They were the objects of the Trial of the Century - one the nineteenth, the other the twentieth. Both were accused of savage double murders. Both obtained acquittals that were nearly as horrifying as the crimes themselves.
And years after their crimes, both made national headlines again when they were accused of audacious acts of theft.
The recent arrest of OJ Simpson for robbery in Las Vegas bizarrely echoes the Borden affair. Though she became something of a recluse after her acquittal, Fall River's most infamous resident was arrested in 1897 - five years after the murders of Andrew and Abby Borden - for shoplifting. If nothing else, this accusation confirmed the low opinion of her held for years by Fall River merchants.
Many books and internet articles discussing Lizzie's second brush with the law incorrectly state that it took place in 1904.
This article from the Fort Wayne News, Feb. 17, 1897, is typical of the pieces that circulated across the country.
If history repeats its entire sentence, OJ's current criminal dilemma will be quietly settled out of court.