Located in Fall River, Massachusetts, Lizzie Bordens house, where she lived after being acquitted of murder charges, is now for sale.
The house is located at 306 French St. and has an asking price of $650,000, which is much, much higher than the city’s assessed worth of $313,200, though that price does not take into account the houses historical value.
Robert Dube has owned the property since 1980, when he bought it for $60,000. Dube attempted to subdivide the property and build a one-family home on the lot, but neighbors protested and Dube ceased the subdivision.
The home includes fourteen rooms, seven bedrooms, and two-and-a-half bathrooms. The real estate listing also describes two sunrooms, seven fireplaces, tin ceilings, a grant entry foyer, original parquet, and mahogany moldings.
This is not the same house where Lizzie Bordens parents were killed in August of 1892. That title is held by the house located on 92 Second St. in Fall River, Massachusetts.
Born on July 19th, 1860, Lizzie Borden was a New England resident who was accused of murdering her father and stepmother with an axe. Oddly enough, the murders, legal trial, and media attention caused Lizzie to become a pseudo celebrity, similar to our modern tabloids causing train wrecks like Charlie Sheen to become the center of attention. And now, thanks to whoever came up with the song all of those many years ago, we have this little jingle to remind us of the horrors of Lizzie Borden:
Lizzie Borden took an axe
And gave her mother forty whacks.
When she saw what she had done
She gave her father forty-one.
While some sources claim that the song was written by an anonymous writer to sell more newspapers, there are others that claim it was the anonymous Mother Goose. To be honest, though, the focus should not be on the song or the catchy lines about a woman murdering her family. We should be focusing on the truth behind this little limerick.
On August 4th, 1892, Lizzie Borden found the deceased body of her father, Andrew Borden. Sometime later in the day, the Borden’s maid found the body of Lizzie’s stepmother, which was located in a guest bedroom. Both Lizzie’s stepmother and father had been killed by a hatchet, with blows to the skull being the final kick into the afterlife.
While Lizzie was being questioned, her stories about finding the bodies were inconsistent and suspicious. Plus, Lizzie had a reason to kill her father Andrew was trying to split the family’s estate. Some days after the trial started, Lizzie tore apart a dress and burned it on the kitchen stove. This is believed to be the dress Lizzie was wearing when she killed her parents, but the evidence was gone and forever lost.
After an extensive investigation and trial, Lizzie Borden was acquitted of all charges. Because both of her parents were dead, her parents estate was split between herself and her sister, leaving both of them with great wealth.
Whether Lizzie Borden actually killed her parents or not, its too late to even speculate. But we did get a nice song out of it.