Oct 2010

Top 10 Haunted Places In US: Lizzie Borden House

Lizzie Borden House today at 92 Second Street in Fall River, MA

Growing up in Southeastern New England, everyone learns the skipping rope rhyme of the Lizzie Borden murders.

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

Sounds terrible coming from the lips of children. But when you think about that’s sort of what happened. And as they get older, the Borden family murder trial is taught in history class. There is no evidence proving that Andrew and Abby were hit 40 times, but they were murdered by an axe. Although their daughter Lizzie was accused and tried for the murders, she was actually acquitted. 1892 was a different time for the prosperous textile mecca of Fall River, MA. No one knows what really happened on that late Summer morning of August 4. Several theories exist by historians and there still remains a dispute as to who the killer is, but no one has uncovered the truth so far. At the time, the whole city blamed Lizzie however. She even changed her name, but remained in Fall River where she passed away. Today, the Borden house where the murders took place still stands at 92 Second Street in Fall River, MA. It has been preserved by the Historical Preservation Society of Fall River, MA. The new owners have turned it into a Bed & Breakfast Inn and Museum. Guests can stay overnight if they dare and have a nice breakfast the next morning simialar to the final meal of the Bordens. They can also take a tour of the murder scene and purchase books on the murder trial and other goodies in the gift shop. That’s not all. Since such horrific murders took place here, it is considered one of the most haunted places in America. Visit it for yourself and feel the erie chill down your spine. The TAPS crew from Warwick, RI even investigated it on an episode of SyFy’s Ghosthunters. In fact, numerous tours over the years have taken place for television and other paranormal groups. Next time your headed to Cape Cod and drive over the Braga Bridge, you’ll notice the sign that reads, “Lizzie Borden House this exit.” Take it and stop at the house for a short break and see for yourself. Happy Halloween!

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