Lizzie Borden is well known to most Americans, base on the thyme about her.
Lizzie Borden took an axe
And gave her mother forty whacks,
When she saw what she had done,
She gave her father forty-one.
Talk about being tried in the media. Lizzie Borden did go to trial for the murder of her father and stepmother. However she was acquitted. However she remained guilty in the minds of millions of Americans. She inherited a couple hundred thousand dollars from her father. She had argued with her stepmother. However the judge, and the community, and the jury, were convinced such a petite young woman, with such gracious manners, could not have committed such a crime.
Taken from "The Good, the Bad and the Mad" by