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Infamous Massachusetts house where Lizzie Borden’s parents were found murdered sells for $2million


The infamous ‘haunted’ Massachusetts home where Lizzie Borden’s father and stepmother were found hacked to death in 1892 has been sold for $2million and will continue to be run as a bed-and-breakfast for brave tourists. 

Borden was sensationally tried and found not guilty of her parents’ violent murders at the house in Fall River but, more than a century on from the grisly crimes, she continues to be the prime and only suspect in the slayings. 

The house, located at 230 2nd St. in Fall River, was listed for sale in January by The Seybouth Team at Century 21 and was able to be viewed by the curious as well as prospective buyers during open house tours. 

The infamous 'haunted' Massachusetts home where Lizzie Borden's father and stepmother were found bludgeoned to death in 1892 has been sold for $2million. Pictured: The room where Mrs Borden was found murdered

The infamous ‘haunted’ Massachusetts home where Lizzie Borden’s father and stepmother were found bludgeoned to death in 1892 has been sold for $2million. Pictured: The room where Mrs Borden was found murdered

The house in Fall River, where Lizzie was suspected of killing her parents with an ax, will be run by its new owner as a bed-and-breakfast for brave tourists

The house in Fall River, where Lizzie was suspected of killing her parents with an ax, will be run by its new owner as a bed-and-breakfast for brave tourists

The black sofa where Andrew Borden was found with ax wounds to his head and body in 1892

The black sofa where Andrew Borden was found with ax wounds to his head and body in 1892 

Another view of the room where Abby Borden was found murdered with ax wounds on August 4 1892

Another view of the room where Abby Borden was found murdered with ax wounds on August 4 1892

The house, located at 230 2nd St. in Fall River, was recently listed for sale in January by The Seybouth Team at Century 21 and was able to be viewed in open house tours

The house, located at 230 2nd St. in Fall River, was recently listed for sale in January by The Seybouth Team at Century 21 and was able to be viewed in open house tours

Lizzie was sensationally tried and found not guilty of her parents' violent murders but, more than a century on from the grisly crimes, she continues to be the prime and only suspect in the slayings

Lizzie was sensationally tried and found not guilty of her parents’ violent murders but, more than a century on from the grisly crimes, she continues to be the prime and only suspect in the slayings

Lizzie Borden, seen here a year after the killings, was acquitted for the murders of her parents

Lizzie Borden, seen here a year after the killings, was acquitted for the murders of her parents

The new owner, Lance Zaal, was one of those visitors and placed an offer for the house, which features eight-bedrooms.

‘It’s not official yet. We still have to go through closing,’ Zaal told Realtor. ‘It’s certainly a process. We’re buying the property as well as the business.’ 

The listing says the property is ‘an unbelievable opportunity to own and operate one of New England’s top tourist attractions’.  

The sprawling mansion boasts eight bedrooms, four bathrooms, and two walk-in closets while being nestled in under half an acre of land. 

The house was owned by Lizzie’s father Andrew Borden from 1874 to 1892, when he was found murdered with his second wife Abby.

It has been run as an B&B since 1996 and had provided overnight stays and house tours – which will continue under the new owner – albeit with a few changes.

All of the bedrooms have been given various names including the John Morse Guest room, where the body of Mrs Borden was found, and the Lizzie and Emma suite, where Lizzie and her sister Emma slept.

The new owner, Lance Zaal, was one of those visitors and placed an offer for the house, which features eight-bedrooms

The new owner, Lance Zaal, was one of those visitors and placed an offer for the house, which features eight-bedrooms

The listing says the property is 'an unbelievable opportunity to own and operate one of New England's top tourist attractions'

The listing says the property is ‘an unbelievable opportunity to own and operate one of New England’s top tourist attractions’

The house was owned by Lizzie's father Andrew Borden from 1874 to 1892, when he was found murdered with his second wife Abby

The house was owned by Lizzie’s father Andrew Borden from 1874 to 1892, when he was found murdered with his second wife Abby

One of the many sitting rooms in the house, which feature antique furniture and old family pictures

One of the many sitting rooms in the house, which feature antique furniture and old family pictures

This is a two-room suite on the second floor, which was Andrew and Abby Borden’s bedroom

This is a two-room suite on the second floor, which was Andrew and Abby Borden’s bedroom

The property features an exquisite fireplace in the room where Mr Borden was found murdered

The property features an exquisite fireplace in the room where Mr Borden was found murdered 

There is also an onsite library of books and videos relating to the Borden family, the murders, trial and aftermath.

The new home is fully furnished with period pieces including an old fireplace, items of clothing from the Borden family and exquisite furnishings such as the black sofa where Mr Borden was found slain. 

‘We’ll be adding several different events for both visitors and locals. We want this to be a place where people can kind of come in just to have a good time as well,’ Zaal said. 

‘We really want to give more people a reason to go there—so more activities and more events’.

The sprawling mansion boasts eight bedrooms, four bathrooms, and two walk-in closets while being nestled in under half an acre of land

The sprawling mansion boasts eight bedrooms, four bathrooms, and two walk-in closets while being nestled in under half an acre of land

The new home is fully furnished with period pieces including an old fireplace, items of clothing from the Borden family and exquisite furnishings

The new home is fully furnished with period pieces including an old fireplace, items of clothing from the Borden family and exquisite furnishings

One of the eight bedrooms featured in the house which some claim is haunted by ghosts since the 1892 murder

One of the eight bedrooms featured in the house which some claim is haunted by ghosts since the 1892 murder

Lizzie is suspected of murdering her father Andrew and stepmother Abby back in 1892. Pictured: The kitchen

 Lizzie is suspected of murdering her father Andrew and stepmother Abby back in 1892. Pictured: The kitchen

Lizzie (pictured in 1889) was sensationally tried and found not guilty of her parents' violent murders but, more than a century on from the grisly crimes, she continues to be the prime and only suspect in the slayings

Lizzie (pictured in 1889) was sensationally tried and found not guilty of her parents’ violent murders but, more than a century on from the grisly crimes, she continues to be the prime and only suspect in the slayings

Andrew's body was found on the living room couch, where he had been sleeping. His face was almost split in two from the violent ax attack (pictured the crime scene)

Andrew’s body was found on the living room couch, where he had been sleeping. His face was almost split in two from the violent ax attack (pictured the crime scene)

Those events could include, quite ironically, ax throwing, Victorian dinners, murder mystery evenings and escape rooms, he said.  

‘Just a couple of ax-throwing lanes, which would be a lot of fun,’ Zaal said. 

‘We’re going to look at producing an official Lizzie Borden ax — that we will provide for ax-throwing, and also to sell to guests.’ 

The property also features a gift shop where guests can hope to snap up pieces of American history.

Zaal hopes to introduce events such as ax throwing, Victorian dinners, murder mystery evenings and escape rooms. Pictured: The dining room at the property

Zaal hopes to introduce events such as ax throwing, Victorian dinners, murder mystery evenings and escape rooms. Pictured: The dining room at the property

The property has three bathrooms complete with old furnishings and busy wallpaper to bring guests back to the Victorian age

The property has three bathrooms complete with old furnishings and busy wallpaper to bring guests back to the Victorian age

All of the bedrooms have been given various names including the John Morse Guest room, where the body of Mrs Borden was found and the Lizzie and Emma suite where Lizzie and her sister Emma slept

All of the bedrooms have been given various names including the John Morse Guest room, where the body of Mrs Borden was found and the Lizzie and Emma suite where Lizzie and her sister Emma slept

Zaal revealed he stayed at the home for two nights and heard some strange noises.     

‘I did hear voices and I heard footsteps,’ he says. 

‘I was alone in the house in the second night, so I definitely had some things happen there, but I slept like a baby.’ 

The unsolved case of the Borden murders 

On the morning of August 4, 1892, Andrew Borden and his second wife Abby Borden were found murdered inside the home in Fall River, Massachusetts, they shared with adult daughters Lizzie and Emma.  

Lizzie was suspected of killing her father Andrew and her stepmother with an ax after the two very wealthy victims were found hacked to death. 

Lizzie was sensationally tried and found not guilty of her parents’ violent murders but, more than a century on from the grisly crimes, she continues to be the prime and only suspect in the slayings. 

Andrew’s body was found on the living room couch, where he had been sleeping, by Lizzie. His face almost split in two from the violent ax attack. 

Abby, who both Lizzie and Emma disliked, was found upstairs in a pool of blood.  

The Borden sisters, whose mother died when they were younger, called Abby ‘Mrs. Borden’ and were fearful that she and her family wanted to get their hands on Andrew’s money.

With both Andrew and Abby out the picture, Lizzie and Emma would inherit their father’s fortune.  

Lizzie, then 32, allegedly discovered her father’s body that morning and called for the housekeeper Bridget.   

As neighbors comforted Lizzie, the maid found her stepmother’s body in an upstairs guest bedroom. Both victims had died after being struck on the head with a hatchet.

Investigators determined that Abby was killed first.

Police officers called to the scene suspected Lizzie immediately but did not arrest her until a week later.

The net closed in on Lizzie when she was found to have burned a dress similar to the one she wore on the day of the murders in the week after her parents’ killings.

She claimed the dress had been covered in paint but prosecutors said she was burning the blood-stained dress to cover-up the murders. Prosecutors also said she had bought a small ax the day before. 

Lizzie had also attempted to buy cyanide the day before the murders and the family had mysteriously come down with food poisonings.   

She was also the first person on the scene of the murders and the only person, other than the housekeeper, in the home at the time. Emma was out of town when the murders took place. 

Lizzie was arrested and put on trial for double murder. 

The widely publicized trial began in New Bedford in June 1893 and gained national attention because during that time it was very uncommon for women to be accused of murder.

Lizzie was acquitted on June 20 after the jury deliberated for just 90 minutes.   

They were thought to have been swayed by the fact she was an active member of the local church while the police had refused to carry out fingerprint testing on the murder weapon found in the basement saying the technique was unreliable. 

No one else was ever suspected or taken into custody and the case went cold. 

Lizzie and her sister, Emma, inherited most of their frugal father’s wealth which would have been around $10million today. 

They lived the high life in Fall River, buying another property now known as Maplecroft in 1894 where they lived together for many years.   

Lizzie lived out her final days at the home, which is also up for sale for $890,000, until her death in 1927.    

However, despite her acquittal, the community continued to suspect Lizzie of the grisly murders and she was accused of shoplifting four years later. 

Her sister Emma moved out of the home in 1905 after the two once-close sisters fell out for unknown reasons and never spoke again.  

Lizzie died from pneumonia in 1927 and was buried in the family plot next to her parents. 



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