The Lizzie Borden House Ghost Hunt | Fall River, Massachusetts
The most haunted bed and breakfast in Massachusetts is also home to the most notorious unsolved murders in the country—the Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast in Fall River lures in guests and paranormal investigators from around the world who want to try a hand at solving the mystery from beyond the grave. Paranormal bloggers from Destination America and Biography as well as television programs such as Discovery Channel’s Ghost Lab and Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures and Dead Files have all been not only intrigued but terrified by what lurks in the dark corridors of the home. If the professional investigators are scared—are you willing to give it a go?
Price is per person and includes:
- Overnight Accommodation in the most haunted rooms at Lizzie Borden’s House,
- Price is per person based on a minimum of at least two guests per room (some rooms can accommodate more than 2),
- Ghost Hunting Vigils with exclusive access to the Lizzie Borden’s House,
- Complimentary Soda, Coffee and Snacks during Ghost Hunt,
- Hot Breakfast,
- All Room Taxes and Meal Gratuity Included
Back in August of 1892, Andrew and Abby Borden were attacked and brutally murdered in their home. Their daughter, Lizzie, was the only one on the premises other than their maid Bridget but all circumstantial evidence pointed towards Lizzie as being the wielder of the axe. Although she was tried and acquitted due to lack of physical evidence, many still believe that Lizzie killed her father and stepmother.
Andrew was hacked 11 times about the neck and face as he slept on the sofa in the parlor and Abby was found with 19 blows to the head in the guestroom upstairs. Both areas are extremely active, perhaps the deceased couple is still trying to receive justice by identifying their killer. But the Lizzie Borden murder wasn’t the only unthinkable crime to have taken place. Prior to Andrew taking up residence at the home a distant relative, Eliza Darling Borden, murdered two of her children by dropping them down the well before taking her own life by slitting her throat with her husband’s razor. Maybe Lizzie isn’t to blame for her supposed actions—maybe there are dark forces at work.
Covers being ripped from the bed of sleeping guests, objects being moved about the house, children laughing and playing, full-bodied apparitions of men, women and children, unaccounted for emotions of grief or aggression by guests, floors creaking when no one is walking or moving, footsteps on the above floors and stairs when no one else in the home, shadow figures, doors opening and closing, phantom smells such as floral cologne, lights turning on and off of their own volitions, EVPs (electronic voice phenomenon), and disembodied voices—the Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast has restless spirits that are yearning to be seen and heard!
Many believe that Andrew Borden is the male apparition that has been seen climbing the stairs and the shadow figure that lurks in the darkness of the parlor. He has been known to answer questions that are heard through EVPs in a rough and aggressive tone. For the most part, he ignores the living and goes about his daily life as he often ignored his own daughters, Lizzie and Emma. Another entity that has been identified by investigators is that of Abby Borden. The John Morse Room (the guestroom where she met her demise) has a strange occurrence that has been witnessed by several guests and investigators. The bed will show an indentation of a human body as if someone had just been lying on top of it even just after the staff members have made the bed. People have also heard the disembodied cries and moan of a female voice in this area. Not all the encounters with the spirit of Abby have been morose, there has also been an older, large woman with gray hair spotted gaily going about the home. Maybe there are times when she can forget the horrid way she died.
A full-bodied apparition that looks eerily like Lizzie Borden has been seen in the basement. That is where the 4 axes were discovered, one with a freshly broken handle and covered in ashes as if it were burned. Bridget, their maid, has also been seen. An EVP was captured of a woman screaming, “Ma’am come quick!” Who was being called and who was doing the calling?! There have also been sightings of a woman in maid’s attire doing her chores around the house. Does she know she’s passed on to the other side?
The apparition of a cat, meowing and the feeling of something brushing up against your legs is another report from the house. Perhaps it is Bridget’s cat that Abby Borden found beheaded in the basement not too long before she was murdered. Was Lizzie practicing with the cat or perhaps it points towards the symptoms of a sociopath that often begins with torturing animals.
The entities of two young children have also been captured on film and camera. EVPs of children laughing and playing as well as the disembodied giggles are a common occurrence at the home.
The Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast is an amazing location that will not disappoint, will you be ready to spend the night with the spirits of the longlost Borden family? Or maybe you’ll finally be the one to solve the crime!
4:00pm until 7:00pm
7:00pm until 9:00
9:00pm until 02:00am
Overnight Ghost Hunt
08:00am until 09:00am
Guests must vacate rooms
Your ghost hunt at Lizzie Borden’s House includes the following:
- Check In from 4pm,
- Overnight Accommodation,
- Ghost Hunting Vigils,
- Overnight Ghost Hunt with Ghost Hunts USA,
- Overnight Sleepover in The Haunted Rooms,
- Use of our equipment which includes, trigger objects and EMF Readers,
- Free time to explore this location and to undertake your very own private vigils,
- Unlimited Refreshments, Including: Coffee, Coca-Cola, Diet Coke and Bottle Water
Lizzie Borden took an axe
And gave her mother forty whacks.
And when she saw what she had done,
She gave her father forty-one.
August 4, 1892 would forever be a day etched into the minds of not only the people of Fall River, Massachusetts, but of folks around the world. The morning began as many other mornings in the Borden household. The young Irish immigrant maid, Bridget Sullivan, woke early to prepare breakfast for the Bordens and their houseguest, John Morse. Mr. Morse was the brother of Andrew Borden’s first wife, Sarah, and he often came to stay at the Borden home to conduct business in Fall River.
After breakfasting with Andrew and Abby Borden, John left the house to visit with a niece and nephew. It was at this time that the only other person in the house, Lizzie Borden, came downstairs refusing breakfast only having coffee and a cookie. This did not seem out of the ordinary seeing how both Andrew and Abby had been suffering from a stomach bug recently, but this would be seen as odd and possibly malevolent after the day’s events transpired.
The daily routine commenced as Andrew left the home to travel downtown; Abby went upstairs to make up the guestroom where John was staying after asking Bridget to wash the windows. Bridget accounted for her time recalling the gathering of pails of water and even taking a moment to speak with the next-door-neighbors’ maid. It was around 10:30am that she finished the outside windows and proceeded to clean the inside around the time that Andrew returned home.
Due to a robbery that had occurred, the Bordens were very particular and somewhat peculiar about locking not only doors that passed outside but even a few rooms within their home. That was why it required Bridget to unlock three locks to allow him back inside. Andrew was met by Lizzie who informed him that Mrs. Borden had left after receiving a note for her to tend to someone who was ill.
He retrieved the key for his bedroom from the kitchen, went upstairs for a moment then retired to sitting room and lying down on the sofa. Bridget was not immune to the illness that had been circulating throughout the Borden home, so feeling ill with stomach issues so she went up to her room and quickly fell asleep.
All still seemed somewhat ordinary until Bridget was suddenly awakened by the shrill and desperate cries of Lizzie Borden. She called for the young maid saying that someone had come into the house and killed her father. Lizzie claimed to have been out in the yard when she heard a groan and noted that the screen to the porch was wide open. She sent Bridget across the street to fetch their family friend, Dr. Bowen and then down the street to gather Alice Russell.
By this time, the neighbors were gathering on the lawn attempting to console Lizzie and sneak a peek of the gruesome crime scene. When asked of her whereabouts when the murder was committed, Lizzie told a neighbor that she had been in the barn looking for iron. It was only then that someone asked about Abby. Lizzie repeated the story she had told her father but eerily added, “but I don’t know but that she is killed too, for I thought I heard her come in…Father must have an enemy, for we have all been sick, and we think the milk has been poisoned,” according to the testimony given by Adelaide B. Churchill in the trial that would follow.
Dr. Bowen examined the body and declared that Andrew had been attacked with a sharp object that was mostly likely an axe. Mr. Borden’s head and neck were mutilated with about 11 blows that left him a bloody heap. Lizzie insisted to all that would listen that she had heard her stepmother come home so she sent Bridget with Mrs. Churchill to see if Abby was upstairs. They found Mrs. Borden kneeling in a pool of blood in the guestroom having received 18 blows to the head probably with the same instrument used to kill Mr. Borden. Dr. Bowen concluded that due to the coloring and texture of the blood that it was most likely that Abby had been killed first. Lizzie’s sister, Emma Borden, was off visiting friends so a telegram was sent to her to come home immediately.
A few strange circumstances likely impeded the case. The call to the police was made on a day when the Fall River Police Department was attending their annual picnic therefore only one officer responded to the scene. No one was left to watch the crime scene so the gathering neighbors were milling through the house and the yard unknowingly destroying any evidence that may have been gathered. Once the investigation began, the police were loath to believe that Lizzie or any woman would be capable of such a crime but dead-end leads that pointed towards other suspects and mounting circumstantial evidence slowly changed their minds.
Eli Bence, a clerk at the local drug store, claimed that Lizzie had attempted to purchase prussic acid to kill moths but he refused to sell it to her without a prescription. Family friend, Alice Russell reported that Lizzie had visited her the night before the murders in fear for the livelihood and wellbeing of her family. Lizzie supposedly explained that her father had such enemies that she was certain something horrible would befall the Borden household. And the proverbial nail to the coffin was when Alice claimed to have walked in on Lizzie burning a dress in the kitchen stove. Although Lizzie explained to her that it was destroyed by paint, the fact that it could have been the bloody clothes she wore when murdering her stepmother and father was enough to incite an arrest and she was charged with three murders – the murder of Andrew Borden, the murder of Alice Borden and the murders of Alice and Andrew Borden.
After entering a plea of “not guilty,” Lizzie was taken to the Taunton Jail until she stood trial on June 5, 1893. The trial lasted 14 days and was a media sensation that swept the country. The young heiress who allegedly murdered her father and stepmother in cold blood had attracted the attention of reporters from New York, Boston and across the country. The Attorney General of Massachusetts received such pushback from women’s groups and activists as well as religious organizations that he assigned the District Attorney of Fall River to the case. It was, after all, an election year and no one wanted to dirty their hands with such bloody business.
There was motive for Lizzie being the perpetrator. She and Emma stood to inherit Andrew’s $500,000 estate and whether or not the rumors of Andrew wanting to change his will so the daughters received little and Abby received the bulk of the wealth were true—the knowledge that Andrew ran a very frugal household even at the expense of his spinster daughters was well documented. In the end, there simply was not sufficient evidence to convict Lizzie of the crime and she was found not guilty and returned home to the Borden house to live with her sister. After the two came into their father’s wealth, they bought a home in the most posh corner of town and lived together until Emma abruptly moved out around 1904. Did the two sisters quarrel over the shoplifting incident of Lizzie in 1897 when she stole paintings from a store in Fall River? Or perhaps the falling out was over the supposed lurid affair between Lizzie and the young actress Nance O’Neil?
Even further speculation might lead one to believe that the two girls had conspired to bring the demise of their father and stepmother and that after years of living with the guilt and blame they had their final row.
The house still stands today as the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast where guests can dine and even sleep in the rooms where the murders occurred. All would be well and good if the spirits were at peace, but there are still things that lurk in the corners and whisper in the silence. Are Andrew and Abby looking for the unknown killers or perhaps you should watch your back because it may be Lizzie tiptoeing up behind you looking to give you a whack!
The Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast has been restored to its original state and as an historic building several rooms are connected and share a bathroom on the first and second floor which will be indicated in the room descriptions below:
1 Full Bed. Can sleep up to 3 guests with a rollaway cot.
The Abby Borden Room
This room is connected to the Andrew Borden Room and shares a bathroom. In its original state, this room was used as Abby’s dressing room and Andrew’s home office. As Lizzie and Emma’s stepmother there are different accounts to the strain on the relationship between the three. By many accounts, she was a large woman that supposedly showed very little affection. Others say she was a generous and kind woman. Either way, she found herself a victim that dreadful morning on the bedroom floor of the John Morse Room.
1 Queen Bed. Can sleep up to 3 guests with a rollaway cot.
The Bridget Sullivan Room
This room shares a bathroom with the Andrew Jennings and Hosea Knowlton Rooms. Bridget was the only other person about the day of the double homicide but she claimed to be washing the windows outside at the time of Abby Borden’s death and upstairs asleep when Andrew met his demise. Was the maid in on everything? She did up and leave to resettle in Montana after the murders which isn’t something one could afford on any salary she would have received.
1 Full Bed. Can Sleep up to 3 guests with a rollaway cot.
The Andrew Jennings Room
This room shares a bathroom with the Bridget Sullivan and Hosea Knowlton Rooms. Having represented Andrew Borden for many years, Jennings immediately took up the case of Lizzie when accused of her father and stepmother’s death. His main appeal to the jury was based on his own fondness for the Borden family and the close relationship between Lizzie and her father. He also made certain to point out her affiliations with the church and charities as a testimony to her character.
1 Full Bed. Can sleep up to 3 guests with a rollaway bed.
The Hosea Knowlton Room
This room shares a bathroom with the Bridget Sullivan and Andrew Jennings Rooms. Hosea Knowlton had the great misfortune of being the District Attorney of Fall River that was assigned the infamous Lizzie Borden case by his superiors that were filling the heat of the womens’ and religious organization in an election year. Even though he was unable to gain a conviction due to the lack of physical evidence in this trial, he did go on to beat the Attorney General that gave him the case in the next election.
1 Full Bed. Can sleep up to 3 guests with a rollaway bed.