The Lizzie Borden Home Was The Site Of Brutal Ax Murders
There is an incredibly dark nursery rhyme that goes, “Lizzie Borden took an axe, and gave her mother forty whacks/when she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one.” Generations of children have echoed this grim pair of couplets, and the century-old murders they detail took place in the house that still stands in Fall River, Massachusetts.
On August 4th, 1892, Lizzie Borden informed her maid of a grisly discovery: her father, dead on the sofa, bludgeoned and mutilated by hatchet. Her stepmother Abby was found upstairs, a victim of the same brutal fate. Since Lizzie was the only person home during the murders – and she reportedly had a rocky relationship with her father and stepmother – she was immediately a suspect in the crime. Evidence, however, proved scant and Borden was ultimately acquitted, with no one else ever being charged.
The Borden House stands today as a bed and breakfast, where guests can stay in the master bedroom belonging to the slain couple. But they may not be alone: visitors have reported hearing creaking floors, seeing unexplained shadows, and event smelling a faint floral scent – maybe the lingering perfume of the late Abby Borden.