Such a cute song to sing while jump-roping right? Truth be told, Abby Borden took about 19 chops and Andrew took about 15. Still that was one hell of a mess, huh?! I wonder if they called Ms. Evers to come back and clean up. 😉
As you may be able to tell in Andrew’s photo, his head was split right down the middle. Abby's head was chopped with such force that chunks of her skull were driven into the hardwood floor. Lizzie did SEEM to be the guilty party. For one thing, she was on the property. She claimed to be in the barn. Then, when she went back into the house, she found her parents hacked up. So tell me how Lizzie did not hear any screams while she was in the barn? For another, she kept changing her story, and she burnt the dress she was wearing that day. On the other hand, none of the hatchets found on the property had a single drop of human blood on them. One did have blood and hair, but police found it was from a cow. One was rusty and two were covered in dust. There's also the fact that Lizzie was a quite, demure, spinster Sunday School teacher, so this was mysterious indeed!
Andrew was a stick in the mud. He was a popular man but notoriously dour. He was on the board of several banks, was well off YET lived in a rinky-dink, two-story (with maid's room in the attic) frame house that didn't even have up-to-date commodities. The house was on land that had been in the family for generations (we will get to that in a moment) and wasn't far from the district he worked in. However, it was still in a poor neighborhood, and his two grown daughters who lived there with him argued over this continuously. You put me in one of those long-sleeved frocks in August with no 'ice chest', no fan... I'll leave it at that.
Now here's a 'Wait, WHAT???' tidbit for ya. Remember I said I would get back to the family's land? Well Lizzie's uncle and step-aunts (they kept dying on him *eyebrow raised*) lived in the house right next door to the famous Borden House (on the same land). After Lizzie's uncle had three children with his second wife Eliza, she threw her children down the cellar cistern (one managed to survive) and then slit her own throat with a razor!
The Borden Murders and the house are extremely popular among us ghost hunters and horror fans. Several ghost tracking shows have gone there to film including:
Two amazing women have played Lizzie for TV. In 1975, Elizabeth Montgomery gave a powerhouse performance in the TV movie The Legend of Lizzie Borden. Christina Ricci (you know one of our all time favorite Horror Queens) did an exceptional job playing Lizzie in Lifetime's 2015 miniseries The Lizzie Borden Chronicles.
Elizabeth Montgomery and Christina Ricci as Lizzie Borden
Nowadays the house is a Bed and Breakfast (B&B). It has been completely renovated to resemble the Victorian House as much as possible, including several saved pieces of furniture and photographs of the family. And every year, on the anniversary of the murders, there is a reenactment and tour.
So make sure to add this quaint little B&B to your Bucket List!