Just doing a quick pop in here to advise of the new and improved Lizzie Bed & Breakfast Museum. Check it out HERE.
Just doing a quick pop in here to advise of the new and improved Lizzie Bed & Breakfast Museum. Check it out HERE.
Themed events to help victims of the Four Winds Fire in Fall River will be held at the two top tourist destinations – Click HERE.
All those Travel Channel and Discovery Channel programs have just begun to tap into the availability of a new location for crime-solving and ghost-hunting enthusiasts, i.e., “Maplecroft” in Fall River, MA. This was the house “on the hill” purchased by Lizzie and Emma after her acquittal in 1893. Quite fortuitous for Donald Woods and Lee-ann Wilber who own and are vested in this property, as well as the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast – both run as businesses and their objective is to make a profit. That’s the purpose of a business. So the welcoming of these type of shows is “smart marketing”. (And may I insert here that the B&B on Second Street was once operating under the parent company, “Smart Advertising”).
Anyway, huzzah, I say for their charitable contribution to the unfortunate victims of the fire. And keep those doors open wide for those who come to feed the need. <wink, wink>
P.S. The recent Legend Hunter with host Pat Swain was rather well produced, I thought.
Here’s another update on status of opening Lizzie’s home to the public.
In the Comments section at the end of the article, I make a few suggestions.
Fall River Herald Photo
Pictured is Ryan Woods. Photo credit Jack Foley, Herald News
The Fall River Herald News ran this story today.
Just think of it – visitors will be able to tour both homes where Lizzie lived all but 12 years of her life. She was born on Ferry Street in Fall River in 1860, but in 1872 Andrew purchased the home at 92 Second Street. Indeed, from age 12 to 32 she continued to live under the auspices of her father, Andrew J. Borden. Then, shortly after her 1893 Acquittal, she lived the remaining 33 years of her life at “Maplecroft” in The Highlands. The contrast is astonishing.
She loved her home on French Street and coveted it as if it were her child, nurturing it with nothing but the best. (Paranormal enthusiasts take note: If the spirits of Andrew and Abby Borden reside at 92 Second Street, the spirit of Lizzie Borden resides at Maplecroft.)
I look forward to the inevitable videos, documentaries, travelogs, social media input, (and perhaps even a film on the second half of her life) etc., that will be forthcoming on the interior of Maplecroft for the multitudes interested in Lizzie.
Not only past and repeat visitors to the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast will be flooding back to Fall River for a brand new experience related to their most compelling icon, but completely NEW visitors to Fall River will come for a look-see. These new visitors, who may just want to stay at a Victorian B&B on their way to Newport may take a look around at development opportunities and……well, who knows.
Again, I say HUZZAH to the new owners. And again, it was the only purchase that made sense.
(Recycled from March 2008)
James E. Windward, “funeral director to the stars” or at least to all the best Fall River families (translation: Bordens, Braytons, Durfees, Chaces, etc.) during Lizzie’s time, was at the Borden house with his assistant around 4:00 pm on August 4, 1892. As Doctor Dolan testified, it was Undertaker Winward who removed the money from Andrew’s clothing and gave it over to him.
Winward had to wait until the in-situ crime scene photographs were taken and preliminary autopsies were concluded before he could claim possession of the bodies for preparation for Saturday’s funeral services. Could it be that Lizzie told him directly or had it conveyed to him as a discreet request by another (Alice? Uncle John?) that she wished her father to be “laid out” in his Prince Albert coat because it was such a signature garment to all those that knew him? The same Prince Albert coat that was photographed crumbled up under his head on the sofa. The same Prince Albert coat that his usual custom was to hang on a hook when switching to his more comfortable coat in which he wore in death? The same Prince Albert coat that is not on the list of clothing buried nor presented at Trial. The same Prince Albert coat that magically disappears like socks in the dryer. The same Prince Albert coat that District Attorney Knowlton alluded to as a possible shield against the assailant’s own clothing during his Trial summation? The same coat that had it been laid out and studied would have had telling blood splatters and not just a large stain from the seeping wounds of the ten hatchet blows to his head.
Let us assume that the Prince Albert coat was indeed removed from the premises by Undertaker Winward at Lizzie’s request. Let us further assume it was subsequently cleaned, pressed and put back upon the corpse of Andrew Borden. It would seem such an appropriate thing to do that his open coffin next to Abby’s in the Sitting Room would warrant narry a comment pertaining to evidence. “How peaceful he looks with his head on the side, and isn’t it natural that he should be wearing that oh so familiar coat?”, one might have commented to another.
Fast Forward – Oak Grove Cemetery:
The mortal remains of Andrew Jackson Borden lay crushed from a collapsed coffin, wood fragments embedded in the decomposed and tattered fabric of a certain Prince Albert coat. A high school ring dangles from his skeletal finger and his skeletal foot stretches out to just inches above Lizzie’s head. Each day at the stroke of 11:00 am, he shoves his foot against her head and in a muffled but strident voice only the dead can hear he speaks out to her: “Bad girl, Lizzie. Bad, bad, girl.” Thus, every day throughout eternity she hears those words at the stroke of Eleven – Lizzie’s own hellish, eternal doom.
I’d be willing to bet if Andrew’s grave were dug up, the collapsed coffin opened, there we would find the mortal remains of Andrew Borden. His head would be detached and displaced but he’d be dressed in that Prince Albert coat.
Smart girl, Lizzie. Clever girl, Lizzie.
HERE’S AN UPDATE AS OF 9-14-17 FROM THE FALL RIVER HERALD NEWS
Here’s more on the sale of Maplecoft with some good images of the interior and other related Borden case images. The article is full of errors in respect to what was original in Lizzie’s time in terms of furniture. The bathroom shown is actually in the attic and was the maid’s bathroom, and that is not an original sink. The only original wallpaper is in the dining room. One cannot get a real sense of Lizzie’s library (with her inlaid mahogony desk) as it’s been altered to be a bedroom. Actually, when one is in the basement it is the closest one feels to Lizzie’s time. (I’ve been in the house many times, first in 1992 and several times between then and 2015 when Bob Dube’ owned it).
I have about a dozen short videos Kristee Bates sent me showing the various rooms of the house during the renovations. I’ll be glad to share if you email me. It’s the last chance to actually see what it looked like inside before The Big Change.
Click HERE for actual “ownership” of the property. Twilight Enterprises was formed by Kristee’s friend, Howard, who provided all funds for the purchase and her renovation project. (Type “French” in the blank field for Street after clicking link and then scroll down to 306 French Street.)
WS = Witness Statements (Fall River Police Dept.)
CI = Coroner’s Inquest (Second Distrct Court, Fall River)
PH = Preliminary Hearing (Second District Court, Fall River)
TT = Trial Testimony – Superior Court (New Bedford)
LR = Lizzie Borden Past & Present (Len Rebello)
VV = Victorian Vistas – 3 Volumes (Philip T. Silvia, Jr.)
|May 9-10, 1892||Painting of Borden house begins by John W. Grouard; Lizzie selects “drab” color. (LR32)|
|May/June 1892||Andrew kills pigeons roosting in the barn. Morse visits end of June.|
|June 30, 1892||Morse spent 1 day at Borden’s; takes Butcher Davis daughter &Emma for ride. (CI 96)|
|July 10, 1892||Morse again visits Bordens. AJB asks Morse if he knows of manto run Swansea farm. (CI 96)|
|July 11, 1892||Union laborers in Fall River celebrate new 58-hour workweek with giant parade.|
|July 18, 1892||Emma and Lizzie deed back house on Ferry Street to Andrew and receive $2,500 each. (LR556)|
|July 19, 1892||Lizzie’s 32nd Birthday.|
|July 20, 1892||Grover Cleveland passes thru FR enroute to NYC for Democratic Convention. (VVII-326)|
|July 20, 1892||Lizzie supposedly sees a stranger at the back door when she returns from being out that evening.|
|July 21, 1892||Lizzie & Emma leave Fall River; Emma stopping at Fairhaven to visit the Brownell’s.|
|July 21, 1892||Lizzie travels to New Bedford, staying with Mrs. Poole and her daughter at 20 Madison Street.|
|July 23, 1892||Lizzie went on street alone (New Bedford) to buy some dress goods (gone from rooming house 30 minutes). (WS31)|
|July 25, 1892||AJB writes letter to Morse to wait about getting a man to run his farm. (CI98)|
|July 25, 1892||Lizzie visits the girls at Marion at Dr. Handy’s cottage.|
|July 26, 1892||Lizzie, Mrs. Poole & Mrs. Poole’s daughter ride to Westport to visit Mrs. Cyrus Tripp (old schoolmate).|
|July 26, 1892||Lizzie takes train from Westport to New Bedford to connect with Fall River.|
|July 30, 1892||Fall River Board of Health reports 90 deaths due to extreme heat, 65 are children under age 5. (VVII-331)|
|July 31, 1892||Bridget prepares first serving of the infamous mutton.|
|August 2, 1892||Andrews tells associate there is “trouble” in the Borden household.|
|August 2, 1892||Swordfish is served for supper and served again warmed over for dinner.|
|August 2, 1892||Andrew and Abby vomit during the night.|
|August 3, 1892||THE DAY BEFORE THE MURDERS|
|8:00 am||Abby goes across street to Dr. Bowen; tells him she fears she’s been poisoned.|
|9:00am approx.||Dr. Bowen crosses street to check on the Bordens; Lizzie dashes upstairs; Andrew rebuffs his unsolicited visit.|
|10:00-11:30 am||Lizzie attempts to buy prussic acid from Eli Bence at Smith’s pharmacy on Columbia Street. (PH310)|
|12:00 Noon||Lizzie joins Andrew and Abby for the noontime meal in the dining room.|
|12:35 am||Uncle John Vinnicum Morse leaves by train from New Bedford
for Fall River. (CI98)
|1:30 pm||John Morse walks from train station & arrives at Borden house; Bridget lets him in front door.|
|2:00-4:00 pm||John Morse and Andrew talk in Sitting Room; Lizzie hears their conversation. (TT141)|
|4:00 pm||John Morse hires horse and wagon at Kirby’s Stable and drives to Swansea in late afternoon. (CI 99)|
|7:00 pm||Lizzie visits Alice Russell in the early evening, states her fear “something will happen”.|
|8:45 pm||Morse returns from Swansea, talks in sitting room with Andrew and Abby. (CI99)|
|9:00 pm||Lizzie returns from Alice Russell’s and goes upstairs to her room without speaking to father or uncle.|
|9:15 pm||Abby Borden retires to bed.|
|10:00 pm||Andrew and Morse retire to bed. (CI 00)|
August 4, 1892
| THE DAY OF THE MURDERS
(Note: Times given are based on various testimonies taken primarily from the Preliminary Hearing held August 25-September 1st, 1892, and are approximated
as close as possible).
|6:15 am||Bridget goes downstairs, gets coal and wood in cellar to start fire in kitchen stove, and takes in milk.|
|6:20 am||Morse goes downstairs to Sitting Room.|
|6:30 am||Abby comes downstairs, gives orders for breakfast to Bridget|
|6:40-6:50 am||Andrew goes downstairs, empties slops, picks up pears and goes to barn.
|6:45 am||Bridget opens side (back) door for iceman.|
|7:00 am||Bordens and Morse have breakfast in Dining Room. (Lizzie is still upstairs).|
|7:45-8:45||Morse and Andrew talk in Sitting Room; Abby sits with them a short while before beginning to dust.|
|8:30 am||Morse sees Abby go into the front hall.|
|8:45 am||Andrew lets Morse out side door, invites him back for dinner.|
|8:45 am||Morse leaves for Post Office and then to visit niece at Daniel Emery’s #4 Weybosset Street.|
|8:45-9:00 am||Andrew goes back upstairs and returns wearing collar and tie, goes to sitting room|
|8:45-9:00 am||Abby tells Bridget to wash windows, inside and out.|
|8:45-8:50 am||Lizzie comes down and enters kitchen|
|8:45-9:00 am||Bridget goes outside to vomit.|
|9:00 am||Andrew leaves the house.|
|9:00 am||Bridget returns, does not see Lizzie, sees Abby dusting in dining room, does not see Andrew.|
|9:00 am||Abby goes up to guest room.|
|9:00-9:30 am||Bridget cleans away breakfast dishes in kitchen.|
|9:00-10:00 am||Abby Borden dies from blows to the head with a sharp instrument.|
|9:30 am||Abraham G. Hart, Treasurer of Union Savings Bank, talks to Andrew
|9:30 am||Morse arrives at #4 Weybosset Street to visit his niece and nephew.|
|9:30 am||Bridget gets brush from cellar for washing windows|
|9:30 am||Lizzie appears at back door as Bridget goes towards barn; Bridget tells Lizzie she need not lock door.|
|9:30-10:05||Andrew visits banks.|
|9:45 am||John P. Burrill, Cashier, talks to Andrew at National Union Bank.|
|9:40 am||Morse arrives at the Emery’s on Weybosset Street.|
|9:55 am||Everett Cook talks to Andrew at First National Bank.|
|9:30-10:20 am||Bridget washes outside windows, stops to talk to “Kelly girl” at south
|10:00-10:30 am||Mrs. Churchill sees Bridget outside washing NE windows.|
|10:20 am||Bridget re-enters house from side door, commences to wash inside windows.|
|10:29 am||Jonathan Clegg (fixed time by City Hall clock) stated Andrew left his shop heading home. (TT173)|
|10:30-10:40 am||Joseph Shortsleeves sees Andrew.|
|10:40 am||James Mather sees Andrew leave shop (fixes time by City Hall clock)|
|10:30-10:40 am||Mrs. Kelly observes Andrew going to his front door.|
|10:30-10:40 am||Andrew Borden can’t get in side door, fumbles with key at front door, and let in by Bridget|
|10:30-10:40 am||Bridget hears Lizzie laugh on the stairs as she says “pshaw” fumbling with inside triple locks.|
|10:35-10:45 am||Bridget sees Lizzie go into Dining Room and speak “low” to her father.|
|10:35-10:45 am||Andrew goes upstairs to his bedroom and returns in a few minutes, going to Sitting Room sofa.|
|10:45 am||Mary Chase, residing over Wade’s store, sees man on Borden fence taking pears. (WS45)|
|10:45-10:55 am||Lizzie puts ironing board on dining room table as Bridget finishes last window in the dining room|
|10:45-10:55 am||Lizzie asks Bridget in kitchen if she’s going out, tells her of note to Abby & sale at Sargeants.|
|10:50-10:55||Mark Chase observes man with open buggy parked just beyond tree in front of Borden house.|
|10:55–10:58 am||Bridget goes up to her attic room to rest before preparing noon meal.|
|11:00 am||Addie Churchill leaves her house for Hudner’s grocery store on South Main. (WS8)|
|11:00 am||Bridget hears City Hall clock chime 11:00.|
|11:05-11:10 am||Lizzie hollars to come quick.|
|11:10-11:12 am||Lizzie sends Bridget to get Dr. Bowen. (TT245)|
|11:10-11:13 am||Bridget rushes back across the street from Bowen’s, tells Lizzie he’s not at home. (TT245)|
|11:10-11:13 am||Lizzie asks Bridget if she knows where Alice Russell lives and tells her to go get her. (TT245)|
|11:10-11:13 am||Bridget grabs her hat & shawl from kitchen entry way and rushes to Alice Russell’s. (TT245)|
|11:10-11:13 am||Mrs. Churchill observes Bridget crossing street, notices a distressed Lizzie and calls out. (PH281-282)|
|11:10-11:14 am||Mrs. Churchill to side door, speaks briefly, and then crosses street looking for a doctor. (PH283)|
|11:12-11:14 am||John Cunningham sees Mrs. Churchill talking to others then uses phone ay Gorman’s paint shop to call Police.|
|11:15 am||Marshall Hilliard receives call from news dealer Cunningham about disturbance at Borden house.|
|11:15 am||Marshall Hilliard orders Officer Allen to go to Borden house. (Allen notes exact time on office wall clock).|
|11:16 – 11:20 am||Mrs. Churchill returns from giving the alarm. (PH284)|
|11:16 – 11:20 am||Dr. Bowen pulls up in his carriage, met by his wife, rushes over to Borden’s. (PH 273)|
|11:16-11:20 am||John Cunningham checks outside cellar door in Borden back yard, finds it locked.|
|11:18-11:20 am||Dr. Bowen arrives at Borden house, sees Andrew, asks for sheet; alone with Lizzie for approx. one minute.|
|11:20 am||Office Allen arrives at Bordens, met at door by Dr. Bowen. Sees Lizzie sitting alone at kitchen table.|
|11:20–11:21 am||Allen sees Andrews’s body at same time Alice Russell and Mrs. Churchill
come in. (Where was Bridget?)
|11:20-11:22 am||Allen checks front door and notes it bolted from inside, checks closets in dining room and kitchen.|
|11:20 am||Morse departs Daniel Emery’s on Weybosset Street, takes a streetcar back to the Borden’s.|
|11-22-11:23 am||Officer Allen leaves house to return to station, Bowen goes out with him.
Allen has Sawyer guard back door.
|11:23-11:33 am||Dr. Bowen returns home, checks rail timetable, goes to telegram Emma, and stops at Baker’s Drug store.Telegram is time stamped at 11:32. (PH274)|
|11:40 am||Bowen returns to Borden house. Churchill tells him they’ve discovered Abby upstairs. (TT322)|
|11:34 am||Bridget fetches Doctor Bowen’s wife, Phoebe. (T250)|
|11:35-11:40 am||Officer Patrick Doherty & Deputy Sheriff Wixon arrive at house, see Manning sitting on steps, met at backdoor by Dr. Bowen, who lets them Begin search.. (T447)|
|11:35-11:40 am||Francis Wixon and Dr. Bowen check Andrew’s pockets and remove watch.|
|11:35-11:40||Officer Doherty questions Lizzie who tells him she heard a “scraping” noise.|
|11:35-11:40 am||Officer Doherty views Abby’s body with Dr. Bowen, pulls bed out to view her better. (PH330)|
|11:35-11:45 am||Morse arrives at Borden house, first going to back yard.|
|11:37 am||Officer Mullaly arrives.|
|11:39-11:40 am||Officer Medley arrives at 92 Second Street. (T686)|
|11:42 am||Doherty moves bed out 3 feet to view Mrs. Borden. (PH330)|
|11:44 am||Doherty runs to Undertaker Gorman’s shop around corner and phones Marshall Hilliard. (PH331)|
|11:45 am||Doherty returns; Officers Mullaly. Allen, Denny, and Mr. Medley arrive|
|11:45 am||Dr. Dolan arrives, sees bodies.|
|11:45 am||Morse talks to Sawyer at side door, later testifies he heard of murders
|11:45-11:50 am||Morse sees Andrew’s body, then goes upstairs and sees Abby’s body.|
|11:50 am||Morse speaks to Lizzie as she lays on lounge in dining room.|
|11:50 am||Asst. Marshall Fleet arrives; sees bodies; talks to Lizzie in her room w/Rev. Buck, says “…she’s not my mother, she’s my stepmother” (PH354)|
|11:50 am||Morse goes out to back yard and stays outside most of the afternoon.|
|11:50 am –Noon||Deputy Sheriff Wixon climbs back fence and talks to workmen sawing wood in Chagnon yard. (TT452)|
|11:50-Noon||Doherty, Fleet and Medley accompany Bridget to cellar where she shows them hatchet in box on shelf.|
|12:15-12:20 am||Officer Harrington arrives at the Borden house. (WS6)|
|12:25 am||Officer Harrington interviews Lizzie in her bedroom (she wears pink wrapper). (WS6)|
|12:45 am||Marshall Hillliard & Officers Doherty & Connors drive carriage to
Andrew’s upper farm in Swansea.
|3:30 pm||Crime scene photographs are taken of Andrew & Abby.|
|3:40 pm||Emma leaves on New Bedford train for Weir Junction to return to Fall River. (CI107)|
|4:00 pm||Stomachs of Andrew and Abby removed and sealed.|
|5:00 pm||Emma returns from Fairhaven and arrives at the Borden house. (TT1550)|
|5:00-5:30 pm||State Detective George F. Seaver arrives from Taunton. (PH453)|
|5:30 pm||Dr. Dolan “delivers” bodies of Andrew and Abby to Undertaker James Winward. (PH388)|
|6:00 pm||Alice leaves 92 Second Street to return home for supper. (CI149)
8::45 pm Officer Joseph Hyde, observing from a northwest outside
window, sees Lizzie & Alice go down cellar.
The above is an extract from my Fall River/Lizzie Borden Historic Timeline
1620 – 2005.available in digital format ($10). If interested contact me at email@example.com.