The legend of Lizzie Borden House concerns a girl who went on trial for the brutal axe murder of her parents in 1892 in Fall River, Massachusetts. To this day, the story is shrouded in mystery.
“Lizzie Borden took an axe and gave her mother forty whacks. When she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one.” That’s how the old nursery rhyme goes.
Lizzie Borden’s mother and father were found dead in the house. Her mother’s corpse was lying on the floor of her bedroom and her father’s corpse was lying on the living room sofa. They had both been killed with a hatchet and police suspected that Lizzie Borden had murdered them in cold blood.
Lizzie’s behavior after the murders was very suspicious and she and the family maid were the only people home at the time of the horrific incident.
At the time, nobody could believe that a young woman would be so vicious and evil as to murder her own parents. Eventually, the prosecutors were unable to prove that Lizzie was guilty. She was acquitted and allowed to go free. The murders were never solved.
After the trial, Lizzie Borden and her sister moved to a new house called Maplecroft. The house where the murders occurred is now called the Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast Museum. Guests come from all over the country to sleep in the room where Mrs Borden was killed, but not all of them sleep peacefully.
Guests have had strange experiences in the house. Some have reported the sounds of a woman weeping and others claim to have seen a woman in Victorian clothing dusting the furniture and straightening the covers on the beds. Occasionally, this even happens when the guests are still in the bed.
Others have heard the sounds of footsteps going up and down the stairs and crossing back and forth on the floor above, even when the house is empty. Doors open and close on their own and the ghostly sounds of muffled conversations can be heard from inside vacant rooms.
One man was staying at the inn when he noticed that the bedclothes had moved and now resembled the curves of a human body. On the pillow, there was an indentation in the shape of a human head. However, when he looked again, the pillow had been plumped and the comforter looked freshly folded. He found out later that he was staying in the room where Mrs Borden had been murdered.
The Ghost Hunters “TAPS” team investigated the Lizzie Borden house for paranormal activity a few years ago.