The Older Sister was the seventeenth episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents. It originally aired on January 22, 1956.


One year after the murder of her father and stepmother, Lizzie Bordon lives with her sister and maid in the same house where the murders took place. Lizzie was acquitted of the crime, but convicted in the eyes of the town. Her sister, Emma, decides to leave town to rest from her nerves. A reporter arrives at the Bordon house and starts asking awkward questions. Ultimately, Lizzie realizes that Emma committed the murders. When it appears that the reporter is about to make the same deduction, Lizzie grabs an axe, and threatens the reporter, cementing her image as a murderess, but also protecting Emma. The story ends with Lizzie resigned to spending the rest of her life viewed as a killer.


Background InformationEdit

Based on the real-life murder of Andrew and Abigail Bordon, for which Lizzie Borden was the prime suspect. Although acquitted, she was the only suspect and the case remains unsolved to this day.

The episode's title is particularly interesting, as Lizzie is portrayed to be the older sister. However, in real-life, Emma Bordon was nine years older than Lizzie.

Film ConnectionsEdit

Patricia Hitchcock appeared in Stage Fright, Strangers on a Train, and Psycho.