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  1. #1
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    Aug 2003
    In heels

    For Deputy Linda ~ Man would like to see a Starbucks in Lizzie Borden's home

    Starbucks in Lizzie's house?

    New owners' idea is a bit weird for Borden fans

    By Michael Levenson, Globe Correspondent | June 21, 2004

    FALL RIVER -- The imposing brown house where an elderly couple was hacked to death by a hatchet-wielding murderer more than 100 years ago might seem an unlikely spot for a bed-and- breakfast and a new Starbucks. But Donald Woods -- a former Marine who has long experience as an executive running hospitals, nursing homes, and catering businesses -- sees potential profits as he strolls the grounds on Second Street.

    The Lizzie Borden house, home to one of America's most enduring murder mysteries, just became the property of Woods and his girlfriend, Lee-ann Wilber, an amateur bodybuilder and manager of a General Nutrition Center.

    Woods and Wilber, who met four years ago in an acting class, talk with the enthusiasm of new homeowners about their plans to revitalize this most macabre of attractions, first opened as a B&B in 1996.

    With a few modifications, Woods says, he can vastly expand the appeal -- and bottom line -- of the house where Abby Borden was gored in the head and then left face-down on the floor of the guest bedroom in August 1892, while her husband, Andrew, was chopped 11 times and left on the sofa, as if he was taking a summer nap.

    ''I don't get excited about blood and guts, or blood and brains in this case," he says. ''I want to get toward treating the family with respect and learn more about what happened. I keep calling it an American family tragedy."

    Besides preserving the scene of the crime, Woods wants to open a Starbucks coffee shop in the rear, hoping to attract customers after he demolishes the 1940s print shop next door, plants trees, creates parking, and puts up a new fence. ''Why? Because that's going to be the new Fall River main courthouse," he says, motioning toward a potential source of customers across the street.

    It's just an idea for now. But the possibility that this 1840s Greek Revival house, preserved amid so much change, might draw a purveyor of lattes and cappuccinos worries more than a few Lizzie Borden fans nationwide -- Bordenians, as they call themselves.


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    cass!! i just found this post!!(from june 22).. tell me it didn't happen!! i love the atmosphere of that legendary house...not a starbucks...is nothing sacred??? the house reeks vibes and feelings. even as a B&B...but not some coffee shop. oh heck...what's next? Ford's theater a macdonalds??

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