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Monday, October 31, 2011

The Perfect Topic For Halloween

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Lizzie Borden, of course. Video below the fold:

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Back in 2009, I wrote this lengthy post on the topic of Lizzie Borden at my former web site. A perfect topic for your Halloween reading!


  1. I recall that post. Fascinating!

    Did Lizzie do it? I think so, probably.

    One of the things I find most interesting is the early methods of crime scene photography.

  2. Now this is what I call a post! Great story.

  3. I've been to the Borden House. It IS creepy -- and much smaller than the photos make the house appear.

    My view: Lizzie did it -- with the help of the maid.

    I also believe that the murders were premeditated and that Emma, Lizzie's sister, knew in advance and consented. Emma was out of the house! For perhaps the only overnight trip she ever took by herself.

  4. Every time you post about Lizzie Borden, I respond with this:


  5. Mark,
    This morning, I read on the web that the Chad Mitchell Trio recently performed at the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast.

  6. You didn't sleep on the floor, did you? ;)

  7. I'd love to visit that house. AOW, you got me interested in this and I've already read two books on the case! Lizzie HAD to be involved -- there is just no way the crime could have been carried out undetected without it.

  8. That was interesting and creepy at the same time. Great Halloween post. "Sleep on the floor where the mother was found"...there sure are some nutty people around.

  9. Thersites,
    I've never spent a night in the Borden House. I admit it: I'd like to do so. But I'm not in the least interested in sleeping on the floor where Abby Borden lay dead.

  10. Stogie,
    It's a fascinating case. I have a whole bookcase of materials about the case. I think that I've explored all the theories, including the one about temporal lobe epilepsy.

    I can't help but believe that Lizzie had a good reason for her rage -- particularly her rage at her father. Money (inheritance) may have been involved, but in my view, money played a relatively small part in motivating Lizzie to do what she did.

    Back in 1985, when I asked the Florence Brigham, the old curator at the Fall River Historical Society, about the case, she said that Lizzie did it. When I asked about the possibility of incest in the household, her reply was "We didn't speak of such things in those days." Her body language told me that she believed that incest was involved. Miss Brigham had met Lizzie Borden and had nothing but good things to say about her. She might as well have said, "Old Man Borden had it coming."

  11. Only relatively recently did Fall River tap into the Lizzie mania and start making money off the crime. For nearly a century, Fall River was "too dignified" to exploit the event for money.


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