The Haunted Lizzie Borden House & Oak Grove Cemetery of Fall River, Massachusetts
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Lizzie Borden House Bed & Breakfast Museum
Coordinates: 41.698928°, -71.156196°
Location Address: 230 2nd Street, Fall River, Massachusetts
On August 4, 1892, Andrew and Abby Borden were found dead in their Fall River, Massachusetts house, leading to what later became one of the most infamous unsolved murder cases in American history. According to police reports, Andrew Borden was found dead in the downstairs sitting room after receiving eleven blows to the head with a sharp hatchet, and Mrs. Borden was found upstairs lying face down in a pool of blood. She was killed instantly after being hit in the head from the front with an ax and fell to the floor, at which point she was struck in the back of the head an additional seventeen times. Their daughter, Lizzie Borden, was put to trial for the two murders but was eventually acquitted on all charges. Despite popular misconceptions, Lizzie Borden was not immediately seen as a suspect in the murders, but she became a person of interest after giving several false and conflicting statements to the police. The Borden House was sold to a different owner after the murders, and eventually in 1996 the location was bought and opened as a tourist attraction called the Lizzie Borden House Bed & Breakfast. Guests staying at the Lizzie Borden House Bed & Breakfast often report encountering the spirit of an older man and woman, believed to be Mr. and Mrs. Borden. Others report hearing the disembodied sounds of a woman crying, as well as witnessing lights flickering, and electronic equipment being turned on and off by an unseen entity. Employees also report feeling a strange presence in the house, as well as experiencing sudden unexplained chills and cold spots.
Oak Grove Cemetery
Coordinates: 41.706377°, -71.136796°
Location Address: 765 Prospect Street, Fall River, Massachusetts
The historic Oak Grove Cemetery was established in 1855 as a burial ground for influential and upper-class citizens of Fall River and spans over 100 acres of land. The location is famously known for being the final resting place of Andrew and Abby Borden, who were found dead on August 4, 1892 after being brutally murdered with a hatchet. It is also the final resting place of their daughter, Lizzie Borden, who was accused of murdering Mr. and Mrs. Borden but was later found not guilty of the murders. The old cemetery is said to be haunted by the three members of the Borden family, whose restless spirits are allegedly seen by visitors. Paranormal investigators report witnessing strange glowing orbs just past the cemetery gates at night, as well as hearing the sounds of disembodied moans and cries. Others who visit the cemetery report feeling the presence of an unseen entity, as well as a dark energy that permeates the surrounding area. Oak Grove Cemetery was added to the National Register of Historic Places in February of 1983.
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Brian Weaver is the founder and creator of GhostQuest.net, one of the internet’s most comprehensive databases for haunted locations, urban legends, and folklore tales throughout the United States. He grew up in rural New England, where he attended college for Computer Science.