Our current read, The Beginnings of Rome: Italy From the Bronze Age to the Punic Wars (Circa 1,000 to 264 B.C.) by T.J. Cornell, which we start this cycle with Chapter 11, The Twelve Tables, touches briefly on the story of Verginia, her abduction, and her murder.
Around 450 BCE, the decemvirs (Decemviri Legibus Scribundis Consulari Imperio) were charged with drawing up a legal code. The history of the Law of the Twelve Tables (Lex Duodecim Tabularum) and its extant excerpts can be found here. The laws were drawn up during two consecutive decemvirates. Appius Claudius Crassus Inregillensis Sabinus was a member of both decemvirates, and the story goes that he was an evil man – thus portraying the Claudian trait of violence and arrogance – and lusted after Verginia, the daughter of Lucius Verginius. He had her abducted, claiming she was actually a slave of one of his freedmen. In the end, Verginius asked to question his daughter himself and stabbed her to death. This affair led to the overthrow of the decemviri.