Semi O/T Lizzie Borden
I visited my DD and SIL in Massachusetts recently. I got to spend the whole day with DD. We went shopping at "Savers," did some siteseeing and of course visited the Lizzie Borden house in Fall River.
As you know Lizzie killed her STEPmother basically after years of feuding, mostly over finances. The straw that broke the camel's back was when Lizzie's and Emma's (her older sister) father Andrew decided to bail out one of the SM's relatives financially who were on the precipice of getting evicted (back then there were NO tenants rights and the landlord could evict you for anything; there were ZERO second chances). Andrew purchased the house for them outright and let them live in it rent free. From all accounts, the SM, Abby, made every effort to try and gain the skid's approval to no avail. Not the "eeeeeeeevvvvvviiiiiiillll SM" that we hear so much about.
Lizzie, being a doted on skid (mother died when she was young) wanted to have a life like her "richer" relatives up on the hill.
Andrew was very frugal despite having the equivalent of today's money 10 to 12 million dollars. The SM, Abby, was killed FIRST that way her family would be sure NOT to inherit any of Andrew's wealth, then she killed her father with the same hatchet (allegedly)
False chivalry was in play since her jurors were all men and decided that a helpless female could not have possibly done such a horrid act.
Lizzie promptly burned the dress she was wearing when she did the deed saying there was paint on it, charred the hatchett in the fire so as to remove any traces and blood, etc. Emma her older sister had an alibi of being "out of town" and one of her uncles just decided to show up the night before then mysteriously leave the next day before the murders took place. The maid also had an alibi as well. No 'enemies" of Andrew were ever found as suspects. Many came forward saying that Lizzie was warped from childhood; often killing small animals such as cats and birds so as to have funerals for them (hmm sound familiar to me; SD in my case was like this)
Lizzie and Emma immediately went out and bought a mansion on a hill, naming it "Maplecroft" and the rest is history.
Hmm seems like the SM/skids feud is forever eternal.