Lizzie Borden: August 10, 1892 Inquest Testimony

A. I came down, but I did not eat breakfast with them. I did not eat any breakfast. Frequently I would go into the dining room and sit down to the table with them and not eat any breakfast.

Q. Did you give to the officer the same skirt you had on the day of the tragedy?

A. Yes, sir.

Q. Do you know whether there was any blood on the skirt?

A. No, sir.

Q. Assume that there was, do you know how it came there?

A. No, sir.

Q. Have you any explanation of how it might come there?

A. No, sir.

Q. Did you know there was any blood on the skirt you gave them?

A. No, sir.

Q. Assume that there was, can you give any explanation of how it came there, on the dress skirt?

A. No, sir.

Q. Assume that there was, can you suggest any reason how it came there?

A. No, sir.

Q. Have you offered any?

A. No, sir.

Q. Have you ever offered any?

A. No, sir.

Q. Have you said it came from flea bites?

A. On the petticoats I said there was a flea bite. I said it might have been. You said you meant the dress skirt.

Q. I did. Have you offered any explanation how that came there?

A. I told those men that were at the house that I had had fleas; that is all.

Q. Did you offer that as an explanation?

A. I said that was the only explanation that I knew of.

Q. Assuming that the blood came from the outside, can you give any explanation of how it came there?

A. No, sir.

Q. You cannot now?

A. No, sir.

Q. What shoes did you have on that day?

A. A pair of ties.

Q. What color?

A. Black.

Q. Will you give them to the officer?

A. Yes.

Q. Where are they?

A. At home.

Q. What stockings did you have on that day?

A. Black.

Q. Where are they?

A. At home.

Q. Have they been washed?

A. I don’t know.

Q. Will you give them to the officer?

A. Yes, sir.

Q. The window you was at is the window that is nearest the street in the barn?

A. Yes, sir; the west window.

Q. The pears you ate you got from under the tree in the yard?

A. Yes, sir.

Q. How long were you under the pear tree?

A. I think I was under there very nearly four or five minutes. I stood looking around. I looked up at the pigeon house that they have closed up. It was no more than five minutes, perhaps not as long. I can’t say sure.

by Judge Blaisdell:

Was this witness on Thursday morning in the front hall or front stairs or front chamber, any part of the front part of the house at all?

by Mr. Knowlton:

Q. What do you say to that?

A. I had to come down the front stairs to get into the kitchen.

Q. When you came down first?

A. Yes, sir.

Q. Were you afterwards?

A. No, sir.

Q. Not at all?

A. Except the few minutes I went up with the clean clothes, and I had to come back again.

Q. That you now say was before Mr. Borden went away?

A. Yes, sir.

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