Lizzie Borden murder house sells for $2M, turned into tourist B&B

 Lizzie Borden murder house sells for $2M, turned into tourist B&B

Eggs, toast, crispy bacon — with a side of murder history? 

The supposedly haunted former home of Lizzie Borden, where both her parents were found axed to death in 1892, has been sold for $2 million and its new owner will keep it as an operational bed-and-breakfast for brave tourists.

The infamous residence in Fall River, Massachusetts, hit the market in January and was available for viewing during open house tours. 

One particular ghost-loving individual, Lance Zaal, liked what he saw during the tour and placed an offer. 

Zaal is now expected to be the new owner of the ghostly house in the coming months. 

The Lizzie Borden home is situated on 8,276 square-feet lot.
The Lizzie Borden home sits on an 8,276-square-foot lot.
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Andrew Borden suite.
The notorious Andrew Borden suite.
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The sitting room where Andrew Borden was found murdered.
The sitting room, on the second floor, where patriarch Andrew Borden was found axed to death.
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“It’s not official yet. We still have to go through closing,” Zaal told Realtor. “It’s certainly a process. We’re buying the property as well as the business.”

The B&B, which caters to brave guests and ghost story lovers alike, has been operating since the late 1990s, both for overnight stays and tours. But Zaal explained how he will be changing things up a bit. 

This is a two-room suite on the second floor, which was Andrew and Abby Borden’s bedroom and Abby Borden’s sewing room in the 1890’s. The sewing room is now a bedroom in this suite.
This is a two-room suite on the second floor, which was Andrew and Abby Borden’s bedroom and Abby Borden’s sewing room in the 1890s. The sewing room is now a bedroom in this suite.
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Another view of Andrew Borden's bedrooms.
Another view of Andrew Borden’s bedroom.
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The second-floor bedroom where Abby Borden was found murdered the morning of August 4, 1892. It was the same room the uncle of Lizzie and Emma Borden, John V. Morse, had slept in the night before the murders.
The second-floor bedroom where Abby Borden was found murdered the morning of Aug. 4, 1892. It was the same room the uncle of Lizzie and Emma Borden, John V. Morse, had slept in the night before the murders.
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“We’ll be adding several different events for both visitors and locals. We want this to be a place where people can kind of come in just to have a good time as well,” Zaal said of the home where Borden, who was 32 when she was accused of killing her parents with an ax, lived.

“We really want to give more people a reason to go there — so more activities and more events,” he added.

A sitting room located between the bedrooms.
A sitting room situated next to Lizzie Borden’s bedroom.
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Lizzie Borden's bedroom.
Lizzie Borden’s bedroom.
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This  is a two room suite on the second floor, which includes Lizzie and Emma Borden’s rooms. Emma’s room has a full size bed and Lizzie’s has a queen size bed. Shown here is Emma's room.
This is a two-room suite on the second floor, which includes Lizzie and Emma Borden’s rooms. Emma’s room has a full-size bed and Lizzie’s has a queen-size bed. Shown here is Emma’s room.
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One of eight bedrooms.
This is one of the third-floor rooms where the maid, Bridget Sullivan, better known as “Maggie,” resided in the Borden house. She and Lizzie Borden were the only two people in the house when Andrew and Abby were murdered. All third-floor rooms share a bathroom and have full-size beds.
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The events, Zaal explained, would incorporate some of the home’s murderous history into the mix. One such activity? Ax-throwing.

“Just a couple of ax-throwing lanes, which would be a lot of fun,” Zaal said. “We’re going to look at producing an official Lizzie Borden ax — that we will provide for ax-throwing, and also to sell to guests.”

Andrew Borden, father of Lizzie Borden, slain in his house in Fall River. Police forensic photograph, 1892.
Andrew Borden, father of Lizzie Borden, slain in his house in Fall River. Police forensic photograph, 1892.
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The suite where Lizzie’s father Andrew Borden was found murdered is on the second floor. It has its own private bathroom and is the most requested room at the inn — despite reports of ghosts and other unexplained phenomena that have caused guests to jump out of their beds during the night.

The other suite is the one that Lizzie and her sister, Emma, shared. It’s also on the second floor and shares a bathroom with another room.

The formal living room on the first floor.
The formal living room on the first floor.
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The den with a fireplace.
The den with a fireplace.
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One of four bathrooms located on the second floor.
One of four bathrooms on the second floor.
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Zaal explained his own scary experience staying the night in the home. 

“I did hear voices and I heard footsteps,” he said. “I was alone in the house on the second night, so I definitely had some things happen there, but I slept like a baby.”

The foyer in the main hallway.
The foyer in the main hallway.
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Pictures of Lizzie Borden with her step mother and father remain in the home.
Pictures of Lizzie Borden with her stepmother and father remain in the home.
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A piano was also left behind, once belonging to the Borden family.
A piano was also left behind, once belonging to the Borden family.
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Zaal noted that he has been interested in ghosts from a young age.

“I mean, I think I’ve always been interested in it,” he said. “I had an experience when I was a kid, both alone and then with my mom, that was pretty crazy. I’ve kind of been aware that there are weird, unexplained things.” 

Although there wasn’t enough evidence to convict Lizzie of the murders of her dad and her stepmother, many believe that she committed the crimes because she stood to benefit the most financially. 

One of Lizzie Borden's dresses is on display in the home.
One of Lizzie Borden’s dresses is on display in the home.
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Following her acquittal, Lizzie and her sister moved into a Venetian home, known as Maplecroft, which is on the market today for $890,000.

“I was really impressed with the staff at the house,” Zaal added. “A lot of the staff has been there for a long time. They’re very dedicated and they have a lot of passion for the house, and they really care about it. I am really excited to take it into the next decade.”

The formal dining room.
The formal dining room
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The kitchen.
The kitchen
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Another view of the rustic kitchen.
Another view of the rustic kitchen.
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Zaal says his goal is to entertain people, while honoring the legend of Lizzie Borden.

“We’re not a haunted house. We don’t jump out and scare people,” he said. “This is legitimate, real history. Things happened here.”