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In the novel Mrs McGinty's Dead, Lily Gamboll, one of the four "tragic women of murder" who could be connected to the death of Mrs McGinty in Mrs McGinty's Dead appears to be loosely inspired by Lizzie Borden, except she killed her aunt with a cleaver.

"Miss Horsefall waved a cigarette…“I’ve no doubt that Eva Kane was a thorough little bitch, and not an injured innocent at all. And as for the Courtland woman, why did she suffer in silence for eight years with a sadistic pervert? Because he was rolling in money…”

“And the tragic child Lily Gamboll?”

“I wouldn’t care to have her gambolling about me with a meat chopper.”"

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