Convicted By Opinion: But Nothing Ever Proved Lizzie Borden Chopped Up Pop And Mom With L"; By WARD CANNTCL . Newspaper Enterprise Assn, ','"'' NEW YOHK'-tNEA- They never Â· found Ihe murder weapon. They i. never found incriiniiitiling blood- ,'slains. They never really, found Â· ^anything but Ihc.bodies. After Ihc . trial and acquittal, Ilicy never --again tried lo."solve;,Ihe brutal ...killings. -Â· -' Heedlessly, however, the world ;'. has continued to convict Lizzie Â· Boitlcn for the .^xe murders o! her father and mother in Fall Hivcr, Massachusetts. . Why ? Crime investigator Edward Fadin is among the few who remember Ihe (rial and the many who remember Lizzie. Today, after three years of meticulous research, he has discovered: Even al the height of the trial in 1893, nobody expected Lizzie to be convicted--not even Ihe 'dis- Hrict attorney prosecuting Ihe case. The clues or real guilt obviously pointed to another person, but f Lizzie's defense attorney didn't want to jeopardize a solid case ..by presenting Ihc jury wi.lh an alternative suspect who was not on trial. For 30 years after her acquittal, Lizzie's case was considered . settled and all but forgotten. : Then, in 1924, a writer named Edi mund Pearson reopened it' in a ':Â·" sizzling book called "Studies in Murder." He poinled the accusing LIZZIE DOIIDBK --if not completely straight--fin-; gcr at Lizzie. * Like Ihe rcsl ot us, HadJn nod ded and chanted lo himself thai "Lizzie Borden took an axe an gave her fatlicr 40 whacks . But suddenly It didn't ring Irue any more. Rodin reports. "I don't know why. Maybe i : was a question somebody .oskÂ« oboul (he case in the newspaper Maybe it was because I colildn' find anything in the library tha: took Lizzie's side." By and by, he dropped every thing and went lo Fall Uiver on a search-thai carried him back t [hat August morning in 1892 whei Lizzie said she came inlo th- liousc lo find her father on the parlor couch, hacked io death. ^ ^ Â¥ "I kept running into admitted lies and contradictions in Ihe les- tirmmy," Kadin said. 1 kept meeting witnesses who changed their stories with a chuckle, t kepi ;| piecing out a story noboody ever ' j bothered to tell us." ' ' | In the end, liadin solved the crime to his own-satisfaction anci turned it inlo a . book--"Lizzie Ihc Corners of and nbly in, |Borclen: The Untold-Story." By (lion, Lizzie was 64 and n " II Â°"8 hl lo * wcl1 '" na[lin wealthy and respected spinster. She did not deign to answer Pearson's charges. "That did It," investigator Hn- din said. "Lizzie died in 1027, coonvidcd by popular Â· opinion. figures. "It's one of .the mosl popuhr crimes i n - t h e .world. Fall Hivcr alone, thousands o people still argue, the case as (hough the trial were still on." Will Ratlin's discovery change And, (or the next 10 years,-Pear- anybody's mind? Not very likely Lodge Hears Reports Of Convention son continued the prosecution in books and magazine articles. "He was so successful that most of the world today thinks lhat Lizzie was convicted and executed for the murders." considering all those songs, plays, metaphors and one .of the best- known poems in America that would have lo be rewrillen. It', really a lot more convenient to 'let Lizzie cop the plea. loot.