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Lizzie Borden House –
|1)||Unfortunately, these killings were done in an era where sealing the crime scene wasn't done, and the killer or killers had plenty of time to dispose of bloody clothes, and other key pieces of hard evidence that would tie the killers to the murder.|
police perhaps should've stepped into the maid a little harder in
interrogation. The Borden family's maid, Bridget Maggie Sullivan
was a young Irish immigrant, with terrific hearing, and I bet she
could hear the murders taking place, as sound travels well in
Victorian houses, especially small ones. One could speculate that
she was paid off, not to tell what she knew. One possible scenario
- Perhaps she heard the sounds of Abby's vicious killing on the
second floor above the first floor where she was washing windows.
Sound travels in Victorian homes. If she did, she probably ran up
the stairs to see what had happened. After agreeing to keep her
mouth shut for money, she retreated to her third floor bedroom,
until Andrew was murdered also. She then did what the killer
advised her to do; go for help.
One source claims that years later, when Maggie thought she was on her deathbed, she summoned her best friend via a letter, asking her to come, so that Maggie could tell her a burdening secret about the Borden murders, as Maggie it seemed wanted to get something off her chest before she met her maker. When her friend arrived, Maggie was feeling much better, and thought better of revealing a truth, long kept hidden. She died without telling what she knew; perhaps damming evidence. She had to live with the guilt that she held back vital information, letting a killer/killers escape justice, and that she could've saved Andrew's life if she had just acted.
|3)||Failed to follow up on clues: After receiving a rather odd letter from William, that sort of confessed to the crime, the police didn't follow up and bring William in for questioning. William was probably seen as being mentally off-balanced, and was just trying to help Lizzie. He hung himself about 8 years after the trial, suggesting that mental illness got the better of him, or perhaps a guilty conscience?|
After spending 10 months in jail, Lizzie was freed after the acquittal. However, she was found guilty in the court of public opinion. The townspeople of Fall River believed she was the murderer, and shunned her. Lizzie and Emma received their full inheritance, because the new will had mysteriously disappeared. Lizzie and her sister Emma decided to rent out their family home, and move up to a more classy neighborhood, buying a mansion, that they called Maplecroft. They had no trouble living with-in their new wealth, instead of living a restricted life, way under their financial means.
Finally free from her father's tyrannical presence, Lizzie, who loved the arts, started to associate with people that her father wouldn't have tolerated; traveling artists and performers, inviting them to stay at Maplecroft and perform for her. This didn't sit well with Emma, who shared her father's views about the arts. After a huge fight with Lizzie, Emma forever broke ties with her sister, and moved to New Hampshire. Lizzie continued to live at Maplecroft until she died in 1927. Despite all the relationship issues and murder, the whole family, including Sarah, Andrew's first wife, and a child that had died, were buried together in the Borden plot in Oak Grove Cemetery.
In 1918, the Borden home, the place of unsolved crimes was sold to a private family. The house was used as a private family home throughout the years, living with the problem of lookie-loos, wanting to see the scene of the crime. Since 1948, this home had been in the McGinn Family line. When the McGinns inherited the Borden home from a grandmother, they decided to take advantage of people's curiosity. The McGinns renovated and restored the mansion to look just like it did when the Bordens lived there. They set the antique-era furniture up exactly the way it was on that infamous day in August. In 1996, they opened it up as Lizzie Borden Bed and breakfast, hoping to get members of the public to pay to stay and look around;Finding a way of making a long-time annoyance into a way of making a living. People were indeed ready to spend the night and learn about the murders.
The unintended consequence was that this change enticed the restless spirits to enter the living's realm of existence for the first time, politely making themselves known.
HISTORY OF MANIFESTATIONS:
The Lizzie Borden Home is the scene of grisly unsolved murders; hatchet killings of 70 year old Mr. Andrew Borden and his second wife, 64 year old Abby Borden. This infamous moment in history is the sole cause of 5 of the hauntings going on in this house.
People and animals who are brutally murdered and experience a painful end of life, have been known not to be able to let go of this world.
Before she was killed, Abby Borden had found their maid's cat in the basement, with its head hacked off. Perhaps someone was practicing for the main event.
The grisly hatchet murder of Mr. Andrew Borden and his second wife, Abby Borden was a bloody and horrific way to die. Their mangled bodies were discovered on the day of their murders, on August 4th, 1892. Adding insult to injury, I wonder how the Bordens feel that both Lizzie, their likely killer, and Emma, who must have known something, were buried in the family grave site next to them. Andrew and Abby must feel a little better now, as the probable theory on how they were murdered is now part of a house tour of their home, that has been restored and furnished just the way they had it.
Guilt for wrong doing and for life's mistakes can transform itself into an obsession, causing restlessness that keeps spirits in this world.
|1)||Lizzie's version of what happened is being severely tested in this world, and the afterlife world. She seems to be stuck in her own hell, trying to be sure that she got rid of all the evidence in the basement, becoming a burning obsession, now that the living are proclaiming her guilt and telling how they think she did it. The tour we took in 2010, the tour guide went through the scenario on how Lizzie killed her parents, as we were taken through each room.|
|2)||Huge life mistake would be: Experiencing a horrific incident, or knowing some vital information about it and not doing the right thing afterward, not having the character and courage to do so. The Borden's maid, Bridget Maggie Sullivan was a young Irish immigrant, in her twenties, who somehow had the funds to leave town, on a maid's salary, and relocate to Montana. HMMMMM. What did Maggie know and when did she know it?|
It seems that the Borden family and their maid, Bridget "Maggie" Sullivan are still in residence.
The entity of Mr. Andrew Borden: still seething that his life was so brutally taken from him. Finding some comfort that the living are bringing things to light.
Enjoys watching the activity in the home, and has started to answer evp questions.
Goes about his business, what he used to do while alive.
The entity of Mrs. Abby Borden
In the guest bedroom, now called The John Morse Room, an indentation of a body on the room's bed was discovered by a staff member, like someone had just laid on top of it, one month after renovations and refurnishing the home was complete.
Poignant cries are heard in here as well.
An older woman with gray hair has been seen happily puttering around the home, busy with her affairs. If she couldn't enjoy her life here while alive, now she can in the afterlife.
The entity of Lizzie Borden
An apparition of a woman, that looks like Lizzie has been seen down in the basement, looking around the basement, perhaps fervently being sure that she disposed of all the evidence.
The entity of Bridget "Maggie" Sullivan - Still trying to say what happened; the truth.
An evp recording, captured by D'Agostino: Horrified scream: "Ma'am come quick!!" (Did she find the body of Abby, Andrew or both?)
Cold spots are reported in Maggie's room.
An apparition of a woman dressed in maid's clothes is seen doing her chores around the house.
The entity of Maggie's cat
A disembodied cat's meow is heard.
This cat is still friendly, and rubs up against people it likes in the second and third floor bedrooms.
General Paranormal Occurrences:
Former owners, The McGinns, and present day owners of this stately, yet plain home had some experiences:
The lights had a mind of their own, turning on and off. The owners would be in a room, and in front of them, the wall switch would flick and turn on the lights.
When no one was upstairs on the second and third floors, the McGinns and their staff would hear the doors open and close, followed by footsteps.
Shadow people have been seen, especially on the staircase going down to the main hallway, and walking into the other parts of the house. Owners of the home have seen shadow people move around different parts of the house.
Sometimes staff and guests can feel someone brush against them on the stairs. and in various parts of the home.
A shadow of a woman, and an actual apparition that looks like Lizzie has been seen down in the basement by all the owners, the staff and some guests as well.
Disembodied voices have been heard as well.
Owner Leanne Wilbur felt the cold touch of a finger run down her back. When she quickly turned around, no one was visible.
Entities of two young children
Have been seen by the living, in various parts of the house.
Have been heard playing marbles.
Sometime in this home's history, two children drowned in the water cistern.
People and children who tragically drown, often stay in this world, not ready to accept their death, but stay where they felt most comfortable.
Photos of misty human forms have been taken in the living room, where Andrew Borden was hacked to death.
In 2007, a paranormal group member saw with her own eyes the second time it happened; The moving of the camera, that was turned toward them.
EVPs have been caught on recording devices.
EVPs of the entities of Lizzie and Bridget "Maggie" Sullivan were caught on digital recorders.
On an episode of Ghost Lab, the investigators got an interesting EVP. When asked the question, "Did Lizzie kill you for your money?" A male voice answered, "YOU GOT THAT RIGHT!"
In the YouTube video, what looks like the apparition of Andrew Borden is pointed out in a crime scene photo, located on the far left, looking at his body.
A big YES INDEED is in order.
It seems that the spirits are becoming more communicative, because of the encouragement of the owners and the living. All the attention being drawn to that horrible day in August has enticed the spirits to participate, perhaps to help the current owner, and get some peace in their restlessness.
HAUNTED PLACES: The National
By Dennis William Hauck
By Thomas D'Agostino
Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
Tour of Lizzie Borden's Bed and Breakfast - 2010
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