The Lizzie Borden house, and the murders that had taken place there was a location and homicide I always wanted to investigate. The house was bigger than I expected and on a very busy street in Fall River, Massachusetts. The home was decorated in the same style during the time period that the murders took place (1892). The furniture in the home was an exact duplicate from the crime scene. The house was filled with photos of Lizzie, her parents & sister as well as crime scene photos.
Well enough about the house; the local people were very friendly to me, even after they found out I was a die hard GIANTS fan…Lol. The area had a lot of really good Portuguese restaurants and great service. But, man was it cold! We were right off the water near the border of Rhode Island, and it was very picturesque; I definitely want to go back when the weather is more appealing.
This investigation in the beginning seemed like a pretty open & shut case from what I had known about the murders, or should I say what I thought I knew. I was able to obtain several very quite interesting facts about the murders and interview people with vast knowledge of the case as well as Lizzie Borden herself. The people that knew about this case had very opposing opinions on whether Lizzie was guilty or not. I had my own opinion as to her guilt and what I thought was a motive. However, Amy brought something to the table that blew me away and made me reassure my beliefs; NEVER have tunnel vision when conducting an investigation. You guys have to watch this one and listen close; it will make you say, hmm. Till next time, stay safe.
It was impossible for me to put my biases aside! I grew up with this story, horrified and haunted by the graphic photos and the story that surrounded them! I had seen a documentary when I was very young and then watched the movie staring Elizabeth Montgomery, a descendent of Lizzie’s.
I always felt that she had done it, that she had murdered her step-mother upstairs, while she was making the bed and then killed her father who was sleeping on the couch in the living room. I had heard that the stepmother’s death had preceded the death of the father by a few hours.
I had also felt that her father had molested her and that they had developed some type of dysfunctional relationship, one in which Lizzie both hated and loved her father with the complexities of a daughter and lover and wife figure. Was possible that she committed the murders out of hatred for the father and jealousy of the mother in law?
With all of this information and knowledge I felt awful even doing the walk. I just kept saying to myself, just get what you get, but anytime I encountered a female I simply assumed it was she…
I could not extend past the time frame I thought it occurred in; I could not move forward and perceive anything else or anyone else that had ever inhabited the location. It was simply them and that was it! I felt stifled, stagnant and trapped! I did just say what I got, but in the back of my mind I was second-guessing, or thinking “well duh” and I knew I was putting up barriers. It was, in fact, one of the most difficult walks.
At the reveal, several interesting circumstances were revealed that I think shed a whole new light on the case. Do I think she did it? Yes, but there was someone else who pulled all the strings! Was she sick, yes, but there where underlying reasons as to why she turned out the way she did. I am not sympathizing with her, but there was more to this story than I personally realized and it made me see her in a bit of a different light. She was the pawn, who became a cohort, living in an extremely dysfunctional family environment. Brutality, lack of boundaries and physical pain was all she understood from the time she was born. There is the killer!
If you go and stay overnight, please protect yourself and tell all there to remain behind!