The Lizzie Borden House

The Borden house, where the murders took place.

The Borden house, where the murders took place.

The Borden Family lived a normal life in an average two story house in Fall River Massachusetts in the late 1800s.  Lizzie Borden, her sister Emma, their father Andrew, and stepmother Abby all inhabited the house — until one day when Andrew and Abby were found brutally murdered in the home.  Murder weapon?  A dull axe. Speculation that Lizzie had murdered her parents whirled around town, and Lizzie was arrested.  It is said that there was substantial tension in the Borden household leading up to the grisly event, so the emotional one of the two sisters was blamed.  Some say Lizzie held a grudge against her father and stepmother because she felt she was treated unfairly.  Lizzie was put on trail and all the evidence was considered.  However, there was apparently not quite enough evidence to send Lizzie to prison, and she was acquitted.   No one was ever brought to justice for the double homicide.

Today, the house still stands as it did in 1892, only today it is a bed and breakfast.  Care to stay a night?  You may want to think twice!  Guests and staff alike have had extremely strange experiences in the house such as hearing voices, being touched by unseen hands, and cold spots.  Many attribute these occurrences to the tormented souls of Andrew and Abby Borden.

In actuality, it makes sense.  Both were killed unexpectedly in cold blood.  Andrew had even been asleep at the time of his murder, so his soul most likely never received closure.  For all we know, he could still be under the impression that he is alive.  In addition, parts of the victims’ bodies were kept as evidence in the case, and weren’t reunited with their bodies until years later.  Not having all parts of a person peacefully buried after death can cause serious turmoil for a restless spirit.  Either way, this house is considered one of the most haunted locations in America.  I know I would love to visit someday, although I think I’ll pass on staying a night —  for all I know I’ll never wake up

“Lizzie Borden took an axe
And gave her mother forty whacks.
When she saw what she had done
She gave her father forty-one.”

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