Photos here: Lizzie Borden Photos
I’m a fairly skeptical person, but one who is interested in the paranormal. I’ve read a lot of information on Lizzie Borden, I’ve read books dedicated to the murder and watched the Legend of Lizzie Borden movie starring Elizabeth Montgomery (which can be found on YouTube). Last week, my friends and I took a road trip to Fall River, Massachusetts and took a tour of the Borden home, which is now a bed and breakfast. (Spend the night if you dare!)
My mood as the tour began was of amused interest. Who doesn’t know that infamous skipping rhyme?
Lizzie Borden took an axe and gave her mother forty whacks.
When she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one.
This was going through my head as the guide was talking.
We started out in the front room, which faces the street. The furniture is period and adds to the overall ambiance of stepping back in time.We moved into the dining room where a curio cabinet houses replicas of the bashed in skulls of Andrew and Abby Borden. Beside this macabre display is another replica, this time of the autopsy tables that were set up in that very room, where both bodies lay for 3 days in the sweltering August heat of 1892.
Off the dining room is the sitting room where Andrew Borden was murdered as he lay on the couch. I stood in the doorway while my friends sat on the couch (not the original!) and listened to the guide explain about the various theories of who the murderer was. All of the sudden, the adjoining door to the dining room opened with a slow creak. The man behind me said “hey that door just opened!” Thinking it was the wind, the guide pulled it shut (hearing it latch) and pushed the sitting room door closed. After 10 seconds the door opened again, this time with an audible turn of the door knob! There was no one on the other side. The guide seemed put off and stammered a bit that sometimes strange things happen. The mood in the room darkened considerably as we all looked around at each other as if to say “is this really happening?”
The tour moved upstairs to the guest room where Abby was murdered. I kept looking at the carpet and thinking how someone died there. The room had a heavy feeling, hard to explain. As I took a picture of the photo on the wall of Abby lying on the floor, the window reflected the shape of a head behind me. My friend thinks it was someone else on the tour, but we are having trouble figuring out who judging from the size and hairdo. It’s just creepy.
The rest of the tour was fairly uneventful. The upstairs attic is said to be haunted by two children murdered on the property years before the Bordens died. The room smelled of baby powder in one spot and was colder than the rest of the house. We left feeling as though we had experienced something out of the ordinary. I think it has to be seen to be understood.