Borden Case Image Galleries


These fifteen galleries include images related to the Borden family, the Borden murder case of 1892, Fall River, Massachusetts, and the Victorian era in Fall River and the surrounding area.

Lizzie Borden Images


NOT Lizzie Borden Images

It boggles the mind how anyone could mistake these ladies for Lizzie Borden, but they have. Several have even been put up at auction as such. And others have been for sale on ebay. Since several books have been written in the past few years that include one of the images below and call her Lizzie Borden, a watermark is now included on each so as to not confuse would-be authors or publishers.


Lizzie Borden Case Artifacts

92 Second Street in 1892

The images below are a mix of original photographs and cropped versions to highlight certain areas of the house and property that is interesting. The images come from books on the case and collections that are in private hands.



92 Second Street After 1892

One of the reasons why the house where Andrew and Abby Borden were slain is still there and has not been torn down was because there was a business attached to the structure. In the 1940s, it was Kewpie Doll factory. Later, that building became the Leary Press. The current owners of the B&B demolished that structure and restored the grounds to grass. The images in this section come from many different places, including the early days of the Internet. The dates of the photos are estimated, and mostly assumed from the clothing styles or automobile make and model. If you find a mistake, please contact the webmaster and a correction will be made.


92 Second Street in its B&B Years

The Outside of the Property

92 Second Street opened as a bed and breakfast in 1996, after existing as a private residence in all of the years previously. These photos of the outside of 92 Second Street span many years. The tan color of the original B&B was replaced with a drab green in 2005, after the current owners (LeeAnn Wilbur and Donald Woods) had the Leary Press building demolished in April of that year. You can estimate the year of an image of the house by its color and by the signage outside.


The First Floor

The images in this collection were taken by John Clark in 2003 on his visit to the house and Stefani Koorey during various visits. We thank John and Stefani for their gracious contributions to this website.



The Second Floor

On the second floor of the Borden house is located the guest bedroom (also used as Lizzie and Emma’s sitting room), Lizzie and Emma’s bedrooms, and Andrew and Abby’s bedroom. As is quite common in Fall River, there are no hallways in this house. Each room opens onto another, necessitating locked doors for privacy’s sake.


The Third Floor

During 1892, the third floor was mostly used for storage and was the location of Bridget Sullivan’s room. It is now several bedrooms for guests.

Cover Art

The images below were collected over many years and are from many different sources. Some of the books, magazines, videos, and music CDs represented below are now out of print, but not impossible to obtain if you are patient. To do a book search for out of print or used titles use To purchase new copies of titles you might use,, or the Fall River Historical Society. You might also post a request on this web site in the Lizzie Borden Gift Shop section or join the Lizzie Borden Society Forum and post your request there as well. As always, if you have any images not on this page from the covers of books related to this case, we welcome them for inclusion in this gallery.


The Worst Fire in Fall River 

The “worst fire in Fall River’s history” began at 5:45 PM on February 2, 1928. A newspaper employee was the first to spot the blaze in the back of the Pocasset Mill. The old mill was being dismantled and the workmen had recently quit work for the day.

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Fall River Legend

Agnes George deMille – (1905-1993), choreographer, was born in New York City. DeMille’s career as a choreographer began in 1929 with The Black Crook. In 1943 she worked as choreographer for the landmark musical Oklahoma!, in which dance both added to the dramatic atmosphere and also, for the very first time in American theatrical history, was instrumental in advancing the story line of the play. In 1948, while working for the New York City Ballet Theatre, she created The Fall River Legend, a full-length ballet based on the murders of Andrew and Abby Borden, in which Lizzie is pegged as the culprit. deMille also choreographed One Touch of Venus (1943), Carousel (1945), Brigadoon (1947), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1949), Paint Your Wagon (1951), The Girl in Pink Tights (1954), and 110 in the Shade (1963). Among her several books was Lizzie Borden: A Dance of Death (1968), in which she detailed her investigation into the Borden murders of 1892 and explored her approach to the creation of the ballet based on the crimes. DeMille died in her home in New York City on October 7, 1993.

The following selection of images are of Nora Kaye, the ballerina who portrayed Lizzie Borden in deMille’s Fall River Tragedy. It appears that these striking photos were taken for publicity purposes in 1948.


Fall River Photographs



Fall River Postcards


Fall River Photolog

May 2003, by Sherry Chapman

This collection of images was taken by resident Borden hurmorist Sherry Chapman on her recent visit to Fall River to do research for her non-fiction book on the Borden murders. We are grateful she has allowed us to share them with you. I think you will see unique views of familiar landmarks and a few photographs of buildings related to the case and its characters that have not before been made public. Thank you Sherry!

92 Second Street


AJ Borden Building


Bristol County Registry of Deeds

Fall River Historical Society




The Borden Farmhouse in Swansea, MA, 2003



Maplecroft Through the Years


Nance O’Neil

Born, Oct 8, 1874 – Oakland, CA
Died, Feb 7, 1965 – Englewood, NJ

A major stage star who played Lady Macbeth, Hedda Gabler, and Camille, the tall (nearly six feet) Nance O’Neil was reportedly the lover of murderess Lizzie Borden [note: LB was acquitted of the murder of Andrew and Abby and her lesbian relationship with Nance is unsubstantiated]. A notorious spendthrift always in financial trouble, O’Neil was one of the first of her generation of actresses to embrace motion pictures. Signing with producer William Fox, she starred in a 1915 screen version of Leo Tolstoy’s The Kreutzer Sonata. Although receiving favorable reviews, the veteran star was somewhat upstaged by the colorful Theda Bara, and it was Bara who would become Fox’s major dramatic star, not the aging O’Neil. The latter continued to appear in films through 1917 — including playing the Czarina in The Fall of the Romanoffs — but moviegoers never truly warmed up to her and she returned to the stage. O’Neil was back in the new, audible Hollywood by 1929, supporting John Gilbert and Catherine Dale Owen in the ill-fated His Glorious Night. Neither Gilbert nor Owen had much future in sound films, but O’Neil lent her considerable presence to scores of early talkies, including appearing as the mother superior in Call of the Flesh, the Grand Mere in Their Mad Moment (1931), and unbilled as Mrs. Von Stael in Westward Passage. Nance O’Neil was briefly the wife of actor Alfred Hickman (1872-1931). ~ Hans J. Wollstein, All Movie Guide,



Oak Grove Cemetery, the Borden Graves

Oak Grove Cemetery, Fall River, Bristol County, Massachusetts. Lat: 41°42’24″N, Lon: 071°08’15″W

Oak Grove Cemetery in Fall River, Massachusetts, is the final resting place for the Borden family. Here are many images of the plots and grounds. Special thanks goes to John Clark for these marvelous photos.