A Conversation for Lizzie Borden: Did She or Didn't She?

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Recumbentman

I guess hatchet murder was a more common event in those days.


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Dmitri Gheorgheni - Freshly Vaccinated

There were probably more hatchets in homes. smiley - winkeye


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Recumbentman

For sure. But there were also many more murders per head of population then.

See for example http://ourworldindata.org/homicides#how-have-homicide-rates-changed-over-time


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Dmitri Gheorgheni - Freshly Vaccinated

This is true! (A fact that should be noted by prospective time travellers.) I'm not surprised in the case of North America: reading people's diaries and memoirs can be pretty hair-raising.

What I was thinking of was the weapons used. Detective fiction from the 1920s to the 1960s was full of people being offed with 'blunt instruments', apparently because of the wide availability of heavy tchotchkes in living rooms. Also pokers. The decline in fireplaces probably led to fewer murders by poker...

Fewer people own hatchets these days, I would imagine, but more people own guns than in the 19th Century, no matter what the movies show. And people who killed their own chickens would know how to use a hatchet effectively.

My mom knew how to dispatch a chicken (by wringing its neck) - and dismember it effectively, as well as cook it. Me? I suspect I'd botch the job. On the other hand, I have several relatives down the road who can shoot a possum through the eye with 100% accuracy. They are proud of this accomplishment and send me photos in emails.


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Post 5

Recumbentman

Possums are sitting targets, when playing possum.


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Dmitri Gheorgheni - Freshly Vaccinated

Have you ever seen one cornered? They bare their teeth, fearsome sight!


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Post 7

Recumbentman

Ooh, I'm shivering.smiley - erm


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Post 8

Dmitri Gheorgheni - Freshly Vaccinated

They can get nasty.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3XobVqW72c


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Post 9

Recumbentman

Aww. Cute.


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Post 10

Dmitri Gheorgheni - Freshly Vaccinated

smiley - rofl Yeah, I think they're cute, too.

One evening, I was sitting on my parents' front steps in North Carolina reading a book. Out of the corner of my eye I saw what I mistakenly believed to be my cat ambling up. The creature sniffed my shoe and ambled off again...

I thought, 'That's not my cat! Wait...that's the ugliest, biggest rat I've ever seen!'

A second later, 'Oh, heck! It's a possum!' My mom laughed.


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