“michelle” posted this comment:
| Michelle N.
Your website is fascinating. I’ve been interested in the Bordens ever since writing a term paper about the case as part of my criminal justice studies in the early 1990s. After reading the webpage, I was puzzling over a few things. During my research at the Boston Public Library, I came across excerpts from a newspaper interview the heir (Orrin Gardner) gave some time after the death of the Borden sisters. He mentioned that he had visited Emma Borden after she had become somewhat senile and partially paralyzed from a stroke a few years before she died. I haven’t seen this mentioned anywhere on the website. Considering this, it seems that she couldn’t have possibly written a letter in 1926 if she had already suffered a stroke? Also, if the Gardner family already knew about her physical condition and where she was living before she died, then how could her whereabouts have been a complete secret? Since the letter written to Higley is obviously not in Emma’s handwriting, is it possible that her caregiver could have written it?
Yes, i’ve heard also about the senility and stroke and have thought this the reason for the income trust fund separate from her will. I’ve not seen Connor’S HANDWRITING…SHE was a recipient in that separate Trust, however.