On Thursday, August 4, 1892, 92 Second Street in Fall River, Massachusetts became known worldwide as the place where Andrew Borden and his second wife, Abby Durfee Gray Borden, were brutally murdered. Andrew’s youngest daughter, Lizzie Borden, quickly became the sole suspect. Lizzie was tried and eventually found not guilty. She spent the rest of her life living in a beautifully appointed home in a fashionable neighborhood of the city.
As a young child growing up in New England, I remember singing this song during recess while playing hop scotch or soaring high on the swing sets. Children rarely pay attention to the meaning of nursery rhymes, and that moment in our lives when we learn about the morbidity of those beloved songs is for lack of a better word…SHOCKING!