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Lizzie Borden
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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 7 to 8
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.98

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    attendee, defleshed, family-dysfunctional, housemaid, jennings, determined, respectable, homicide, burning, happening, considerable, publicity, hatchet, spinster, autopsy, better
     content words:    Lizzie Borden, Fall River, Andrew Borden, Uncle John, North East, Nance O'Neil, Abby Borden
Lizzie Borden

By Mary Lynn Bushong
1     What is it that makes certain murder cases stand out in our minds? Is it the people involved, the violence of the crime, or the time in which it happened? For the murder case revolving around Lizzie Borden, it may be all three since it was the first real case of its kind in the U.S.
 
2     The Borden family seemed like a typical American family. In fact, the matter of such a violent crime happening in a household like the Bordens' was shocking to the people in Fall River, Massachusetts, in 1892.
 
3     Lizzie Borden was born July 19, 1860, in Fall River, Massachusetts. She and her older sister Emma lived with their father and stepmother. Lizzie's father, Andrew, had considerable wealth and didn't willingly spend much of it. The women of the house evidently had enough money available to support the charities of their choice.
 
4     Lizzie was a regular attendee at church and even taught her own Sunday school class. At the time of the murder, she was a 32-year-old spinster who was thought to be quite respectable.

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