The Lizzie Borden House
It comes as no great surprise that the first "Trial of the Century," took place in Fall River, Massachusetts in 1893 (The next great trial being that of Richard Bruno Hauptmann in the Lindbergh kidnapping case in 1935).
The main antagonist in the unfolding multiple murder was a socialite named Lizzie Borden. Wikipedia describes the murders that took place as follows:
"On August 4, 1892, Andrew Borden had breakfast with his wife and made his usual rounds of the bank and post office, returning home about 10:45 a.m. The Bordens' maid, Bridget Sullivan, testified that she was in her third-floor room, resting from cleaning windows, when just before 11:10 a.m. she heard Lizzie call out to her from downstairs, "Maggie, come quick! Father's dead. Somebody came in and killed him." (Sullivan was sometimes called "Maggie", the name of an earlier maid.)
The outcome of the trial was an acquittal after only an hour and a half deliberation by an all male jury, whom according to curators at the Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast, the jury most likely felt that a woman was incapable of committing murder in this fashion.
On November 2nd, 2013, ExPERT Founder, Stacey Horton and Co-Founder, Steve Kulls, were departing from their Salem investigation and decided to visit the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast.
Upon arrival, one of the great curators allowed us to hang back from the tour group, long enough to do three to five minute EVP sessions while the tour group moves to the next session.
Not expecting to find much in the way of evidence, we were in the housekeeper's bedroom on the third floor, (which staff tells us, for some reason the third floor seems the most active) when we caught a single word, Class A, clear and concise EVP of an older female voice right after Stacey takes a photograph.
On a curious note the picture Stacey had taken at the time, was distorted for some unknown reason.
Upon our return home, we were quite shocked to get an unsolicited EVP, basically telling us to move it along!
We also visited the Oak Grove Cemetery, where the Bordens are buried, and the impact of what had occurred in 1892 slaps you in the face a bit.
The graves of the entire family are there, buried together as if nothing had occurred. Lizzie's sister Emma would eventually leave her sister's side and never speak to her again. Yet in this cemetery all their remains are all united.
ExPERT is planning on a return trip to the house for a full on investigation in the very near future.
Our thanks to the wonderful staff at the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast. See you soon!