TLC’s Kindred Spirits Takes a Whack at Lizzie Borden’s Ghost

Amy Bruni and Adam Berry go knocking at Lizzie Borden’s house for TLC’s Kindred Spirits.

Ghost hunters Amy Bruni and Adam Berry will “investigate one of America’s most infamous crime scenes” when TLC’s Kindred Spirits season 2 premiere explores “The Legacy of Lizzie Borden.”

“There is a spiritual battle taking place,” the Kindred Spirits trailer reveals. There are a “whole lot of dead people around” the tour guide who reached out to the paranormal investigators because she “fears for her life.”

On the show, Bruni and Berry try to help “real people tormented by paranormal activity in their homes” who are “scared by the mysterious happenings, but hesitant to pick up and leave.”  The two leading paranormal investigators “capture evidence, help families overcome their fear, take back their homes, and reclaim their lives.”

The Lizzie Borden House in Fall River, Mass., enjoys the dubious distinction of being one of the most haunted places in America. The house was a private residence before it became a celebrated murder scene. It is now museum and Bed and Breakfast. Paranormal teams have “confirmed that the ghosts of the home’s original occupants still linger,” according to the press release.

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Amy and Adam launch into one of their most harrowing investigations yet, but not to find the Borden family ghosts. Their unique goal is to help Sue, a tour guide, who believes her grandparents’ spirits are in the house trying to protect her from impending tragedy. Amy and Adam, aided by psychic Chip Coffey, ultimately call upon the ghosts of the Bordens to help them uncover the truth. Do they get more than they bargained for?

You can watch the trailer here:

The records say Borden found her father dead on a sofa on August 4, 1892. He had been killed with an axe while he was asleep. When the police searched the Borden residence they found Abby, also killed with an axe. The nursery rhyme took some license with the numbers to fit the cadence. Andrew Borden was whacked only 10 times. Abby Borden, Lizzy’s stepmother, sustained 19 blows from the axe.

Lizzie Borden’s biological mother died when she was toddler. Three years later, her father Andrew married Abby Durfee Gray, and they raised Lizzie and her sister Emma in what would now be called a dysfunctional environment. The sisters lived with their parents into adulthood. According to reports, Lizzie and her sister never completely accepted Gray as their mother, believing she was only interested in their father’s money.  

Emma was out of town during the killing. Borden denied having anything to do with the crime, but investigators noted her odd demeanor. The police questioned why Lizzie burned a dress she was wearing that morning. Lizzie Borden said burned the dress because it was covered in paint. The cops though it might have been covered in blood. Elizabeth Montgomery, the legendary Salem witch Samantha from Bewitched, did the crime naked and showered off the blood in the 1975 TV movie The Legend of Lizzie Borden.

Lizzie was indicted for the murders. The violence of the crime propelled the story into headlines across the country and the courtroom drama was the Jodi Arias trial of its day. Because there was little conclusive evidence, Lizzie Andrew Borden was never convicted and case was never solved.

Lizzie was ostracized in her home town, but lived in Fall River until her death of pneumonia in 1927.

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Christina Ricci played the title role in Lizzie Borden Took an Axe.

TLC’s Kindred Spirits season 2 premiere will explore “The Legacy of Lizzie Borden” on Friday, September 15 at 9 p.m. Eastern Time.