Lizzie had not been totally dependent upon
her father. She and Emma had the rent income from their grandfather's
house which totaled, to my knowledge, about $30 a month. In addition,
Andrew gave Abby, Lizzie and Emma $2 a week spending money. From the way
Mrs. Whitehead talked, Abby got the rent money for her half ownership of the 4th
Street house, so all three of them had a small income of their own.
Think about it. Bridget was paid $3 a
week. That was good wages back then, as most maids got $2.50 and cooks
$3. You can correct me on this but I think the women working in the mills,
some 60 hours a week, got about the same as Lizzie did for doing
Unfortunately, I, not caring much for Lizzie as a
person, had not followed up on what happened after the trial, but I do not
believe she spend another night in that house. She and Emma spent the
following two weeks or so at Dr. Handy's cottage. Then, according to
Florence Brigham, the former curator of the Historical Society, believed
it was her mother-in-law, Mary Brigham, who got Lizzie to buy the French Street
Those different organizations Lizzie belonged to,
seems I read somewhere that they had given her some responsibilities
in them and if it looked like they were running short of money,
Lizzie could be relied upon to help in that way also.
A more one-sided case you'll never find
again. After August 4th, no reporter got to speak to Lizzie. Even
Hanscom, the detective hired by the family lawyer Jennings, was denied entrance
to speak to her. No one made any great effort to see if Lizzie could have
been innocent. Had they done so, before the month was out, Lizzie would
have been out of jail and Bridget arrested.
]Pat, you are right in one thing, namely than
Lizzie relied on men to solve the murders and they failed. Jennings did
not bring in Adams till August 21, the day before the hearing was scheduled to
begin. Then they did not bring in Robinson till, what was it, the first of
What I found amazing was Knowlton's summation ( a
masterpiece) at the end of the trial, that they (the jurors) should forget the
evidence they had heard and rely on his words alone.
Enter Judge Dewey, he who had been seen taking
copious notes during the trial. In his one and one-half charge to the
jury, he tore Knowlton's summation to shreds. I have to believe that Dewey
had had run-ins with Knowlton in the past and he'd finally had had enough of
Knowlton's high-handedness. Did Dewey believe in the adage "LET RIGHT BE
DONE?" Reporters noted that Knowlton had remained impassive during Dewey's
entire charge to the jury.
End of book
Author of Lizzie Borden Hands of Time
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She was living a free and independent life already.
HI Muriel - I don't understand how you can say this when
she was totally financially dependent on her father. She had no means of
support other than him.
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