posted on October 30, 2018 by Ana Brazil

What happened after “Lizzie Borden took an axe”?

Even if you’ve never heard the famous rhyme about Lizzie Borden, I’m sure you’ve heard about her.

Lizzie Borden, c. 1890

In August 1892, Lizzie’s father and stepmother were brutally murdered in their house in Fall River, Massachusetts. The size and shape of the bloody chop marks on the bodies suggested that a large axe had been used.

Although Lizzie claimed that she was in the barn at the time of the murders, she was the very obvious suspect. And so Lizzie went to trial for the murder of her father and stepmother. To everyone’s surprise, she was acquitted. Even more surprisingly, after the trial, Lizzie lived another thirty-five years in Fall River.

But what happened to the formal two-story “murder” house at 92 Second Street in Fall River?

92 Second Street in Fall River

And just what happened to Andrew Borden after he was murdered?

Andrew Borden

Maybe my historic ghost story “Mr. Borden does not quite remem—” explains it all. It’s available just in time for Halloween in Kings River Life magazine. And it’s free!

And if you even suspect that your house—like the Borden House—is haunted, I recommend that you check out these haunted house tips from the Old House Journal.

 You’ll know once and for all if you’ve really got a ghost that is spending the afterlife drifting along your hallways, tapping on your bedroom door, or, even, sharpening the axes in your barn.

Happy Halloween to all!

Ana Brazil

Ana Brazil

A native of California, Ana Brazil lived in the south for many years. She earned her MA in American history from Florida State University and traveled her way through Mississippi as an architectural historian. Ana loves fried mullet, Greek Revival colonnades, and Miss Welty’s garden. She has a weakness for almost all things New Orleans. (Although she’s not sure just how it happened…but she favors bluegrass over jazz.) The Fanny Newcomb stories celebrate the tenacity, intelligence, and wisdom of the dozens of courageous and outrageous southern women that Ana is proud to call friends. Although Ana, her husband, and their dog Traveller live in the beautiful Oakland foothills, she is forever drawn to the lush mystique of New Orleans, where Fanny Newcomb and her friends are ever prepared to seek a certain justice.

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