If you live in America, you've likely heard the story of Lizzie Borden, a young woman from Massachusetts who allegedly killed her step mother and father with an old hatchet.
I've heard the story of the Borden Murders all my life, but some of the details that were left out leave the case in a whole new rather mysterious light. So, without further ado, here is all that we know about the curious case of the Borden Murders
THE CASE OF THE BORDEN MURDERS
often addressed as "Mrs. Borden." The sisters were convinced that Abby was only after their father for his money. After everyone in the house came down with a mysterious illness, Lizzie seemed convinced that Abby had attempted to poison their food.
Andrew was killed a bit later in the day as he napped on the family's couch. Reports say he had about 11 axe wounds. But who was the killer? If you've heard the story, you likely think it was Lizzie, but the truth is that no one was actually convicted. The truth behind the murders remain a mystery. But, police, neighbors, and close family friends have reason to believe it was Lizzie.
Because police had no concrete evidence pointing to Lizzie Borden as the murderer, they had to let her go. Lizzie and Emma inherited tons of money and land from their father's estate. They lived together for years following the murders, and nothing new was revealed in regards to the case. She died in 1927 at the age of 67 of pneumonia.
ALTERNATIVE KILLER POSSIBILITIES
Because there was really no solution found in the Borden murder case, several other theories have come into the light. Here they are:
- It was the maid, Bridget, who was perhaps sick of taking care of the Borden patriarch and his wife.
- It was Emma, Lizzie's sister, who hated her father for marrying Abby after their mother's death.
- It was John Morse, the family member who came to stay with the Bordens (who stayed in the room where Abby's limp body was found). Perhaps his motive was hope of stealing the Borden fortune.
- It was an illegitimate son of Andrew's who was angry that he wouldn't cash out on his father's fortune.
But, as you can see, nothing compares to the evidence that Lizzie killed her father and step mother out of anger and possibly to inherit all of the family money and property.
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THIS CASE
father was "so discourteous to people." Aside from his attitudes toward his fellow man, Andrew Borden was also wealthy and affluent, which would have given many a motive to kill him off.
- Lizzie changed her name from Elizabeth to Lisbeth and was ostracized by the community following the trial.
- Lizzie's lawyer kept a journal. In it, the lawyer revealed that Lizzie grieved terribly following her father's death.
- While many think Lizzie may have done it for the money, she already had nearly $1,000 in her own account at the bank, thanks to the stock she owned and the $2 a week her father gave her from his pocket money.
- Despite her dismissal from the crime, many people still speculate she did it. There have been several movies, documentaries, YouTube videos, and paranormal research shows made about Lizzie Borden and her family.
So, now that you know all of the facts surrounding the case, who do you think committed the crime? I'll be interested to read your responses!
In this series, I dive head first into research regarding a paranormal or supernatural being or occurrence, or just investigate some of the world’s most infamous stories and people. This week, I investigate the mysterious Bell Witch of Tennessee.
But Batts died before she could see her vow through in the land of the living. By 1817, the Bell Family started to have terrifying experiences, almost always centering around Betsy Bell, one of John and Lucy’s daughters.
The hauntings were typical: weird tapping noising, vague whispers in an unfamiliar voice, and even the sighting of a peculiar dog-rabbit hybrid. Everything was unexplainable and began to escalate. The tapping sounds became deafening pounds, and the whispers became clearer. One of John’s friends, James Johnston, lent an ear to the Bell Family and wanted to experience the phenomena himself. He and his wife spent the night and could clearly hear the voice of quoting scriptures and singing hymns.
Only a year after the happenings began, the whole community had heard word of the Bell Witch and, thinking the Bell’s themselves may have something to do with the hauntings, John Bell was excommunicated from his church. Although the official reason for his excommunication was the charge of usury over a slave trade, it is widely believed that the hauntings had more to do with it.
Suddenly, the horses could pull the wagon again. And the Bell Witch kept her promise. Due to the nightly visits and frequent attacks from the witch, Jackson cut his week-long stay short to escape her grasps.
Lucy, Bell’s wife, was warned that the witch would return in seven years, and she made good on that promise too. At that point, which was the last supposed appearance of the Bell Witch, she told John Bell, Jr. about the Civil War before it happened!
"One weekend, me and my family from Texas went to Adams, TN. We stopped by the old school to see what was there. My daughter and myself went into the ladies’ restroom. I heard a lady’s voice call my name, it was a soft whisper. Immediately, I turned and asked my daughter if she heard it and she said no. My sisters were walking toward the steps going upstairs, they both started saying they felt like someone was poking them." -Carolyn
"A couple of years ago, a group of people (I was in that group) went to the Bell Witch cave in Adams, TN. After touring the cave, our group was talking right outside of the opening. I then decided to walk ahead to our car. Well, while I was walking alone, I suddenly heard a woman's voice coming from behind me say in a loud whisper "Linda! Linda!". As I looked around to see who from the group was playing a trick on me, there was no one to be seen. You see, it's an open field going from the cave to the parking lot of this property. Very unexplainable and very unnerving and made me feel numb with shock!" -Linda Thornton, producer of the movie "The Bell Witch Haunting"
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