Inn Cold Blood
At up to $200 a whack, the B & B and museum at 92 Second Street, where banker Andrew J. Borden, 69, and his second wife, Abby, 64, were butchered on Aug. 4, 1892, is about to open to guests yearning to spend a weekend at the scene of a notorious slaying in a town that, like the Bordens themselves, has seen better days. "We're not promoting the murders," says co-owner Martha McGinn, 42. "It's the mystery."
And mystery there is. Lizzie Borden, 32, was acquitted of the ax murders of her father and stepmother, yet since her death in 1927 a cloud of suspicion has hung over her name—and the curious continue to visit the scene.
Five years ago, McGinn and Ron Evans, 47, inherited the 14-room house from McGinn's grandmother. They thought of just opening a museum. But, says Evans, "why not give people an opportunity—if they dare—to spend the night?"
McGinn and Evans worked with police crime-scene photos to re-create the interior. To eat, there's everything from pears—which Lizzie said she was eating at the time of the crime—to hatchet-shaped cookies.
Just one word of advice: Never, ever order the chops.