Madame Talbot using General's Cedar Pointe #333-2HB pencils on Crescent 201.6 Hot Press Medium Weight illustration board at original poster size. An antique Koh-i-Noor rapidograph pen and Dr. P. H. Martin's Bombay Black India ink were used for final inking.
After completion, the image was hand-delivered to Ryan Gwinner Press in Portland, Oregon and printed on an offset printing press.
Absolutely no computers were used in the creation of this poster - from start to finish.
The copyright notice is on the website image only and not on the printed poster.