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“What Is That Thing?” A Lizzie Borden Querry

Who knows what this is?

It is still inside the closet in “Bridget Sullivan’s bedroom” at the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast Museum.

Tim Weisberg‘s  Spooky Southcoast podcast episode entitled: “The Real Lizzie Borden” was broadcast shortly after the publishing of  Parallel Lives.  The featured guests on that episode were Michael Martins and Dennis Binette (curator and assistant curator of the Fall River Historical Society).  They help identify just what this is.

Advance to 46.10 to the relevant call in.

Here’s the link.



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328 French Street Being Sold – Michael Brimbaugh and Stefani Koorey Move Out





This image shows a side view of “Maplecroft’s” garage, not often seen.

The property next door to “Maplecroft” (as shown above) owned by Michael Brimbaugh, has been on the market for over two months.  Brimbaugh and girlfriend, Stefani Koorey, have moved out after making improvements and prepping the property.  Brimbaugh is building a new home in Westport.

Read Herald News article HERE with photos of interior.

This house was once owned by Lizzie Borden, indirectly. She had
instructed her business manager, Charles Cook, to purchase the home in
his name in 1926 the year before she died. When she passed away in
1927, this house was part of her estate.

“According to Len Rebello, in Lizzie Borden Past & Present (1999), “Charles Cook
sold the Henry property (house and land next to Maplecroft) to Mary K.
Buxton on March 14, 1928, for $10,000 but did not record the sale to
Lizzie’s estate. The property was purchased in December 1926, for
$12,000 with Lizzie’s money. However, the deed was in Mr. Cook’s name.
Lizzie had purchased other property and deeded it with Mr. Cook’s name
as trustee for her. This was a practice to avoid publicity. Lizzie paid the
taxes on the property and all repairs. Mr. Cook claimed it was Lizzie’s
intent that he have the Henry property when she died. Grace Howe and
Helen Leighton contested. They wanted the proceeds back in Lizzie’s
estate. The Probate Court ruled in their favor. The proceeds were placed
in Lizzie’s estate at a 6% interest rate. The decision of Probate Court was
appealed and heard at the state Supreme Court in Boston in 1932. Mr.
Cook claimed that the “Bristol Court had no right, while considering his
accounts as executor, to hear evidence as to the ownership of the
property.” (“Borden Case Before the Full Bench,” Taunton Daily Gazette,
April 8, 1932: 2) The Supreme Court agreed with the ruling of Probate
Court.”  from Every House Has a Story

Meanwhile, “Maplecroft” owner, Kristee Bates, still struggles with bringing her property up to compliance with various codes in accordance with permit processing and issuance –  a costly endeavor.  Also, the once announced Leonard Rebello and Bill Pavao as co-curators have long disappeared from the scene due to differences of opinion in the renovations (more on that later).   But at least Kristee will no longer have that invasive “hawkeye” peering from her now vacated neighbor.


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Tattered Fabric makes list of “The 50 Best History Blogs”

I’m thrilled to announce my Tattered FabricFall River’s Lizzie Borden blog has been given another award.  This one is for the The 50 Best History Blogs in the category of Criminal History.  Only four blogs are in this category and I’m flattered and proud to be in the same company as CLEWS, which is my all-time favorite crime blog that is so wonderfully structured and content-rich as created by author Laura James.

Notice of my making this list came in an email as follows:

—–Original Message—–
From: Nathan Williams []
Sent: Thursday, February 17, 2011 7:46 AM
Subject: Tattered Fabric: Fall River’s Lizzie Borden on our list of The 50 Best History Blogs


My name is Nathan Williams and I am part of the Editorial Team for Zen College Life. I wanted to let you know that Tattered Fabric: Fall River’s Lizzie Borden has been selected as one of The 50 Best History Blogs.

Our Editors and Readers selected your blog because of its high standard of quality information mixed with your excellent commentary.

We’ve also created a badge that you can display on your website to let your readers know you’ve made the list. If you want to display the badge, simply email me and I will help you post it to your blog.

In addition, if you are interested in being interviewed for our blog, please let me know.

Continued Success!”

Fellow blogger and author, Mirella Patzer is also a recipient of this award for her History and Women blog.   She also writes the Scandalous Women blog, which I love.  Both are on my blogroll.

My previous award “100 Awesome Blogs for History Junkies” can be found HERE – #77 under the “People” category.

The vast majority of subscribers to my blog are college students, and with nearly 1,000 hits a day it is not surprising someone would eventually recommend it for one of these lists.  Granted, it’s not a Nobel Prize, an Oscar, Emmy, Tony, or Grammy – but it’s always nice to get recognition for what you write.   🙂


Posted by on February 24, 2011 in Fall River History


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Author Mirella Patzer writes a terrific blog with outstanding links on “historical fiction”….. She’s from Canada.  Bright mind, this woman.  Check her out by clicking HERE.

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