Shivering Overnight in the Home of an Ax Murderer in Fall River, MA
Replicas of Andrew and Abby Borden's skulls—or what's left of them—are displayed daintily, like china, in the dining room curio cabinet of Lizzie Borden's old house, now a bed and breakfast. After taking a "timeline" tour of the murders, something possessed me, and I decided to stay overnight. Owner Lee Ann Wilber offered to put me up in the bedroom where Abby was axed to death—a crime-scene photo displayed conspicuously on the wall. It’s a charming room, actually, with a beautiful carved bed, cream-colored crocheted bedspread and Victorian knickknacks. I just couldn’t get past that bloody snapshot. I opted instead for Lizzie’s room, an equally attractive space as B&B rooms go, because, honestly, I’d rather be where the murderer slept than where the killing occurred. But that’s just me—apparently the murder room is highly sought after, as evidenced by an annual Ebay auction for the anniversary of the night the killings occurred (usually going for around $1,000).