Joseph Tetrault (pronounced “Tatro”) was Lizzie Borden’s chauffeur. He was supposedly a handsome man, popular with the ladies. Emma didn’t like him. Some have speculated he was the reason, or one of the reasons, Emma moved out in 1905. Apparently Lizzie had fired him once, but then re-hired him.
Flashback to July 1, 1893. A mere two weeks since Lizzie was acquitted and just 3 days before she and Emma would buy the home on French Street, this little blurb appeared in the Fall River Daily Herald concerning one “Joseph Tetrault” who entered a plea of Guilty on Adultry charges with one Mary Soucie. This may or may not be Lizzie’s chauffeur. Perhaps his reputation followed him more than a decade later. Perhaps Emma heard from others about his past. She would not have approved. Oh dear, no she wouldn’t. This little blurb is referenced many times in various books and essays on the case. Pretty thin. But it could be the same scalawag.
More interesting is the mention of Dr. Bowen’s horse.