Still in Massachusetts, we headed to a small town called Fall River and booked into a Comfort Inn. There was only one thing that we wanted to do when we were in this town. I say “we”, but it was mainly for Stef.
When Stef was young, her mum taught her a nursery rhyme. It wasn’t a cute and friendly one such as baa baa black sheep. Nope. It was about a young girl called Lizzie Borden. And what did this young girl do? Obviously killed her step Mum and Dad. The method of kill? With an AXE! How sweet. The murder house was still standing and open to weirdoes, I mean visitors.
‘Lizzie Borden took an axe
And gave her mother forty whacks.
When she saw what she had done,
She gave her father forty-one.’
We drove to the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast and paid for our tickets. It looked a normal sized detached house. As we were waiting, people just kept coming in buying tickets. It was very popular. Being in America, there was gift shop, where you could buy t-shirts, magnets and even axes.
The clock struck 11 and it was time for our tour. As we were lead into the house, we went straight into the front room. No one had been killed there but our guide proceeded to tell us about the history of the house. Although there were some new items in the house, they had all been researched through photos of the crime scene. It was very bright in the house, which was a shame as I’m sure the darkness would have made it a lot scarier!
In the back room was a cabinet that housed the axe head that had the pleasure of saying hello to her parent’s brains and also some replica skulls showing the injuries. Each of the parents was hit at least 10 times each in the head. The dad died straight away after the first strike, however, the first hit on the mum just peeled her face off. Ouch.
We continued around the house and saw all the different rooms. It’s not just a death house; it’s also a hotel! If you wanted to, you could sleep in one of the murder rooms for the night. One of the rooms had a lone doll sitting on a chair in the corner of the room. It’s one of the most haunted houses in USA and to top it off, you have a creepy doll staring at you as you try to sleep! On Halloween and the anniversary of the murders, they run special nights that always sell out. They go full out with actors in costume!
Whilst we were there, we never encountered any ghosts, orbs or any other weird things. I even laid in the same spot where the dad was butchered in the hope his spirit would get angry. But I had no luck with that, just a good photo!
The last room in the house was the kitchen. There was nothing special about this room apart from the very old cooker. But next to the kitchen were the stairs leading to the basement. Although it was well lit, it still looked scary as hell. I was going to walk down there but sod that; Lizzie’s ghost could have been there with an axe to lop off my head!
Filling up with some more Dunkin’ Doughnut delights, we headed to Boston where we would be spending a few days.