Mt. Rainier and Lenticular Clouds - Dec. 2008 copyright: JMM

August 24, 2012

Lizzie Borden Took an Axe, Gave her Mother Forty Whacks....

This angle of the house disturbs me.  It's like that creepy house that exists in sinister dreams.  I was hoping to achieve this look when I shot it.

Part of Lizzie's alibi was that she was in the barn, eating pears, because it was such a hot day.

Those aren't orbs, but sunlight dots.

Lizzie also claimed that she had been ironing her hankies in another part of the house at the time of the murders.

Those are photos of the shattered skulls of Andrew and Abby Borden (behind glass in a cabinet).

Lizzie was afforded many privileges while in jail in neighbouring New Bedford, including her own chef.  The jury deliberated an hour and acquitted her.

The furniture, carpets and wallpaper are replica pieces.  They had to use the crime photos to establish patterns.  Andrew was killed on a couch much like this one.

A photo of 'the handleless hatchet' found in the basement.  Tests revealed it had rust and cow hair on it, but it was still considered the 'suspected' murder weapon but it was never confirmed.

Crime scene photo of Andrew Borden with his head and face shattered.

And Michelle re-enacts Andrew's pose, but for the cell phone in  her hand and dramatic hand-to-forehead.


The Borden Coat of Arms is a lion holding an axe.

Looking upstairs at the 2nd and 3rd stories.


  1. So fascinating... so creepy .. and the house is so depressing. (I know, a lot of so's)
    Thanks so much for the tour JoJo - I'll probably never get there myself and now I don't have to. Thanks!

  2. there's still one more post coming with the rest of the house! :)

  3. looks like a rather peaceful place to be casually hacked to death - creepy tho

  4. What a creepy and utterly fantastic journey! :D You gals must have had so much fun (at least before the headaches set in) I always think stuff like this is exciting and weird, lucky you!


  5. I always enjoy popping over here and seeing your pictures! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Fascinating! Was she eating pears or ironing hankies while the murders took place? Couldn't she eat pears and iron at the same time? Clearly she was hacking her parents to death, but what lady like alibis!

    Thanks JoJo. I'm loving every minute of this :)

  7. Anonymous11:53 AM

    The only way you'd get me in there is if I was attached to Vincent!

  8. They have the actual skulls there? Or did I misunderstand? Yuck.

  9. No, the skulls aren't there, just photographs of them. I'm not sure where the skulls are.

  10. Where did you get the Borden coat of arms?

    1. It's on the wall of the Lizzie Borden House in Fall River, MA.