Lizzie Borden Filmmakers Holding Contest for Weekend Stay at the Murder House

08 Jan




The Lifetime TV network is giving away a free weekend to the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast to promote the premiere of its new film “Lizzie Borden Took an Ax.”

The film, set to air on Jan. 25 at 8 p.m., will be the first movie about the Borden murders since Elizabeth Montgomery donned a checked shirtwaist and wielded a hatchet as Lizzie in “The Legend of Lizzie Borden,” also a made-for-TV movie, in 1975.

Viewers who watched Montgomery portray Lizzie Borden, the Fall River woman accused of murdering her father and stepmother with a hatchet in 1892, will find some striking differences in the new version starring Christina Ricci.

The new film, like the older flick, will establish Lizzie’s guilt and offer the “how” in the enduring mystery. The real crime, however, remains unsolved. Lizzie was acquitted of the murders in 1893. There were no other suspects. Some speculate that the court pronounced her not guilty simply because they believed a woman could not possibly have committed such a heinous act.

Viewers of “Lizzie Borden Took an Ax” should expect a more risque film than the 1975 version, with modern elements including a sassy Lizzie and close-ups of the gruesome murder scenes, as evidenced by viewing the previews on Lifetime’s website.

Lee Ann Wilber, curator of the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast, said she “won’t pass judgment until I see” the film.

Wilber said Lifetime sought no help or insight from the bed and breakfast when making the movie, which was filmed in Nova Scotia in the summer of 2013.

The new film, however, factual or not, will likely stir the already simmering pot of Borden fans and add new ones to the mix — likely not a bad thing for the B&B or local tourism.

Wilber said Lifetime purchased a two-night stay from the bed and breakfast for its free weekend sweepstakes. Online visitors to can enter the contest by voting whether they believe Lizzie is “innocent” or “guilty.” They may enter up to 15 times per day.

The sweepstakes will run until Jan. 15. A winner will be chosen by random drawing and be notified on or before Jan. 22.

The prize is worth approximately $4,000 and will include a two-night stay for two at the Lizzie Borden B&B, the site where the actual murders took place, airfare, and a $1,500 gift card good for meals and ground transportation.

To learn more about the Lizzie Borden B&B, visit

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