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Talking With Lizzie Borden

by C.A. Verstraete

Vogue Magazine has an interesting question-answer format it does called 73 Questions where it asks celebrities questions on video, while giving a glimpse of their home. It’s an interesting exercise, so I decided to share some questions I have for a famous person, namely Lizzie Borden. (And if you’re interested, Lizzie’s home, Maplecroft, which she bought after the trial ended in 1893, is up for sale. Interior photos can be found on Google or see http://www.insidethemagic.net/2017/09/lizzie-bordens-maplecroft-home-sale-fully-decorated-ready-ghost-hunting/.)

Why Lizzie? Well, if you could travel back in time wouldn’t you want to know the answer to that burning question: Did She or Didn’t She? (You can read more about the crime at my website, http://www.cverstraete.com/lizzie-borden-murders.html.)

Ironically, when she was on trial for the murders of her father, Andrew Borden, and stepmother, Abby Durfee Borden, Lizzie was portrayed as being far from a fashion doyenne, with one newspaper even calling her “a plain old maid.” (No matter what, that had to hurt.)

There have been some new insights into Lizzie’s character published by historians at the Fall River Historical Society, but other than the few letters and the still-enduring skipping rope rhyme that Lizzie Borden took an axe, mystery still surrounds the real persona of Lizzie Borden.

So, let’s see what she might say if interviewed…

* Eight Questions for Lizzie Borden *

1. ARE YOU AFRAID OF ANYTHING?

I used to be afraid of being alone. I’ve gone past that. I realize there are much worse things to be afraid of and that sometimes those really bad dreams can seep into real life.

2. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PASTIME?

I like to read, but I especially enjoy going to the theater. I would say it takes a special talent to be able to make words on a page come to life.

3. THAT LEADS ME TO ASK, WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE FAMOUS PERSON?

If I am still thinking of the theater, then I do admire the stage actress Nance O’Neil. She is a wonderful actress and also a very nice person.

4. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS THE GREATEST INVENTION OF YOUR TIME?

I admit I haven’t been keeping up with all the news. I’ve been staying away from newspapers lately, which was hard to do. I so like to be informed. If I had to pick one thing, it might be the telephone. Amazing thing that is, and so helpful.

5. THERE HAVE BEEN SOME HARSH THINGS WRITTEN AND SAID ABOUT YOU. WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?

I think no matter what I would say, people will think what they will, rightly or wrongly. I will say I’m not the person they make me out to be.

6. DO YOU HAVE ANY REGRETS?

That is an odd question. Don’t we all have something we regret?

7. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE ROOM AT HOME?

I do enjoy sitting out on my porch in the summer. It’s pleasant hearing the birds sing and sitting quietly with the dog, a good book in hand.

8. WHAT IS THE BEST GIFT YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED?

My freedom.

I think that’s as many questions as I’d like to answer now, if you please. Thank you for taking the time to talk with me. – Lizzie Borden


* C.A. (Christine) Verstraete is the author of the books, Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter and The Haunting of Dr. Bowen. Learn more at her website, http://cverstraete.com or visit her blog, http://girlzombieauthors.blogspot.com.