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July 19 in Sci-Fi History: Lizzie Borden Took an Axe ...

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Zac Hug
Jul 19, 2017

Not gonna lie, it's sort of a slow news day in Sci-Fi History. That didn't stop us from digging pretty deeply into what is arguably one of the greatest true-crime horror stories in American folklore: Lizzie Borden, who was born on this day in 1860.

Look, they've made some pretty weird movies about this, most recently the Lifetime version with Christina Ricci from 2014:

The long and the short of it is that in Fall River, Massachusetts, in 1892, a woman named Lizzie Borden probably killed her father and her stepmother with an axe. She was tried for the murders and the evidence is really compelling against her. But ultimately, nobody would believe that a woman (and a Sunday school teacher at that) would do such a thing.

In 1975, Elizabeth Montgomery (Samantha Stevens herself!) also played Lizzie Borden. That movie had Fionulla Flanagan and Ed Flanders.

If you're into true crime and haven't yet wandered down the path to Fall River, let us nudge you in that direction while leaving you with the eerie jump-rope rhyme that swept the country during her trial: Lizzie Borden took an axe, gave her mother forty whacks; When she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one.

Also this weird thing from Dance Moms:

Tomorrow: Bruce Lee and Space Exploration.