Lizzie and Lee have become icons of unsolved murders. “Made for t.v.” movies and several documentaries have been filmed about their cases. Both have been psychologically dissected, studied and debated in schools, on the web, and at various conference and lecture venues.
The “sealed” files of certain documents of the House Committee on Assassinations parallels to the yet unrevealed Robinson files.
Looking at their background and character traits, even the most shallow analysis will yield that:
- Both had a desperate need to be acknowledged, recognized, included.
- Both hated rejection.
- Both lacked skill sets in which to support themselves in a secure lifestyle.
- Both were egocentric.
- Both were dominant personalities.
- Both lied when questioned on key points that tied physical evidence to them of their respective crimes.
- Both had stubborn and obstinate natures.
- Lizzie was in fear of losing her father’s estate.
- Lee was in fear of losing his wife.
- Lizzie loved what money could buy.
- Lee loved his Marina.
- Lizzie remained silent about the murders all her life.
- Lee was silenced by the gun of another.
- Lizzie vented her hatred with each thwack of the hatchet, over and over again
- Lee vented his hatred of the establishment and his own inability to conform within it with two lucky hits out of three.
- Lizzie had an ability to remain stoic and calm in the midst of the discovery of the crime within minutes of her hacking her father to death.
- Lee displayed the same calm demeanor when first confronted by a police officer in the building from which he had just killed the President.
- Neither was excited, out of breath, or displayed signs of guilt.
The further we get in time from these two infamous crimes, the more outlandish and implausible are the theories set forth.
Although perhaps not as they intended, Lizzie and Lee did achieve recognition and acceptance: Recognition by others of who they were, and Acceptance by others of their place in history.