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Bridget Sullivan in Later Years

Perhaps the most thrilling photo from Parallel Lives was that of Lizzie on her veranda at Maplecroft with her little dog. Now we have two photos of the Borden maid around the same age. Whereas Lizzie looks rested, prosperous and content in her photo, Bridget has a stern and careworn visage. Two elderly ladies- worlds apart in many ways, but sharing one extraordinary day in common- August 4, 1892.

Photo of Lizzie and her dog courtesy of the Fall River Herald News Online as seen in Parallel Lives by Michael Martins and Dennis Binette.

Photos reproduced here courtesy of Diana Porter, a relative of John Sullivan

Photo of Bridget Sullivan courtesy of Diana Porter attributed as coming from the Barbara Knightly Hockaway Collection

Marriage license courtesy of Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast Museum


  • Kate Lavender

    Bridget always said she was 26 at the trial and yet here is her marriage license that says she was 21 at the time of the murders. It seems to me that she was a bit of a criminal herself.

  • AliceW

    And what’s up with the two surnames? Did Bridget have another surname? Or was “Sullivan” a common name during the time. How odd her husband is Sullivan as well?

  • Barbara Toppe

    I find the entire mystery interesting. Out of curiosity, do you think that Lizzie did it? I don’t believe Lizzie killed her parents, however if she did, I think her parents deserved it, they were not kind people especially to Lizzie and Emma. My mother was alive and was about 10 years old when it happened and in Boston, she would always tell us that she remembered her mother (my grandmother) breaking down in tears when they heard what happened because she had met Lizzie’s father once. All very interesting. I’m wonder what young people today believe happened?

    • Anonymous

      Thats amazing. Your story is very cool. I think Lizzie was inocent. But i think she knew about it. Thanks for sharing.

    • Sioux

      I do you believe the father had many enemies. If he had abused his daughter at a young age sexually and mentally, I feel that Lizzy could have possibly committed the crime. Maybe she just snapped. Especially in those days when women had very few rights and had to keep emotions bottled up inside. The mind can break down for a period of time where you have no memory of anything. It’s a physiological way the body protects itself especially when you’re under extreme stress.
      Fear and threat of ones survival can make people act in very extreme ways- even murder.
      Lizzy seemed to have the most to lose

  • Anonymous

    I’m thinking Lizzie is “rested & content” because she was monied and had a very easy life; Bridget (or ladies like her) had to actually work for a living. Assuming I should continue reading b/c I don’t understand the comparison. Amazing photos–I’ve never seen either one of these before. Thanks for sharing them. PS: lol at the Wilfred Brimley comment.

  • Leslie A Brown

    Though “politically incorrect”, I can’t help but noticed Bridget’s husband with his “Mr. Happy” expression. Lizzie never married. Hmmm. Wonder if that made a difference?

  • Jo Anne Giovino

    You know “They” say there is no such thing as a coincidence. I find it rather eerie that we have a new picture of Lizzie as an elderly lady and now Bridget at about the same age. Coincidence….or a parallel life ????

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