Wednesday, December 2, 2015


TJ Henderson: 
I was thinking we could do the Lizzie Borden murder case.


Who killed Lizzie Borden?

TJ Henderson: 
Well actually she killed her parents, 
but 100 years ago people didn't think a woman could do something like that, 
so the jury let her off.

Those were the days.

TJ Henderson: 
Yeah, people even made up a little song about her. 
"Lizzie Borden took an axe, gave her mother 40 whacks, 
when she saw what she had done, she gave her father 41".
'Smart Guy'
"Diary Of A Mad School Girl"

On December 2, 1892, Lizzie Borden was called before the inquest into her parents' murders in Fall River, Massachusetts.  It has never been conclusively proven that she actually weilded the axe which killed them and other suspects have included her sister Emma, her maternal uncle, and her father's illegitimate son.  Lizzie was tried but acquitted.

Lizzie Borden's story has been told many times on television and most of those versions have been relegated to other TV dimensions.  Perhaps the most famous version was a 1975 TV movie starring Elizabeth Montgomery, which I think should be in the "Movie Of The Week" TV dimension.  For evil Toobworld, I would suggest using the 'Alfred Hitchcock Presents' episode since it posited that Emma Borden was definitely the killer.

But for the main Toobworld, I'm going with the TV series and television movie which starred Christina Ricci.  TV series are always going to get preference in Earth Prime-Time.  And because it didn't deal with Lizzie herself but events surrounding the Borden house, the 'Supernatural' episode remains in the Earth Prime-Time mosaic for the story.

Here are the various incarnations of the Lizzie Borden story, compiled by Wikipedia:

"The Legend of Lizzie" (1953), an episode of 'Suspense', aired on 10 March 1953 starring Katharine Bard as Lizzie.

"The Older Sister", an episode of 'Alfred Hitchcock Presents', aired on 22 January 1956, presents the alternative theory that Lizzie (played by Carmen Matthews) covered for her older sister, Emma, the actual murderer.

"Legend of Murder: The Untold Story of Lizzie Borden" (1961), an episode of 'Armstrong Circle Theatre' broadcast on 11 October 1961 starring Clarice Blackburn (who later starred on ABC-TV's 'Dark Shadows') as Lizzie.

"The Legend of Lizzie Borden", a 1975 ABC film based on the case. It speculated that the title character (played by Elizabeth Montgomery) had committed the murders naked, thereby leaving no bloody clothing in evidence. Elizabeth Montgomery and Lizzie Borden were sixth cousins once removed, both descending from 17th-centuryMassachusetts resident John Luther. 

"Lizzie Borden" (1976), an episode of 'Second Verdict' broadcast on 24 June 1976 starring Rosemary Leach as Lizzie.

'Friday the 13th: The Series' (1987-1990) had an episode named "Wax Magic" with Lizzie Borden played by actress Susannah Hoffman.

A 1998 episode of 'Smart Guy' made numerous references to Borden. In the episode, the main character (T.J.) works on a school project about her.

"Lizzie Borden Took an Ax", a U.S. television movie that premiered on Lifetime on January 25, 2014 with Christina Ricci in the title role.

'The Lizzie Borden Chronicles', a limited series and sequel to the above TV movie that premiered on Lifetime on April 5, 2015 (with Ricci again playing Lizzie), which presents a fictional account of Lizzie's life after the trial.

"Thin Lizzie", an episode of the TV series 'Supernatural', is centered around a possible haunting of the house where the murders took place.

So, for the main Toobworld, right now the following Lizzie Borden stories are part of the timeline:
  • "Lizzie Borden Took An Ax"
  • 'The Lizzie Borden Chronicles'
  • 'Friday The 13th' - "Wax Magic"
  • 'Smart Guy' - "Diary Of A Mad School Girl"
  • 'Supernatural' - "Thin Lizzie"
All of the rest can be relegated to other TV dimensions.....


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