Lindsey Ocker in Lizzie Borden’s Bedroom
I’ve been following J. W. Ocker’s blog , “Odd Things I’ve Seen” (aka “O.T.I.S.”) since 2006 and have delighted in his subsequent literary success. Early on I was particularly impressed with his November 2007 account of his visit to the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast/Museum. The startling revelation of his wife (girlfriend at the time) putting on and posing in the dress displayed in Emma’s Room (they stayed in the Lizzie/Emma suite) made me a hard core fan.
I’m not going to say more about this dress or its origin, thus (hopefully) compelling the reader to actually read his long post, an endeavor most worthwhile. I will say, however, I believe this to be the first and ONLY time any guest – male or female – had so adorned themselves and been photographed.
Some future LBB&B/Museum guest reading this may now be inspired to replicate the event. To those so inclined I say why not be a tad more inventive and try the green dress in the John Morse Guest Room.
It is the actual dress worn by Elizabeth Montgomery in the courtroom scenes in the ever popular 1975 made-for-tv movie, Legend of Lizzie Borden.
I’m not sure if J. W. Ocker and his girlfriend (now wife) were demonstrating a unique act of bravery or devilish disregard for museum pieces, but I do know I admire their chutzpah. I remain in awe. I remain a fan. His earlier books, compendiums of all the odd things he has seen are little treasure to my collection of books.