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AUGUST 4, 1892: Andrew and Abby Borden, a wealthy couple in Fall River, Mass., are found brutally murdered in their home, and suspicion soon falls on daughter Lizzie Borden, who with sister Emma lived with their parents and who was the only person other the family’s housekeeper who was there when the crime was discovered. Investigators find a hatchet in the family’s basement but are reluctant to utilize the then-new science of fingerprint identification due to lingering doubts about its reliability. Without physical evidence linking her to the murders, Lizzie persuades the jury of her innocence in a trial that draws nationwide media coverage. Thought acquitted of the crime, Lizzie would live under a cloud of suspicion until her death in 1927, bedeviled by an infamous rhyme that proclaimed her guilt.