I don’t know if I believe in ghosts but I believe in a good ghost story.  Even though I’ve mostly moved towards digital reading, I still visit a bookstore from time to time.  When there, I often look through the bargain book section and recently I happened upon a book published by West Side Publishing, a division of Publications International Ltd entitled

Armchair Reader Haunted America

It being October, the month for all things Halloween, I bought the book.  Under the plan to share some of the stories with my followers, the book has many stories I’ve heard before.  This is my fifth story from this book:

Haunted Prisons

Ghostly New York

Winchester Mystery House

Haunted Destroyer – The Five Sullivan Brothers

The Spirits of the Lizzie Borden B & B

Lizzie Borden took an ax

And gave her mother forty whacks,

And when she saw what she had done,

She gave her father forty-one.

lizzie-borden-houseThere have been lots of theories and speculation.  Did she do it?  We will never know but the story of the Borden murders will forever fascinate America.  Is is discussed outside the United States?  If any of my readers are from outside the US, please let me know.  I don’t want to take for granted that everyone knows this story, so here is a brief history from the History Channel.  http://www.history.com/news/9-things-you-may-not-know-about-lizzie-borden

Shortly before noon on August 4, 1892, the body of Andrew Borden, a prosperous businessman, was found in the parlor of his Fall River, Massachusetts, home. As neighbors, police and doctors arrived at the scene, the body of Abby Borden, his wife, was discovered in an upstairs bedroom. A week later, Andrew’s younger daughter, Lizzie, was arrested for the double murder. In an era when women were considered the “weaker” sex and female murderers were nearly unheard of, the trial—and subsequent acquittal—of Lizzie Borden made her a media sensation. Officially, the case remains unsolved, but Lizzie Borden may very well have taken an ax and ended her parents’ lives on that sweltering summer day.

Lizzie Borden

Lizzie Borden

The mutilated body of Andrew Borden, Lizzie Borden's father.

The mutilated body of Andrew Borden, Lizzie Borden’s father.

Abby Borden, Lizzie's Stepmother

Abby Borden, Lizzie’s Stepmother

The murder weapon

The murder weapon

The house where it all happened is a Bed and Breakfast and Museum. How would you like to spend the night in the room where Abby Borden perished?  I have to say very creepy.  If you have ever read about the layout of the rooms or saw any documentaries, you would know that it is very odd.  There wasn’t a common hallway upstairs.  To get to each room, you would need to pass through other rooms.  In my opinion it was very odd considering there were both genders living in the house.

floorplan

Anyway I digress.  On to the ghost story.  Ghost sitings in the house are common.  MSNBC listed the house among the top ten most haunted houses in the United States.  The most active ghost is Abby Borden.  Many guests have reported hearing a woman weeping.  Others have reported hearing footsteps.  Some guest have even reported seeing an older woman in Victorian dress coming into the bedroom to tuck them in for the night.  Some guest have also reported seeing Andrew Borden and he also appeared when there have been seances held in the house.  Other guests have reported seeing a ghostly woman carrying a sharp weapon.

The ghosts of the Lizzie Borden House do not shy away from visitors.  Many photographs and video have captured unusual blobs of light, sounds resembling screams and shadows that should not be present.  The owner of the house has reported being touched and pushed when no one is present.  In 2008 on the anniversary of the murders, a couple fled the house when the door to their room flung open by itself and a lamp moved and lit up on its own.

The Borden family don’t limit themselves to just the house.  People have reported mysterious lights at Oak Grove Cemetery and also have reported hearing screams from the Borden burial plot.  Lizzie is buried next her father and stepmother.

Ghost Cam from the Lizzie Borden B&B

Ghost Cam from the Lizzie Borden B&B

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4 responses

  1. The story and indeed the rhyme is known in Britain too. For all that, I think the living are more scary than the dead. Abby discovered the truth of the matter: that you are more likely to be murdered from within your home than without; unlock your doors for a rapid escape!

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