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Lizzie Borden – Actual Trial Transcript

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These are random images from my 10-volume set of the original Trial Transcript as transcribed from shorthand taken by Frank Burt’s stenographers in the court room and passed on to the typists in back of the New Bedford Superior Court in 1893.  This is what allowed national papers to transmit over wires all over the country to the public awaiting the next edition of their home town papers.

Each volume includes the index and image(s) I created/assembled that were reflective of the of testimony included for that specific volume.

How I acquired these and produced them for sale on eBay (a couple decades ago) is explained in the first image above.  I have used these volumes countless times when fact-checking various published works on the Borden case and Superior Court Trial.  I’ve referred to them most recently with Cara Robertson’s book, The Trial of Lizzie Borden to be released for sale in less than 2 weeks.

I have always relished in the thrill of reading the actual transcripts exactly as they were typed and made available to reporters in just a matter of hours from when the  testimonies were actually given.    The testimony comes alive, putting you in the court room itself (something, by the way, which Cara’s book does), so much more than reading the contemporary digital recreations into a WORD or .pdf document more than a century later.   So enjoy, and to borrow from today’s vernacular – “let’s keep it real”.

 

 

 

 

 

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Lizzie Borden Homes Raising Money for Homeless

 

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.

 

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Maplecroft – Paranormal Investigations Begin

The following video was posted on YouTube just today – January 1, 2019.  While all necessary permits have not yet been issued by the City of Fall River for  this home to be operated for tours and a B&B, let’s hope when they are this type of marketing keeps it open.

Thousands have flocked to the Second Street home because of the paranormal interest, thus keeping the “murder house” open for thousands of those who have no such interest in things that go bump in the night.  No matter, business is business.

So here it is – the first on the 1st.  (There are some inaccuracies but that’s okay).  Lizzie Borden’s Maplecroft.

 

 

 

 

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Lizzie Borden – For Brevity’s Sake

Sometimes we just need to chuckle about it all.

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 Artist Charles George Deviantart.com) does a variation on a theme.

 

 

 

 

Here’s a couple more of his clever illustrations:

Lizzie swoons in court when skulls of her father and stepmother are presented by Prosecutor Knowlton.

A forlorn and depressed Lizzie stares out a window in an attic room at her home on 92 Second Street – or is it Maplecroft?

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Maplecroft Meeting ADA Requirements

Maplecroft Update:

Handicap ramp being installed today and a chair lift for main staircase later. These are necessary to meet ADA requirements for permit issuance to operate as a B&B.

The Second Street location did not have to comply back in 1996. New time, new council.

Some may think a chair lift in the foyer may take away from the Edwardian era ambience.  Some may be right.  But hey, do you want to see it open to the public or not?

Bless Donald and Ryan Woods for doing what it takes.

It was my pleasure recently to review and edit the tour script.  Thank you, Ryan.  🙂

 
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Posted by on August 7, 2018 in Maplecroft Bed & Breakfast

 

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Lizzie Borden’s Meatloaf Recipe

This article in the Fall River Herald News today by Deborah Allard includes several informative links (see my Timeline) and gives us the super bland recipe for Lizzie Borden’s meatloaf.

 

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Chloe Sevigny Interview on Lizzie Borden

In this very recent Town & Country mag interview Chloe Sevigny admits her film “Lizzie” is fiction but it’s what she says about Lizzie the person where she gets it all wrong.

First of all let me say that whenever I ready ANYTHING about Lizzie Borden where it states unequivocably that an “axe” was used (instead of a hatchet), a red flag goes up in my critical, case purist mind.  Alas, it was mentioned almost immediately.   The trouble with the content of  remarks made in this interview is that urban legends are reinforced once again.

Sevigny maintains Lizzie Borden was stifled under her father’s rigid control and had no outlets to vent her frustrations.  Truth be told, Lizze at age 32, was just on the cusp of joining the core of that society she so craved.  For the past 7 years she had been active in the Congregational Church, taking part in almost all it’s departments, i.e., Fruit and Flower Mission,  also Reverent Buck’s Mission where she taught Chinese children, Womens’ Board of the Fall River Hospital, etc. etc.  She pretty much came and went as she pleased, entering and existing by the front door as her sister, Emma, did while her father and stepmother used the back door.  Lizzie went out frequently to make calls but most of her social engagements involved the Central Congregation Church.  And just the year before she had gone a 16 week Grand Tour to Europe.   She was no captive of her father’s doman, that’s for sure.

I have repeatedly said Sevigny’s film is soft porn.  Just as there are books with hooks there are films produced for targeted audiences.  This film is no exception.  But I’ll still go see it.  And I’ll keep buying those books.

 

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