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Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast Fall River Massachusetts

Updated on April 9, 2013

The Lizzie Borden Murder Story

One of the most infamous murders occurred in the garment and textile producing city of Fall River Massachusetts. It was the Borden murders which resulted in the trial of Lizzie Borden charged with the hatchet murders of her father and stepmother. , Andrew Jackson Borden, and Abby Durfee Borden were found dead on August 4, 1892, the only people in the house that day was Lizzie Borden and the family maid.

Lizzie Borden was charged with the murders on August 11 1892. A hatchet was found in the basement but their was no blood found on it. The Fall River Police did not use fingerprinting at that time. There was no blood found anywhere to incriminate Lizzie Borden. Lizzie Borden had burned a dress a few days after the murder but no remains could be salvaged by investigators.

On June 20 1892, in a New Bedford court room after an hour and a half deliberation the jury acquitted Lizzie Borden.

The Murder Home Bed and Breakfast

The home where the murders occurred has since become one of the most popular Bed & Breakfast destinations in New England. The waiting list is booked years in advance. There has been rumours of paranormal activity so the home has a particular allure.

Guests are served a breakfast similar to the one the Bordens ate on the morning of the murders, which includes bananas, johnny-cakes, sugar cookies and coffee.

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The Lizzie Borden Murder House

Are There Ghosts In The Home?

Paranormal Research

Many Psychics and paranormal researchers have been in the murder house. There have been claims of ghost sightings in the home. There are people that tell stories of hearing a woman weeping and seeing a woman in Victorian clothing dusting furniture and straightening bed covers.

It is rumoured that doors open and close by themselves. People have heard muffled conversation coming from empty rooms. Lights flicker, video equipment turns on and off and cameras operate when no one is using them, but they don't work when people try to operate the devices.

The show Ghost Hunters even did an episode on haunting in the home. They found no conclusive evidence. Some locals claim that the owners of the Bed & Breakfast are perpetrating the rumours to create publicity for the home.


Montel Williams Sylvia Brown Investigate Lizzie Borden Murder Home For Hauntings

Entertainment reporter Tim Estiloz takes you on an informative tour of the Lizzie Borden home

Lizzie Borden Home

This is the home that Lizzie Bordn lived in after the trials.
This is the home that Lizzie Bordn lived in after the trials.

More of the Lizzie Borden Story:

If you are interested in more information on the murders or the trial this is a good source.


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    • townstate profile image

      townstate 6 years ago from Salmon Idaho

      That sounds pretty scary! I just posted about a friends bed and breakfast here on the Salmon River in Idaho. Then clicking around found this very different type of vacation. This will be amazing for Halloween! I'm gonna read it again just to scare myself!

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      Arthur Fontes 7 years ago from Fall River,MA


      Thanks for leaving an actual account of an experience in the home. There is more lore concerning the home she moved to after the trial. It has been empty for as long as I can remember. Every few years someone erects scaffolding on the house. It never gets finished. The scaffolding is left to rot along the house. It is on French Street in Fall River and I do not think it is registered on the tourist maps. IMO it is one of the scariest homes in Fall River.

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      Sage Williams 7 years ago

      Let me start by saying, when my husband booked these reservations he did not even know who Lizzie Borden was and never would have booked it had he known the history.

      I on the other hand was shocked but thrilled at the same time, when he told me where we were staying. I replied, "You booked us a reservation at Lizzie Borden's the ax murderer?". "What do you mean?" Enough said, the rest is history.

      I am pleased to vouch for the strange going on's at Lizzie Borden's. Mine is a long story, I will try to condense it. My husband and I stayed at the bed and breakfast several years ago.

      My husband came out of the shower and said to me, "Did you have a problem with the shower curtain?" I had just taken a shower five minutes before him. I looked at him with my scrunched up eyebrows and said, "What do you mean?" He went onto say that there was a draft and the shower curtain kept blowing up his ass. As you can imagine,I was hysterical.

      I have always been a skeptic and I am one who is not scared or frightened easily. I can't even begin to tell you. I found myself digging my fingernails into my husband's arm in the middle of the night and was frozen in fear. I can't even describe it other than to say, it just felt like there was a very chilling presence in our room. The floor boards squeaked throughout the evening.

      The following day, we were upstairs getting changed, all of a sudden it felt like we were in a freezer. The temperature changed suddenly and drastically. We went downstairs and asked them if they had turned on an air conditioner. We were told that they didn't even have an air conditioner and that we were not the first ones that had said that..

      Sorry didn't mean to get carried away. Great job on your hub.


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      joaniemb 7 years ago from New York

      Great hub enjoyed it very much

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      Granny's House 7 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      I saw this on TV. Great hub

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      Arthur Fontes 7 years ago from Fall River,MA

      This is a story that is so ingrained in my cities history I think every kid in Fall River knows the legend. She became quite an eccentric personality after the trial. The lifestyle she lived after the aquittal is a very interesting story.

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      JWestCattle 7 years ago from Texas

      Enjoyed this hub! Haven't seen anything about this old murder in a while. The movie with Lindsay Wagner made this a legend for my gen., and that eerie old song. Found myself watching lots of the Lizzie Borden videos after reading your hub. Had no idea Lizzie was eating pears in the barn.... :)

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      Ohma 7 years ago

      Great Hub Arthur!glad you joined us.

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      Sufidreamer 7 years ago from Sparti, Greece

      Great Hub, Arthur - a great addition to the HubTrail!

      I remember hearing the name 'Lizzie Borden,' but knew nothing about her. I now know a little more about the world!

      Thanks for sharing the story :)