24 May

“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?
Is there an example of Connor’s handwriting for comparison to the Higley letter?
Thanks, and keep up the great work!


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.


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  1. Michelle N.

    May 25, 2010 at 7:55 AM

    Then maybe there is an example of her handwriting somewhere? I have a feeling that maybe Connor met with Higley or that Emma dictated the letter to Connor because of her stroke. It’s also possible that Connor could have been selling items without Emma’s knowledge. Perhaps someone can dig up Connor’s handwriting somewhere?

    • phayemuss

      May 27, 2010 at 11:11 AM

      I doubt Annie Connor would do that. She was reputable. Her services were as Emma’s caregiver was arranged through Orrin and Preston Gardner, also highly reputable. The whole “lock of emma’s hair” thing was a scam…I even doubt the veracity of the gentleman who wrote me about it. Follow-ups with the FBI did not pan out…they had no claim from him of fraud.


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