BORDEN WAS DEAD A FULL HOUR BEFORE HER
After His Wife Had Been Killed
TOOK GREAT RISKS AFTER THE FIRST CRIME
The Murderer Must Have Remained in the House Waiting for His Second Victim and in Constant Danger of Discovery
DETECTIVE HANSCOM'S INFLUENCE
He Has Been Employed by the Borden Family, and Is Believed to Have Caused the Police to Change Some of Their Plans
one thing there was news from
NOT SETTLED BY HILLARD'S DENIALS
this is one of the reports that cannot be authentically fathered and,
course, Chief of Police Hillard denies it.
He denies everything, but for all that it seems to rest on good
authority. Just as soon as the medical
examiner got the word, whatever it was, he sent quickly, with an
the cemetery, where the bodies are still in the receiving vault, and
organs which are supposed to be wanted for further tests.
It is quite certain that this would not have
been made in the stomach analyses. Yet
the police made no move, notwithstanding that the contingency that a
of poison has been supposed to have but one meaning, and it is very
who attempted to buy poison only the day before the murder.
is something strange about this. It is
notorious now that yesterday the police had made all their arrangements
first arrest in the case. It was
distinctly understood that after the family had returned from the
member of it who has been under suspicion since Thursday night should
into custody. For some reason this plan was abandoned.
Yesterday morning there appeared on the scene
Emory D. Hanscom of Boston, assistant manager of Pinkertons;
a family so situated may want of a private detective I cannot imagine,
there is a story that he exerted his influence to prevent their arrest,
that was the police changed their plan.
Hanscom's time is chiefly spent about the Mellen house in affable
with the newspaper men in whose affections he has made great progress,
anybody asks him what he is doing here he says he has come to fish, and
asked what he thinks of the case he has scarcely heard of it; only he
would be a shame to arrest any person without evidence enough to
by the way, exactly coincides with the present opinion of the tall and
Chief Hillard, when he is asked why he does not make a move in the
the suspicion seems to be so obvious. and the suspected persons are
fine opportunity for communication, if not for escape.
the weird story is working itself clear, without the aid of the police,
vast mass of inventions and lies that formerly clogged it. There was,
example, a fine circumstantial story let loose in the morning papers
"unknown man," famous in
inquiry disposes of this yarn. There was no such and the witness
say there was utterly denied summoned to say there was utterly denied
said anything of the kind. Then there
was also an interesting anecdote to the effect that when the Bordens
girl heard of the murder she said, "It was the Portugee," but it
appears that the servant girl said nothing of the kind, and there is no
"Portugee" known in this part of the world available for the
character of the murderer.
of quarrels with various persons, of unknown enemies and secret plots
readily been destroyed by application to Mr. Borden's acquaintances. Mr. Borden did not quarrel and it is
inconceivable that he had any secret enemy.
It might be interesting to know the source of all these
cloud more or less a clear view of what facts have been settled.
case no doubt is pretty dark, and yet I think the most puzzling thing
is to go to the house and examine the premises and then tell how the
could have been committed by an assassin who was able to make his
such a place. The old fashioned frame
house of the Bordens stands in the middle of a block on a street that
is half a
residence and half a business street and in the midst of almost the
next house on the south is twenty-four feet away. Both
have many windows opening upon the
VIEW ALL AROUND
is a small yard at the rear, surrounded by a high unbroken board fence
by barbed wire. On all sides are the yards of neighbors and houses. A
barn stands at one side of the Borden yard. It is not used now except
storehouse. The house is very old. On the north side there is an
into the kitchen and the sitting room, and a flight of stairs leading
second floor. The only other entrance is the front door opening from
street. These are the dry details. But they are necessary to understand
Borden owned a great deal of real estate, was president of a. savings
had other interests, and Thursday morning, as usual, went about town
after his affairs. All that is positively known about his taking off is
told. He started for home about have past ten. About a quarter-past
o'clock his servant girl ran over to Dr. Bowen. who lives just across
narrow street and told him, that her master had been murdered. Dr.
with the girl found Mr. Borden lying dead on the lounge in the sitting
his head mangled in the manner before described. A
few minutes afterward the body of the wife
was discovered in a room up stairs, the second one from the street on
of the house.
were two persons in or about the house at the time of the murder. These
Lizzie Borden, the second daughter, and the servant girl named
course their stories of what they observed should be of the greatest
some gratuitous additions what Lizzie Borden told the police was when
father came home he lay down in the sitting room and read his paper.
servant girl was upstairs. She herself went out to the barn to get some
sinkers to use on a fishing trip she was going to take.
She was gone about twenty minutes, and when
she came back found her father butchered.
She called to the servant girl, who brought Dr. Bowen. She heard nothing and saw nothing of the
murderer. The servant girl says she was
at work cleaning windows in the front room up stairs and she heard
until Miss Lizzie called her.
there are ascertained facts with which Miss Lizzie's story dos not fit. Supposing the murderer to have been somebody
who entered the house and then escaped form it after his bloody deed,
he get away! Not out of the front door, certainly, for then he would
seen by somebody in the passing throngs.
The only other exit was the back door.
But that is directly opposite a window in the adjoining house,
that window sat during all this time Mrs. Buffen the lady of the house,
says nobody went in or out of the door until the servant ran out on her
supposing the murderer to have got into the back yard unobserved by Mr.
he must then climb the high board fence and get over the barbed wire
being seen. And when he had done that he
would be in the yard of a neighbor, from which the only way out was
neighbor's house and windows and very front door upon a street almost
traveled as the one in front.
fence is covered with dust and shows no signs that anybody has climbed
barbed wire has not been disturbed nor torn anybody's clothing. Nobody was seen in Mr. Borden's nor any of
considerations are entirely aside from the fact that there was no
motive for the murder, Mr. Borden not being robbed, and nothing in the
being disturbed. There is still more to this. Neither the. servant girl
people in the adjacent house heard an outcry nor a sound of a struggle.
Borden was in fair health and Mrs. Borden was a robust, powerful woman.
Therefore, it is argued that either they must have been under the
drugs or their assailant was a person of whom they had no fear.
remarkable than this even the results of today's investigation
Medical Examiner Dolan that Mrs. Borden was killed at least an hour
husband. This appears from the statement of Dr. Bowen, that when he
Borden's body was warm and the blood was flowing, but Mrs. Borden's
cold and stiff. During the hour that
elapsed where was the murdered? He must.
have been concealed somewhere about the house. But it would have been
impossible for an outsider to know when Mr. Borden would come home. The
must therefore, have stayed upon the very scene or his first crime, not
what moment it might be discovered and he with it, though immediately
second murder he disappeared so amazingly that no one can guess bow he
first question Dr. Bowen asked of Lizzie when he reached Mr. Borden's
"Where is your mother?"
few minutes afterward Mrs. Borden's body was found up stairs. No trace
such note has been discovered anywhere about the house, and although
woman and child in
note would account for this strange omission if the note or any trace
could be found.
wounds on Mrs. Borden's bead offer a wide field for theorizing. First
struck a .straight blow in front of her forehead delivered either when
standing or when she reclined upon her back. This was with the edge of
hatchet. The other blows were along the aide of the head, and dealt
back of the hatchet. The body lay face downward on the floor six feet
bed. Yet the servant girl at work on the same floor did not hear it
did it get into that position! That is one of the puzzles for which
suggested an adequate solution.
hemorrhage was very small from both bodies. This was what started and
color to the idea that Mr. and Mrs. Borden had been poisoned before
butchered. Then it was discovered that the day of the murder a woman
said to be
Miss Lizzie Borden had tried to obtain prussic acid at a neighboring
store. Today I learned from a very fair sort of witness that on
almost the whole family became suddenly sick and that Mrs. Borden said
thought it was something in the food. This witness is John V. Morse,
brother of Mr. Borden 's first wife and an inmate of the house, who has
gone entirely free from suspicion notwithstanding it appears he was not
neighborhood at the time of the murder. I saw Mr. Morse at the Borden
this morning. He is a commonplace looking man, about forty years old,
lank, with a ragged beard and shallow, gray eyes.
has not been willing to say much for publication heretofore, but today
consented to tell the HERALD his full story. He said:—"I returned to
Morse'" I said, "it has been asserted that when Lizzie Borden was
away the week before the murder she went to
"That is not true," said Morse vehemently. "She did not see me. I didn't get any letters from her either, though I heard she was at
Mr. Morse admitted that there had been ill feeling between Mrs. Borden and her step-daughters but he would not discuss that matter further. Lizzie he said was a peculiar girl, often given to fits of sullenness. His statement about his whereabouts during the morning of the murder has been fully corroborated, and persons who were on the street car with him when he went home testified to that fact. Perhaps it was only Mr. Morse's furtive and unhappy manner when he talked that directed any suspicion toward him.
OPEN WAR ON
Borden household must have been a rather grim sort of a place. Mr.
himself, though perfectly respectable and upright was not particularly
cheerful, and between his wife and stepdaughters there was open war. The elder daughter, Emma, is described as of
a mild and gentle disposition, but there was little mildness about
seven years her junior.
Borden was worth half a million dollars, and, though penurious as a
inclined to be generous to his household. but Lizzie resented his
toward the stepmother. Her own mother died in giving birth to her and
been odd all her life. She grew up to be much of a recluse. She is far
homely, though not particularly handsome, but she never had a lover,
avoided the company of young men and has never gone into society. She
defenders, .who say she has an amiable disposition. The allegations to
contrary may be mere ill natured gossip.
thing is certain. She has wonderful self-possession. When with Dr.
stood by her father's body, when her mother was discovered murdered, at
time of the funeral, and on all other occasions since this story began
manifested, they say, almost unshaken calmness. She is a masculine
woman, with a strong, resolute, unsympathetic face. She is robustly
thirty three years old and of average height. Her voice has a peculiar
harshness. Her hair is brown ,and long, her eyes brown and steady. Her
self-possession is expressed in her looks. I do not think she it;
many things. She must know that she is under constant police espionage
suspicion, but there is nothing in her appearance to show that she is
about it. She declined today to make any statement about her case.
ALDERMAN AGAINST MAYOR
Mayor of Fall River is the real head of the police force, though at
direction of it is hampered by the opposition of a majority of the
Aldermen, who will not, confirm his appointments nor assist in his
present Mayor is Dr. Coughlin. He has taken as active an interest in
case as any detective here, and has formed his theory of the mystery,
not different from that held some other. Mayor Coughlin said tonight
inquest would probably begin on Tuesday, when he thought Professor
Harvard, who is making the analysis of the stomach, would make
Hayes distinguished himself tonight by suddenly reporting that on the
of the murder he had seen a man loitering about in front of the Borden
residence. He gave a sort of half description of the man. As nobody
him and Hayes did not explain why be had held back his information the
not regarded as greatly important.
the house was searched yesterday afternoon two hatchets and two axes
and taken to Police Headquarters. One of the hatchets was stained and
if an attempt might have been made to clean it. It was turned over to a
physician that the stains might, be analyzed. It was said this
experts had decided that the stains were blood.
of Police Hilliard denied that there was anything in this. He said that
people thought the stains were blood and some said they were only rust,
nobody could tell until a scientific test had been made. As to the fact
arrest had been made. Chief Hilliard said that the police were working
but surely, taking up one clew after another, and when they reached one
seemed to be upheld with testimony enough to convict they would make an
He predicted that would be within two or three
Excitement In police
high this evening when it was reported. that an unknown woman had been
murdered in a lonely spot in
At a late hour it is reported that the suspicions of blood spots on the hatchet in possession of the police are well founded and that there is every reason to believe that members of the family are directly accountable for the death of the two victims.