of killing her parents with an axe!
Borden took an axe,
And gave her father forty whacks.
And when she saw what she had done,
She gave her mother forty-one
Borden, Lizzie (1860-1927), accused murderer, who
allegedly killed her father and stepmother with an ax in
Fall River, Massachusetts, in 1892. The jury found her
not guilty. Lizzie Borden was the youngest daughter of
Andrew J. Borden, a prominent banker, and Sarah Morse
Borden. Sarah died when Lizzie was 2 years old. Two
years later, Borden married Abby Gray, whose father was
a tin peddler. Lizzie grew up with an elder sister,
Emma. Neither ever married. The sisters despised their
stepmother, partly because of her families inferior
social position. The bloody corpses of Andrew and Abby
Borden were found on August 4, 1892. Suspicion fell on
Lizzie, especially because she was in the house and had
the best opportunity to commit the crime. The case
attracted national attention. The trial began on June 6,
1893. Defense witnesses told of Lizzie's good
reputation. The prosecution presented evidence that
Lizzie hated her stepmother, resented her father's gifts
to Abby's relatives, and she tried to buy a poisonous
chemical the day before the murders. Lizzie Borden's
case has been the subject of books, a ballet, a ballad,
and numerous plays.
The Borden home is now a Bed & Breakfast - plus museum.
Here is an email that prompted us here at Ghoststudy
to write this article.
Some of you may know who Lizzie Borden is and I have a
story to tell. My experience is that I believe I have
seen her ghost?! My friends and I went to visit the
Borden home & museum about a month ago and we started to
wonder around in the house by ourselves. We were talking
about the ax and things like that. About that time my
friend ran over and
stated that she had seen a woman
walking around in a room we had just passed. I asked,
Are you sure it was not just your imagination". She said
NO that it wasn't and she wanted to go back and look.
Well, we did and there was a woman right there, I really
couldn't see her face but she was carrying an axe! She
was walking around and then vanished. I then told my
friend that we should go back with the group, which we
did! I don't know what we saw for sure, but my friend
and I both agree that there was a woman with an axe in
If any of our viewers have the opportunity to visit or
spend the night at the Borden Bed & Breakfast, please
let us know how it goes!
From left to right, Lizzie,
Borden home, father's body, and stepmother's body
__Written by Jim Eaton
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