Lizzie Borden on Deadly Women, August 1

Lizzie Borden on Deadly Women, August 1

Investigation Discovery will premiere their 8th season at 9 pm on Friday, August 1, 2014, with an entire hour-long episode devoted to the Lizzie Borden case. The production company came to Fall River in October of last year to interview myself, Michael Martins, Dennis Binette, and Lee-Ann Wilbur about this unsolved case. The research team had…

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Lizzie Borden Books, Forthcoming and Now

Lizzie Borden Books, Forthcoming and Now

  Just in time for August 4th, a new non-fiction book on Lizzie Borden and the people that surround this most enigmatic of unsolved murder cases is being released this weekend. Lizzie Borden Resurrections: A history of the people surrounding the Borden case before, during, and after the trial is authored by Liz Whiz Sherry Chapman,…

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Harry E. Widdows (1939-2014) ~ With Sadness and with Sorrow

Harry E. Widdows (1939-2014) ~ With Sadness and with Sorrow

 He Is Not Dead I cannot say, and I will not say That he is dead. He is just away. With a cheery smile, and a wave of the hand, He has wandered into an unknown land And left us dreaming how very fair It needs must be, since he lingers there. And you—oh you,…

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Vandalism at Fall River’s Oak Grove Cemetery

Vandalism at Fall River’s Oak Grove Cemetery

On the 16th of April, on a tip from a fellow Fall River History Club member, I visited Oak Grove Cemetery and Sarah Cornell’s grave. I was told that Sarah’s stone had been knocked over and was lying flat on the ground. Indeed it was. But looking around I noticed a larger problem than one…

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Lizzie Borden Inspired Book Drive

Lizzie Borden Inspired Book Drive

In the “Most Unique Mention of Lizzie Borden” category we find an item from Pocatello, Idaho. A theatre company has produced a play about Lizzie and the murders titled Over The Fence: Hearsay, Hatchets, and Homicide while at the same time asking for donations of books for women in prison. The Old Town Actor’s Studio (OTAS)…

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Literary Hatchet #8 is available online and print

The latest issue of The Literary Hatchet has been published. Issue #8 is 108 pages in length and includes works by authors and writers worldwide. The Literary Hatchet is a tri-annual literary edition of The Hatchet: A Journal of Lizzie Borden & Victorian America. The Literary Hatchet publishes contemporary short fiction, poetry, prose, photography, cartoons, and…

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Lizzie Borden Events at the Raynham Public Library

Lizzie Borden Events at the Raynham Public Library

On Wednesday, April 2, 2014, I will be presenting a lecture titled “Lizzie Borden in Popular Culture” at the Raynham Public Library in Raynham, Massachusetts. The event is free and open to the public. Lecture begins at 1 PM. She’s everywhere! She’s everywhere!  

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Lizzie Borden on Church Secrets and Legends March 30

Lizzie Borden on Church Secrets and Legends March 30

This Sunday, March 30, 2014, at 10 PM, Travel Channel is opening their new season of Church Secrets and Legends with a look at Lizzie Borden and her association with the Central Congregational Church in Fall River. Here is a preview: This show’s hook is that the church is now cursed because the congregation shunned…

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Lizzie Borden’s Maplecroft: Preserved or Neglected?

Lizzie Borden’s Maplecroft: Preserved or Neglected?

When the current owner of Lizzie Borden’s Maplecroft, the home she purchased with her sister Emma Borden following her acquittal in 1893, bought the property in 1980 for the reduced price of $60,000, an article appeared in the local Fall River Herald News discussing the sale and offering a few details of the new owners,…

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Lizzie Borden’s Maplecroft Significant Price Drop

Lizzie Borden’s Maplecroft Significant Price Drop

Every year, around the August 4th anniversary of the murders of Andrew and Abby Borden, the current owner of Maplecroft, Lizzie Borden’s home on the hill (which she purchased with her sister Emma Borden following her acquittal of the murders), places his home on the market. Each time he has asked an outrageous price, starting…

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Bridget Sullivan makes the news in Ireland

Bridget Sullivan makes the news in Ireland

February 21, 2014 | Borden Buzz, Case Related | No Comments

The Borden maid, Bridget Sullivan, was the only other person who was present at the Borden house the day of the murders besides Miss Lizzie. Recently, IrishCentral.com ran an online piece on her. Imagine that, after all these years, Bridget still fascinates. If you would like to read the very latest research on Bridget Sullivan,…

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The Literary Hatchet is Now Accepting Submissions!

The Literary Hatchet is Now Accepting Submissions!

Thank you for your continued support of The Literary Hatchet, either as an author or one who has downloaded a free issue through the years! NEWS!! This year we are increasing our publication schedule to include THREE ISSUES! WE ARE AGAIN ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS FOR THE NEXT ISSUE OF THE LITERARY HATCHET! Publication Schedule for 2014:…

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Review to the Reviews of Lizzie Borden Took an Axe by Fiction Author Michael Brimbau

Review to the Reviews of Lizzie Borden Took an Axe by Fiction Author Michael Brimbau

It seems more appropriate, I think, to have a fiction writer give their take on the Lifetime network TV movie Lizzie Borden Took An Axe. Most historians hated the film for mostly historical reasons (I was not among them). Since this film is entertainment first, perhaps we can look to the fiction writer for their…

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Mock Lizzie Borden Trial on C-Span

Mock Lizzie Borden Trial on C-Span

This oldie but goodie, from September 16, 1997, and posted on C-SPAN. It cannot be embedded here, but you can go watch the 90 minute show here. Note the judges: William Rehnquist and Sandra Day O’Connor. This moot court concerned the case of Lizzie Borden, who in 1892 was accused of murdering her father and…

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Lizzie Borden Took an Axe in Fall River Event Reviewed

Lizzie Borden Took an Axe in Fall River Event Reviewed

My good friend Phil Devitt, editor of the Fall River Spirit, wrote a charming piece about the TapHouse Grille’s Lizzie Borden Took an Axe party that was held on January 25. We had a grand time, even though we couldn’t hear most of the dialogue. We were joined by Lizzie Borden historians Bill Pavao (former…

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