Today I’m welcoming Christine (C.A.) Verstraete for the Women in Horror Month Blog Talks. Christine loves writing with a bit of a scare! She is the author of Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter and a young adult novel, GIRL Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie. If you visit my blog, you know what a huge fan of zombies I am, so this is exciting to have her here for the Choice of Weapons day.
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Having just written about one of history’s most infamous alleged killers, Lizzie Borden, I’d have to choose the hatchet or axe as not a favorite, but the most deadly, if not the scariest of weapons.
There’s something eerie, and truly frightening, about the idea of a woman—and an upstanding Sunday School teacher at that—swinging, hacking, and attacking not one, but two people. But that is what 32-year-old Borden was accused of doing when she was put on trial in 1893 for the murders of her father, Andrew Borden, and stepmother, Abby Durfee Borden, on Aug. 4, 1892.
No direct proof connecting Lizzie with the crime was ever found, though only she and the maid, Bridget Sullivan, were at home at the time of the murders. Did she do it or didn’t she? The jury thought not, or at least weren’t convinced by the lack of evidence, and voted not guilty.
A Victorian tragedy, Borden continues to fascinate today. Dozens of reasons have been given as to why she might have committed the crime—madness, jealousy, rage, female hormones, an illicit affair, incest…
When I decided to write about Lizzie Borden, I followed the timetable of the actual crime, used transcripts and newspaper accounts as part of the story, but came up with an even more unique solution as to why she might have committed the crime. What if Lizzie did kill her father and stepmother… because she had no other choice?
Here’s a short excerpt:
Every muscle quivering, Lizzie fought with everything she had to keep his mouth away from her body and limbs. Her strength waning, she hoped to fight for as long as possible when Emma yelled from the doorway.
“Father!” Emma screamed. “Lizzie, what are you doing? You’re hurting him!”
A quick glance told Lizzie her sister was still not herself. Lizzie struggled to talk while she fought to keep her father at arm’s length. “Emma, help.” She panted with the effort. “Please, help. He’s sick, he’s gone insane. Help me.”
Emma finally blinked and stared like she was seeing everything for the first time. “Lizzie! What should I do?”
“The hatchet!” Lizzie pleaded. “Get the hatchet. Hurry, please hurry! I can’t hold out much longer.”
* What’s your view on Lizzie Borden? Guilty or not guilty?
About Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter: Every family has its secrets… One hot August morning in 1892, Lizzie Borden picked up an axe and murdered her father and stepmother. Newspapers claim she did it for the oldest of reasons: family conflicts, jealousy and greed. But what if her parents were already dead? What if Lizzie slaughtered them because they’d become… zombies?