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Monday, July 18, 2011

Casey Anthony - Lizzie Borden

Lizzie Borden took an axAnd gave her mother forty whacks,
When she saw what she had done
She gave her father forty-one.

Just for the record, the total number of whacks delivered to her stepmother and father was 29, not 81 - but twenty nine doesn't rhyme with much, does it? The Casey Anthony trial reminds me so much of Lizzie Borden - the evidence was overwhelming, she was caught multiple times in untruths, and yet, walked. The arriving officers noted Lizzie standing calmly on the landing on their arrival mere feet away from the body of her stepmother, there was no sign of a break in, the neighbors saw no strange activity. The family had been fighting quite bitterly over the father's money and lack of generosity with his daughters, both of whom feared everything would go to their stepmother. At the time of the murder Lizzie stated she was in the barn looking for sinkers (the temps that day had been over 100) - the subsequent investigation showed a thick layer of undisturbed dust - Lizzie offered no explanation. She also burned a dress 3 days after the murder stating she had ruined it. Officers found a cleaned axe head with the handle missing. The media became a circus with the local society women supporting her - after all how could this young woman have murdered her own parents - and not be remorseful at all? After the trial was over and the money inherited she became shunned by the very society that had supported her and spent the rest of her life as a curiosity. She was sued by family members and was forced to settle claims. A lot of people think Casey has gotten away with with her crime and it's true she won't be going to jail. But it's started - she's forced to go into hiding, death threats dog her every step, she's being sued for over $100,000 to reimburse the rescue group that searched for that little girl even though she was very much aware she had died weeks prior. Her parents have disowned her and the chance of her every having any life is slim to nothing. They say history repeats itself - and that's not always a bad thing, is it?

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