The Lizzie Borden story has captured the general public’s consideration for over a century.
The axe murders have been immortalized in a schoolchildren’s rhyme that’s nonetheless recited many years later. The incident has been dramatized many occasions, with numerous takes, notably in current movies with the accused killer performed by Kristen Stewart and Christina Ricci (pictured above within the Lifetime authentic movie Lizzie Borden Took An Axe). However is it attainable extra than simply the story has endured? Might there be one thing else nonetheless hanging across the scene of the crime??
That type of curiosity is precisely what the proprietor of US Ghost Adventures is relying on — it’s the entire cause he bought the home the place all of it occurred!
First off, we have to make clear we’re not speaking about Zak Bagans, star of the ghost-hunting actuality present Ghost Adventures (and ex of Holly Madison), who has been recognized to buy haunted objects and actual property.
No, that is US Ghost Adventures, an organization which provides ghost excursions of supposedly haunted locations in over 33 cities round the USA. Proprietor Lance Zaal jumped on the probability to personal the authentic Fall River, Massachusetts residence the place “Lizzie Borden took an axe and gave her mom 40 whacks.”
The home went up on the market in January on the shockingly brutal value of $2 million bucks. Why a lot? It’s been a purposeful bed-and-breakfast vacationer attraction for the previous couple many years. And sure, individuals are satisfied it’s haunted. The truth is, one visitor on Journey Advisor rated it as “essentially the most haunted place that I’ve ever stayed.”
Zaal tells Realtor.com he plans to maintain the museum open for each day excursions and in a single day stays — solely he desires to ramp it up much more with axe-throwing actions and an official Lizzie Borden Axe patrons should buy (the sale comes full with rights to the mental property). He says:
“We’ll be including a number of completely different occasions for each guests and locals. We would like this to be a spot the place individuals can type of are available in simply to have a great time as effectively. We actually wish to give extra individuals a cause to go there—so extra actions and extra occasions.”
However with regards to the excursions, Zaal claims, his group don’t EVER embellish with pretend haunting tales:
“We don’t sensationalize something, we simply inform the story. We discuss concerning the historical past and the issues that occurred there, after which we discuss concerning the hauntings and the issues that folks expertise.”
What occurred there?
It was not Lizzie’s mom however her stepmother, Abby Borden, who was killed, alongside along with her father, Andrew Borden, on the evening of August 4, 1892. After Lizzie, then 32 years previous, gave unsatisfactory and typically contradictory statements to police, she was charged with the murders. Nonetheless, she was ultimately acquitted — leaving the killings technically unsolved for almost 130 years.
As for the home at 230 Second Avenue, effectively, it has its personal scary historical past over the previous century. Suzanne St. John, the realtor making the sale, advised Rolling Stone again in January even she has skilled some scary phenomena:
“I don’t go on the lookout for it — I’ll put it that approach. However I’ve undoubtedly had issues occur.”
As an illustration, St. John, who additionally works part-time as a tour information in the home, says she was portraying Bridget Sullivan, the Bordens’ live-in maid who was a witness within the trial towards Lizzie, throughout the annual re-enactment when one thing occurred:
“Hastily, I acquired a ache in my eye, and it begins watering and watering, and I’m like, ‘What the heck is happening?’”
However then a number of the different actors talked about having been poked within the eye by some unseen power.
“And that’s once I realized what it was: I acquired poked within the eye. I’ve had a number of experiences like that. It simply occurs. I don’t freak out about it.”
Both she’s extremely chill about being attacked by a ghost or she’s an extremely savvy actual property agent! LOLz!
However there have been loads of different accounts of individuals staying on the property and having spooky encounters, from articles all over the place from Nation Residing to The New York Instances. And sure, even the OTHER Ghost Adventures has finished an episode on the home, as has nearly each different ghost hunter present.
The query is, is the place actually haunted? The proprietor of US Ghost Adventures might hope so proper now… however watch out what you would like for, proper??
[Picture through Lifetime/YouTube.]