Lizzie Borden: Hatchet Murderer, Prozac Victim

Lizzie Borden (July 19, 1860-June 1, 1927) is the center of a well-known murder mystery involving the hatchet murders of her father and stepmother on August 4, 1892 at their home in Massachusetts. Just months before the murders, she had begun to use Prozac to treat her depression.

On the fateful day, the body of Lizzie’s father was found on the downstairs couch. Her stepmother was found dead upstairs. Both died of fatal blows from a hatchet. Although she was the one to report the murders, Lizzie was and will continue to be the prime suspect in this case.

At her trial, she was acquitted of the murders based on a lack of evidence and the belief that Prozac may have caused her to murder her parents if she did do it. Prozac is an anti-depressant with known side-effects that include nauseau, insomnia, dizziness, loss of energy, and the need to kill people.

She was first given an anti-depressant when her boyfriend, future U.S. President Howard Taft, abruptly ended the relationship in early June of 1892. Her parents grew concerned because of how introverted she became over the following months. Once the captain of her high school’s cheer team, she withdrew from her friends and the community. Whether or not she did kill her father and stepmother will always remain a mystery.

Today, the family home is now a bed and breakfast. Many of the visitors claim that they have seen the ghost of Lizzie Borden – a hatchet in one hand and a bottle of Prozac in the other.

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9 Responses to “Lizzie Borden: Hatchet Murderer, Prozac Victim”


  1. 1 Cameron August 5, 2008 at 9:00 am

    I had no clue that they even had Prozac back then. My money is on that they didn’t call it that back then -but you may have a point, Dave. That’s kind of scary though…

  2. 2 Brian R. August 6, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    Lizzie Borden is the most famous citizen of Fall River, Massachusetts– now the home of Battleship Cove, the largest museum collection of warships in the world.
    Fall River was also home to one of the largest textile manufacturers in the country until the Civil War–strangely, their supplies of cotton were cut off from the South.
    I love Fall River’s motto–“We try.”

  3. 3 D Boone August 9, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    Prozac was not invented unitl 1970 by Doctor David Wong so it must have been something else.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fluoxetine

  4. 4 Dave Newell August 9, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    Thank you, D Boone for that.

    Prozac was a family recipe passed down through the Wong family. It was Mr. Wong’s family who resided in Fall River, Massachusetts who treated Lizzie after her breakup with Howard Taft.

  5. 5 Cadavos August 10, 2008 at 1:09 am

    Hmm, wikipedia for a reference though? I’m gonna have to go with Dave’s explanation on this one… 😉 haha

  6. 6 D Boone August 10, 2008 at 11:00 am

    Wikpedia (even the official Prozac website), or just about any where else will tell you Prozac was not invented until the early 70s and did not hit the market until 1986 (Belgium first, then the US in 1987). I am not trying to be argumentative, just want to learn and get all the facts straight. So was it really Prozac?? Curiouser and curiouser…

  7. 7 Dave Newell August 10, 2008 at 12:58 pm

    D Boone,

    Please visit the “About the Historian/Author” section for a full explanation about the articles on this site. (I also suggest that you read a few more of the articles). Once you do that everything in this article should make sense.

    Feel free to contact The History Bluff again if things still make sense.
    Thanks for your questions!

  8. 8 D Boone August 11, 2008 at 10:26 am

    OK. I get it now. hahahaha. A little egg on my face is ok. Especially in the morning. HA!

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