Lot 166: American woman (1860–1927) who was tried and acquitted in the 1892 axe murders of her father and stepmother in Fall River, Massachusetts. The saga ultimately become one of the most celebrated unsolved cases in the history of American crime. ALS signed "L. A. Borden," one page both sides, 3.75 x 6, no date. Letter to her neighbor James Kenney, in full: "The man who was anxious for the house lost his wife last night, and so does not wish to do anything about it at present. So if you want it at $600 and free house from Nov. 1 and move it this fall if you wish take it. I surely have given you your own terms now. I want you to let me know today please." In fine condition.After her acquittal in June of 1893, Lizzie Borden moved to Maplecroft, an enormous Victorian home at 306 French Street in Fall River's fashionable Highlands neighborhood. Already infamous and unwelcome, she did nothing to gain friends on her new street, frequently throwing loud and lavish parties into the early morning hours, and complaining about other residents' habits. She was especially antagonistic towards this letter's recipient, James Kenney, whose property abutted her own; in 1897 she purchased the lot on which he lived, forcing him to relocate his house shortly after. Autographically scarce, items written by the notorious American folk figure are difficult to find and always in demand.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 456
Wednesday, 15th July 2015
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