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Maplecroft Update: Updated Details & Code Requirements

 

Here’s an awesome article in the Fall River Herald  News with lots of new photos.

Also take note of the short video showing Manager, Ryan Woods.    Click HERE

and HERE

You won’t find short cuts on expenditures here –  but that is the way of owner Donald Woods.  He has spared no expense in his updates and maintenance  to the Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast Museum either.  And THAT prime Fall River tourist attraction has been exceptionally well managed for the past 14 years by Lee-ann Wilber.

The two Maple trees removed mentioned in the article create more enhanced spring and summer site lines for the easterly neighbors who remain vigilantly perched to criticize and spread misinformation.

Some photos have been shown before but click through them anyway.  A feast to the eyes..

 

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Lizzie Borden’s Maplecroft to Open to Public by April

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.

 

 

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GHOST ADVENTURES AND LIZZIE BORDEN

NOREKI LEEANN ET ZAKFrom top:  Liz, Nowicki, Lee-ann Wilbur, Eleanor Thibault, and Zac the Hunk

More nonsense tonight on Ghost Adventures relative to the Lizzie Borden House in Fall River, MA. i know the first 3 people: Liz since 2005, Lee-ann since 2004, and Eleanor since 1998.   They believe. One attempts to remain prudently unbiased; one has a reputation to protect, and one tends to believe in all things paranormal.

When your audience involves both those who are into true crime (specifically unsolved murders) and those who are captivated by the occult or paranormal, you have to keep re-inventing the product.  Getting talking heads to serve up the fodder is easy because they enjoy the broadcast celebrity or, if they have vested financial interest in the location, they know such broadcasts result in increased business.  And producers, always budget conscious on these “formula” productions, love getting their input for free.

The twist here is being “assaulted” by the spirit, ghost, energy (take your pick) of Andrew Borden.   Time has rendered us a rather transparent evolution of experiences by these people.  What was once a mysterious mist becomes a cold hand upon the shoulder.  What was thumping upstairs when no one WAS upstairs, becomes a slap across the face and what was a slap upon the face becomes….wait for it……Rape.  Yes, you read that right.  You can’t keep taking the same girt to the Proms unless she changes her dress.  These shows have a target audience that keeps oooohing and ahhhing – so they continue to regurgitate with “variances on a theme”.    Enough with the metaphors.

Remember, these shows ARE FOR ENTERTAINMENT VALUE. It’s the Travel Channel – not PBS.

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Lifetime Movie Channel on Lizzie Borden Got The Most Obscure Thing Right!

While the poor reviews and commentary on the gawd-awful Lifetime Movie Channel’s Lizzie Borden Took An Axe (see my earlier post) starring Christina Ricci continue, I have to report on a most singular and obscure thing they DID get right:  The picture above the sofa where Andrew Borden met his fate.

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(Image above of the crime scene taken late afternoon of August 4, 1892, from my personal collection of second generation photos.)

You can see the picture here, actually a black and white print of a steel engraving. Here are a couple more images:

Elms1This image was also taken on August 4rh, 1892, after the sofa had been removed.

There never was any mention of this picture in any of the source documents, newspapers or subsequent books written on the case.  Apparently, never worthy of citing, it wasn’t nearly as notable as the sofa – which has been referred to as a “horsehair sofa of the Civil War era”.  But the picture has never raised an eyebrow nor an inkling of curiosity.  What that picture was remained unknown for 108 years.

In early 2000, Lizzie Borden expert Leonard Rebello, a Fall River native and author of Lizzie Borden Past & Present (1999) conducted some in-depth research and discovered it was a steel engraving called “The Village Elms – Sunday Morning in New England” by a rather prolific painter, Albert Fitch Bellows (1829-1883).  For the first time ever, EVER, the “picture above the sofa” was identified in print with the publication of the April 2000 issue (Vol. VII, #2) of the most excellent The Lizzie Borden Quarterly published by Martin F. Bertolet.  Lizzie Borden enthusiasts who subscribed to this august publication, were the first to learn of this discovery.   To my knowledge, there has never been any other feature article or any reference to this engraving – in context with the Lizzie Borden case – ever written about since.  A print of this engraving has hung above the sofa at the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast since Mr. Rebello’s discovery.

bellowsAlbert Fitch Bellows

Here it is below:

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One can readily see this exact picture hanging above the sofa in the Lifetime Movie Channel’s film which first aired on January 25, 2014, nearly 14 years after the identification of the what and who first came to light.

So who, I ponder, in the production of this pitiful portrayal of the case was responsible for bringing that piece of historical accuracy to the film?  Who did the research?  How did they learn of the picture?  (Perhaps it was Lee-ann Wilber, manager of the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast, who had been contacted about “borrowing” the sofa).  Nonetheless, they got the sofa wrong but the picture is correct.  They got most everything wrong but they got the picture right.  A most obscure inclusion with absolutely no relevancy to the case itself.  If they troubled to research that and incorporate it into the film, why leave out so much that WAS relevant?

While it can now be said they got something right, that singular and obscure find still lacks sufficiency for redemption of all they got wrong.  Albert Fitch Bellows.  The Village Elms  And now you know.

ElmsColorColored version of “The Village Elms – Sunday Morning in New England”

Final note:  I’d be willing to bet it never hung at “Maplecroft”.  😉

 

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An Assessment of the Lizzie Borden film by other experts who know the facts

Poor Lee-ann Wilber, manager of the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast.  She and her staff are left with the mop up duties due to all the misinformation and urban legends contained in the Lifetime Movie Channel’s Lizzie Borden Took An Axe, starring Chrsitina Ricci.

As I predicted, awful production has only served to perpetuate the myths and untruths about Miss Borden and the case itself.  Too bad the LMN’s target audience are breeders more than readers.

“Lizzie Borden film:  A Hatchet Job” – by Deborah Allard, Fall River Herald News, interviewed local Lizzie Borden affcionados and moi.  Read it HERE.

Richard Behrens, who authored Lizzie Borden, Girl Detective – a clever and astute non-fiction book, posted this on a chat forum – and I completely agree:

“There must have been a corporate meeting at Lifetime where they planned everything exactly because they were aiming for a specific audience. If the women wore hats, the 20-something Twilight fans would think it’s old fashioned. If they used period music, they won’t download the soundtrack from iTunes. If they cast a teenager-looking actress, the teenagers in the audience will assume she is a teenager. If they show stuff about Fall River and the textile mills, they’ll flip the channels to another station. If they don’t show Lizzie hacking up bodies, the movie will be boring. In short, no ambiguity, no subtlety, no grown-up issues. Let’s make a movie about a 32 year old woman who is really a trouble teenager who wants to smash open people’s skulls like they do in the zombie and vampire movies.”

 

  • Historians: ‘Lizzie Borden’ film a hatchet job

  • “Lizzie Borden Took an Ax,” at least when it comes to those who know the intricate details of the crime and case, presented glaring historical inaccuracies from start to finish.

– See more at: http://www.heraldnews.com/article/20140127/NEWS/140126634/?tag=2#sthash.vNKjppF5.dpuf

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  • Deborah Allard
    Herald News Staff Reporter

    Posted Jan. 27, 2014 @ 7:24 pm
    Updated at 7:28 PM

    FALL RIVER — The reviews are in.

    “Lizzie Borden Took an Ax,” at least when it comes to those who know the intricate details of the crime and case, presented glaring historical inaccuracies from start to finish.

    Local historians and Lizzie experts hated the rock music, Lizzie Borden’s wardrobe and the absence of several main characters.

    Leonard Rebello, a local historian and the author of “Lizzie Borden: Past & Present,” said it was “difficult to watch.”

    “It leaves myths and legends for a new generation,” Rebello said.

    The biggest historical inaccuracy, according to Rebello, was when officials performed an autopsy on Andrew and Abby Borden on the dining room table, after the couple had been bludgeoned to death by an ax (actually, a hatchet).

    “That did not happen at all,” Rebello said.

    The autopsies were completed in the house, but Rebello said they were performed on undertaker boards. Andrew Borden was in the living room, and Abby Borden in the dining room.

    There were other historical errors, as well, such as when Lizzie Borden burned her dress in a cauldron outside for all to see.

    Rebello said it was hard to watch after spending six years researching the facts of the Borden murders and case.

    “Overall, it was not very well done,” Rebello said.

    The Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast, the actual site of the Borden murders at 92 Second St., is in “damage control” mode, according to curator and manager Lee Ann Wilber.

    She said she and her tour staff will be “setting everyone straight” for years to come, separating fact from fiction and rumor from truth.

    The film did spark a renewed interest in the Borden murder mystery. Wilber said the B&B has seen an increase in visitors all weekend. Each hourly tour on Sunday was attended by 15 to 20 curious visitors.

    Michael Martins, curator of the Fall River Historical Society, which displays the largest collection of Borden artifacts and crime scene items, was put off by the film.

    “The film was inaccurate in all aspects — from historical facts, to costuming and sets,” Martins said.

    Martins said the society has for years been at the forefront of researching the Borden story, uncovering new material and presenting that material to the public.

    Martins and assistant curator Dennis Binette recently published “Parallel Lives: A Social History of Lizzie A. Borden in Fall River,” which shed new light on Borden and the murders.

    “It is unfortunate that they chose not to utilize the resources available here,” Martins said. “Visitors repeatedly tell us that that is one of the things that sets the Historical Society apart — fact, not fiction.

– See more at: http://www.heraldnews.com/article/20140127/NEWS/140126634#sthash.qrUgGY3G.dpuf

    • Historians: ‘Lizzie Borden’ film a hatchet job

  • “Lizzie Borden Took an Ax,” at least when it comes to those who know the intricate details of the crime and case, presented glaring historical inaccuracies from start to finish.

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  • Lifetime's "Lizzie Borden Took An Ax" on Jan. 25, starring Christina Ricci as the famous Fall River murder suspect.

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  • Deborah Allard
    Herald News Staff Reporter

    Posted Jan. 27, 2014 @ 7:24 pm
    Updated at 7:28 PM

    FALL RIVER — The reviews are in.

    “Lizzie Borden Took an Ax,” at least when it comes to those who know the intricate details of the crime and case, presented glaring historical inaccuracies from start to finish.

    Local historians and Lizzie experts hated the rock music, Lizzie Borden’s wardrobe and the absence of several main characters.

    Leonard Rebello, a local historian and the author of “Lizzie Borden: Past & Present,” said it was “difficult to watch.”

    “It leaves myths and legends for a new generation,” Rebello said.

    The biggest historical inaccuracy, according to Rebello, was when officials performed an autopsy on Andrew and Abby Borden on the dining room table, after the couple had been bludgeoned to death by an ax (actually, a hatchet).

    “That did not happen at all,” Rebello said.

    The autopsies were completed in the house, but Rebello said they were performed on undertaker boards. Andrew Borden was in the living room, and Abby Borden in the dining room.

    There were other historical errors, as well, such as when Lizzie Borden burned her dress in a cauldron outside for all to see.

    Rebello said it was hard to watch after spending six years researching the facts of the Borden murders and case.

    “Overall, it was not very well done,” Rebello said.

    The Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast, the actual site of the Borden murders at 92 Second St., is in “damage control” mode, according to curator and manager Lee Ann Wilber.

    She said she and her tour staff will be “setting everyone straight” for years to come, separating fact from fiction and rumor from truth.

    The film did spark a renewed interest in the Borden murder mystery. Wilber said the B&B has seen an increase in visitors all weekend. Each hourly tour on Sunday was attended by 15 to 20 curious visitors.

    Michael Martins, curator of the Fall River Historical Society, which displays the largest collection of Borden artifacts and crime scene items, was put off by the film.

    “The film was inaccurate in all aspects — from historical facts, to costuming and sets,” Martins said.

    Martins said the society has for years been at the forefront of researching the Borden story, uncovering new material and presenting that material to the public.

    Martins and assistant curator Dennis Binette recently published “Parallel Lives: A Social History of Lizzie A. Borden in Fall River,” which shed new light on Borden and the murders.

    “It is unfortunate that they chose not to utilize the resources available here,” Martins said. “Visitors repeatedly tell us that that is one of the things that sets the Historical Society apart — fact, not fiction.

– See more at: http://www.heraldnews.com/article/20140127/NEWS/140126634#sthash.qrUgGY3G.dpuf

    • Historians: ‘Lizzie Borden’ film a hatchet job

  • “Lizzie Borden Took an Ax,” at least when it comes to those who know the intricate details of the crime and case, presented glaring historical inaccuracies from start to finish.

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  • Lifetime's "Lizzie Borden Took An Ax" on Jan. 25, starring Christina Ricci as the famous Fall River murder suspect.

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    Submitted PhotoLifetime’s “Lizzie Borden Took An Ax” on Jan. 25, starring Christina Ricci as the famous Fall River murder suspect.

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  • Deborah Allard
    Herald News Staff Reporter

    Posted Jan. 27, 2014 @ 7:24 pm
    Updated at 7:28 PM

    FALL RIVER — The reviews are in.

    “Lizzie Borden Took an Ax,” at least when it comes to those who know the intricate details of the crime and case, presented glaring historical inaccuracies from start to finish.

    Local historians and Lizzie experts hated the rock music, Lizzie Borden’s wardrobe and the absence of several main characters.

    Leonard Rebello, a local historian and the author of “Lizzie Borden: Past & Present,” said it was “difficult to watch.”

    “It leaves myths and legends for a new generation,” Rebello said.

    The biggest historical inaccuracy, according to Rebello, was when officials performed an autopsy on Andrew and Abby Borden on the dining room table, after the couple had been bludgeoned to death by an ax (actually, a hatchet).

    “That did not happen at all,” Rebello said.

    The autopsies were completed in the house, but Rebello said they were performed on undertaker boards. Andrew Borden was in the living room, and Abby Borden in the dining room.

    There were other historical errors, as well, such as when Lizzie Borden burned her dress in a cauldron outside for all to see.

    Rebello said it was hard to watch after spending six years researching the facts of the Borden murders and case.

    “Overall, it was not very well done,” Rebello said.

    The Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast, the actual site of the Borden murders at 92 Second St., is in “damage control” mode, according to curator and manager Lee Ann Wilber.

    She said she and her tour staff will be “setting everyone straight” for years to come, separating fact from fiction and rumor from truth.

    The film did spark a renewed interest in the Borden murder mystery. Wilber said the B&B has seen an increase in visitors all weekend. Each hourly tour on Sunday was attended by 15 to 20 curious visitors.

    Michael Martins, curator of the Fall River Historical Society, which displays the largest collection of Borden artifacts and crime scene items, was put off by the film.

    “The film was inaccurate in all aspects — from historical facts, to costuming and sets,” Martins said.

    Martins said the society has for years been at the forefront of researching the Borden story, uncovering new material and presenting that material to the public.

    Martins and assistant curator Dennis Binette recently published “Parallel Lives: A Social History of Lizzie A. Borden in Fall River,” which shed new light on Borden and the murders.

    “It is unfortunate that they chose not to utilize the resources available here,” Martins said. “Visitors repeatedly tell us that that is one of the things that sets the Historical Society apart — fact, not fiction.

– See more at: http://www.heraldnews.com/article/20140127/NEWS/140126634#sthash.qrUgGY3G.dpuf

    • Historians: ‘Lizzie Borden’ film a hatchet job

  • “Lizzie Borden Took an Ax,” at least when it comes to those who know the intricate details of the crime and case, presented glaring historical inaccuracies from start to finish.

  • emailprint 0
  • Lifetime's "Lizzie Borden Took An Ax" on Jan. 25, starring Christina Ricci as the famous Fall River murder suspect.

     Zoom

    Submitted PhotoLifetime’s “Lizzie Borden Took An Ax” on Jan. 25, starring Christina Ricci as the famous Fall River murder suspect.

    »  RELATED CONTENT
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  • Deborah Allard
    Herald News Staff Reporter

    Posted Jan. 27, 2014 @ 7:24 pm
    Updated at 7:28 PM

    FALL RIVER — The reviews are in.

    “Lizzie Borden Took an Ax,” at least when it comes to those who know the intricate details of the crime and case, presented glaring historical inaccuracies from start to finish.

    Local historians and Lizzie experts hated the rock music, Lizzie Borden’s wardrobe and the absence of several main characters.

    Leonard Rebello, a local historian and the author of “Lizzie Borden: Past & Present,” said it was “difficult to watch.”

    “It leaves myths and legends for a new generation,” Rebello said.

    The biggest historical inaccuracy, according to Rebello, was when officials performed an autopsy on Andrew and Abby Borden on the dining room table, after the couple had been bludgeoned to death by an ax (actually, a hatchet).

    “That did not happen at all,” Rebello said.

    The autopsies were completed in the house, but Rebello said they were performed on undertaker boards. Andrew Borden was in the living room, and Abby Borden in the dining room.

    There were other historical errors, as well, such as when Lizzie Borden burned her dress in a cauldron outside for all to see.

    Rebello said it was hard to watch after spending six years researching the facts of the Borden murders and case.

    “Overall, it was not very well done,” Rebello said.

    The Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast, the actual site of the Borden murders at 92 Second St., is in “damage control” mode, according to curator and manager Lee Ann Wilber.

    She said she and her tour staff will be “setting everyone straight” for years to come, separating fact from fiction and rumor from truth.

    The film did spark a renewed interest in the Borden murder mystery. Wilber said the B&B has seen an increase in visitors all weekend. Each hourly tour on Sunday was attended by 15 to 20 curious visitors.

    Michael Martins, curator of the Fall River Historical Society, which displays the largest collection of Borden artifacts and crime scene items, was put off by the film.

    “The film was inaccurate in all aspects — from historical facts, to costuming and sets,” Martins said.

    Martins said the society has for years been at the forefront of researching the Borden story, uncovering new material and presenting that material to the public.

    Martins and assistant curator Dennis Binette recently published “Parallel Lives: A Social History of Lizzie A. Borden in Fall River,” which shed new light on Borden and the murders.

    “It is unfortunate that they chose not to utilize the resources available here,” Martins said. “Visitors repeatedly tell us that that is one of the things that sets the Historical Society apart — fact, not fiction.

– See more at: http://www.heraldnews.com/article/20140127/NEWS/140126634#sthash.qrUgGY3G.dpuf

 

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LIZZIE BORDEN LIFETIME MOVIE NETWORK – SEX, GORE AND SCHLOCK ROCK RATINGS

BE SURE TO CHECK OUT MY LIZZIE BORDEN ITEMS FOR SALE ON EBAY (SEE BOTTOM OF THIS POST).

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Sex, gore and schlock rock ratings. The Lifetime Movie Network airing of Lizzie Borden Took an Axe should have good ratings tonight (January 25th) – at least in the New England market. I find people here on the west coast, either haven’t heard about it, don’t care, or wouldn’t watch it anyway.  The current Lizzie Borden hype is more regional and of more interest (as to the accuracy of this production) by case experts than it is to the general public.

When anything airs about Charlie Manson and the Manson murders, it gets huge ratings here in SoCal because SoCal is where it happened.  People in Fall River don’t care that much about it.  And most of them in Fall River don’t care about Lizzie Borden.  It’s the sex and gore that attracts.  Always does.  Can you say “Jody Arias”?

However, I’m still kaphitzed about how this kind of crap perpetuates all the myths and misinformation and I’m certain this airing will move to the front of the line tonight in that regard. I hope when it begins showing there is a caveat in front of the Title feed that says: “Any resemblance to the real Lizzie Borden or consistency of facts is purely unintentional.” LOL

I think the curators at the Fall River Historical Society have shown their usual professional restraint and class in not seeking out to be interviewed in connection with this grossly inaccurate production.  Another person, however, has aggressively pursued being quoted or interviewed and is planning to strategically place herself in a local Fall River bar which will be airing the program and where the local print media will be showing up to interview customers – again planning to be one of them. .  Some people just LOVE getting their names in the paper – it serves to self-validate who they are and their own self-worth.  Sad.

One of my friends in Fall River said: “Faye, I’ll Skype you and you can watch it with me on my TV here 3 hours earlier!”   I said, No, that I was gonna record it and wouldn’t be near a TV anyway between 7 an 10:30 tonight.

Anyway, as to the quality and accuracy of LMN’s rendition of the Lizzie Borden case,  I don’t need to see two trains going head to head on the same rail to know the result.   Excuse them, Lizzie, for know not what they do.  Uhhh.  Scratch that.  They know exactly what they’re doing.  😉

I, myself, am capitalizing on the thousands of Google searches that will undoubtedly follow the airing so as to sell off some of my overflow collection on eBay.  HERE, HERE, and HERE.

As to the REAL facts of the case, here’s a terrific 13 minute video by the Fall River Historical Society.  Please do yourself a favor and watch it!

 

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UPDATE: No Matter How Inaccurate, Lizzie Borden in the Media is Good Business

Someone messaged me on Facebook: “Faye, you are helping to promote this awful movie by posting about it.” Oh no, I’m not. I’m doing blogs about it, I’m commentinig on internet chat rooms etc. about it,  I’m responding to the buzz that’s already out there giving a totally different POV. My POV is based on decades of research, interviews, published papers, speaking engagements, case related collectibles, etc. I want my opinions dispersed out there in the world wide web. Hopefully when the hype heightens and people Google about Ricci, the film, Lizzie, Fall River, etc., they will have my POV to ponder rather than simply accepting as truth the horseshit they will have viewed.   Hopefully, I will help to slow the resultant predictable tide of misinformation that perpetuates the myth of Lizzie Borden.

SO HERE IS THE LATEST:

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CLICK HERE —->UPDATE 1/3/2014

Excuse me whilst I stab my eyeballs out.

The Lifetime Movie Channel-Christina Ricci rendition of the Lizzie Borden story has her (Lizzie) sneaking out of the house days before the murder to attend a wild party. (Thump. <–sound of me banging my head against the wall).

The script apparently establishes as fact Lizzie & Emma were surrogate wives to Andrew until he married the stepmother. (Thump. Thump).

Ricci, so says the article, did extensive research into her role. (Thumpity, thump, thump).

I’d type more but I can’t see thru the blood of my eyeballs.

In Uncategorized on January 3, 2014 at 3:30 am

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Photo by Bryce Vickmark for The New York Times

It’s only been recently that the Fall River Chamber of Commerce has publicly acknowleged the revenue and residual advantages of touting their most famous citizen, Lizzie Borden.  Perhaps it’s taken them that long to figure out thousands have trekked to Fall River for one purpose only:  To visit the murder house at 92 Second Street.  It’s the same gravitational pull that feeds tourism in Dallas at Dealy Plaza.  And once in Fall River they proceed to only 3 other locations before getting back on the highway towards Newport or Boston.  Those 3 sites are:  The French Street stately home called “Maplecroft” in the Highlands where Lizzie lived the other half of her life, the Fall River Historical Society to view part of their world’s largest collection relative to the case and Lizzie herself, and finally to Oak Grove Cemetery where she is buried.  It’s usually the repeat visitors or regional residents that discover Fall River has a little more to offer on a day’s visit, i.e., some great restaurants, Battleship Cove, great vistas overlooking the Taunton River and…and…and…well, the hidden John Mann murals on the walls of the auditorium at the old Matthew Kuss Middle School at 217 Rock Street.  Thing is you can’t get to them. 

Well, now comes along another TV movie on Lizzie Borden starring Christina Ricci.  I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again.  Christina Ricci would be appropriate casting as Lizzie Borden if Justin Bieber played Andrew Borden.  If that doesn’t tell you right off the bat about how accurate this Lifetime Movie Production will be….will read the following New York Times article and determine for yourself.

The only good thing is that whenever the media hypes Lizzie, there are spikes in the revenue for the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast – and Fall River in general.  I’m all for that.  Fiction or Fact.

 

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