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You Can Now Own Lizzie Borden’s House

The Famed murder suspect’s former residence is on the market

Lizzie Borden remains the focus of one of the most infamous murders in American history. She was arrested for the 1892 axe murders of her father and stepmother in the family house in Fall River, Massachusetts. Although she was acquitted, she remains the most prominent suspect well over a century later. For those who enjoy the macabre, the house she moved into after gaining her freedom, nicknamed Maplecroft, was recently placed on the market and is available to whoever willing to meet the $890,000 asking price.

Andrew and Abby Borden were gruesomely murdered with an axe. It was so appalling and so brutal that it spawned a burst in popular culture, including nursery rhymes:

Conflicting evidence and Victorian ideals that precluded or skirted around more “delicate” information assisted in Borden’s acquittal. She remained in the same town for the remainder of her life, moving to Maplecroft from the family home with her sister Emma, despite the rumors and innuendo, before passing away in 1927 at the age of 66.

In the years since the crime, Borden has remained the primary suspect with a number of theories floated as to her motive. Her residence eventually became a museum and bed and breakfast, until now.

Maplecroft is now up for sale. At just under 4,000 square feet, the mansion has seven bedrooms, three-and-a-half bathrooms and six fireplaces, according to the listing on Zillow. Despite its age, it appears to be in impeccable condition because of the care it received due to the inordinate amount of interest the public has heaped upon it because of its well-known former owner. As an additional, incredible bonus, the house will come completely furnished with period-piece furniture and accouterments.

Not only did Borden die there but her wake occurred in the house as well. Perhaps not surprisingly, it has gained a reputation for paranormal activity over the years.

Few houses come with as much baggage and backstory as this one does. That being said, it is sure to generate strong interest and will continue to be maintain its dark reputation for years to come.

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