Lizzie Borden was an abused daughter by her controlling, rich, and mean father. She observed sexual abuse of the Irish house maid who was her friend. Once she found out her father was planning to institutionalize her after his death for her epilepsy, she took matters into her own hands. She got the famous axe and whacked her step mother and father so many times that she was never convicted of the crime. The thinking was the crime was way to violent for an upper class refined woman to commit. Whack whack.