04-25-2012, 12:22 PM #1
120 years on: Lizzie Borden home hits the market - $650,000 buys true crime history
Lizzie Borden's $650,000 home goes on sale 120 years after
unsolved murder of her parents that has gripped America ever since
The house where notorious murder suspect Lizzie Borden lived out her life after being acquitted of using an axe to kill her father and stepmother has gone on the market for $650,000.
The 14-room Queen Anne Victorian home in Fall River, Massachusetts, is up for sale for double what similar houses in the area typically fetch due to its history.
Quiet librarian Miss Borden, who was famously acquitted of her father and stepmother's murder in 1892, moved to the property four years later and lived there until her death in 1927, aged 66.
The house, known as Maplecroft, includes seven bedroom, four bathrooms, a grand entry foyer, two sunrooms, seven fireplaces, original parquet floors, tin ceilings and mahogany moldings.
The latest development in this ongoing cold case has been the recent discovery of journals written by her family's lawyer at the time of her murder trial.
The two handwritten diaries, by Andrew Jennings, were given to the Massachusetts society by Jennings's grandson, Edward Waring, in his will after he died last year.
WS has had over the years a few Borden-specific threads, the most active one having been started in April 2009:
Lizzie Borden - Old, old case - New, new angle
So - if you had the cash to throw around, would you buy the old Borden place? I think I would!
04-25-2012, 02:43 PM #2
Maybe I would, as long as I didn't have to sleep thereEngland's dancing days are done...
04-25-2012, 02:53 PM #3
I would be thinking of recouping a part of the investment by renting rooms by the evening to seance- and/or Ouija board-obsessed folks set on contacting her spirit. As whomever killed the family didn't kill them on-site (that house is now a museum; yes, I'd like to take the tour!), I don't suppose bludgeoning ghosts wielding axes lurk about on its premises. Odd dreams could certainly be had, though, I suspect.
04-25-2012, 09:11 PM #4Registered User
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I would. This is going to sound weird but I have this thing about 'touching history'. I love history and every time I have visited a historical house or other location and I walk the floor or touch a door I think about the fact that I am walking in the very place and touching the very thing that these historical figures did and it gives me goosebumps. Now Lizzy's historical significance may be a little on the macabre side but I think I would still buy her house if I had 650k lying around.
"Everything should be as simple as it is, but not simpler".
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04-26-2012, 12:24 AM #5Registered User
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I feel the exact same way Jack!
04-26-2012, 07:11 AM #6
My husband and I stayed there when it was first a b&B sometime around 98 or 99. I meant to dig up my pics (which aren't that great, since we didn't have a digital camera then, so they're scans) and post them on one of the other threads. I'll have to see if I can get them over later this morning, after the kids go off to school.
We stayed in the guest room, where Uncle John was staying at the time of the murders, and where Abby was killed. Big mistake staying in that room if you want a good nights sleep lol.“Peace is not the product of terror or fear. Peace is not the silence of cemeteries. Peace is not the silent result of violent repression. Peace is the generous, tranquil contribution of all to the good of all." -Abp Oscar Romero
04-26-2012, 07:13 AM #7
Ohoh wait, this is Maplecroft, Lizzie's home later in life? That'll teach me to read the links, haha.
I'll have to go read it now, as the guy who USED to own the house at one time was a friend of my father's (not sure if it's the same guy, I'll go check). He had some stories. Also, he was a weird, creepy dude himself.
Bbl after I read lol.
Edit- Yep, same guy.“Peace is not the product of terror or fear. Peace is not the silence of cemeteries. Peace is not the silent result of violent repression. Peace is the generous, tranquil contribution of all to the good of all." -Abp Oscar Romero
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