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    KS - The Bloody Benders, ghouls who killed for profit on the 1870s prairie

    Many areas have historical road markers; mine had the only one, as far as is known, devoted to a band of serial murderers.

    Good recent article, quite thorough, from kansas.com/Wichita Eagle:

    The Bloody Benders: 140-year-old crime scene still fascinates today
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    The field looks unremarkable now.

    But in the spring of 1873, on the frontier prairie where the field is now, the Benders lived in a little wood-sided house that doubled as a general store near the Osage Trail. When travelers arrived, someone in the house smashed their skulls from behind, slit their throats and took their money and possessions.

    The consensus was that the killer or killers used a canvas partition to hide behind and a trapdoor to help remove the bodies until they could be buried in what was supposed to be a vegetable plot and apple orchard.

    The investigators found eight or so bodies in the garden area, including that of a 7- or 8-year-old girl. By some accounts, bodies were found on the surrounding prairie. Some bodies couldn’t be identified. Most accounts put the number of victims at around a dozen, although some suspected the Benders of killing up to 21.
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    much more at the link

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    Interesting that it's rumored the posse actually caught up with the clan and secretly lynched them.
    This my opinion and to the best of my knowledge, that is, if I'm not joking.


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    Quote Originally Posted by STANDREID View Post
    Interesting that it's rumored the posse actually caught up with the clan and secretly lynched them.
    This is one of my favorite cases, I have 4 or 5 books on them. I don't believe they were lynched 'cause there would be no real reason to keep it secret. I think John and Kate killed Ma and Pa, stuck them on the buckboard, shot it up so the horses ran and lost the bodies along the way, then they moved on to the "territory". 'Course I could be wrong.

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    Yeah, this was my first true crime serial killer "crush," lol. It was just a few miles from my house.

    When I was a boy, at the crest of the steep rise up the cut between the mounds, a head-on collision killed eight people, all young; add those to the Benders' suspected 21 victims barely a quarter-mile away, and that's a spooky site in my home county.

    There was for years a Bender Museum, a recreation of their cabin/inn done to scale. It was a done thing to take the kiddies out to see the serial killers' stomping grounds!

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    There was a group like that in southwest Louisiana near the Sabine. Allegedly kept a basin to catch blood from slit throats. Near a major wagon train / horse trail route.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donamena View Post
    There was a group like that in southwest Louisiana near the Sabine. Allegedly kept a basin to catch blood from slit throats. Near a major wagon train / horse trail route.
    I couldn't find that one but did come across this little item from Louisiana's sordid past!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donamena View Post
    There was a group like that in southwest Louisiana near the Sabine. Allegedly kept a basin to catch blood from slit throats. Near a major wagon train / horse trail route.

    Do you have a link, or a name? I just love stuff like this.

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    cultofweird.com:

    The Bloody Benders

    old, weird America


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    Quote Originally Posted by wfgodot View Post
    cultofweird.com:

    The Bloody Benders

    old, weird America
    The only linked article including a reference to "accomplices."
    I stand with those taking a stand in Standing Rock.

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    Here, incidentally, is the Wiki page for Cherryvale; while articles related to the Bloody Benders are housed at a museum there, the cabin site was actually as close or closer to the very small towns of Thayer, to the northwest, Galesburg, to the northeast, and my hometown of Parsons, the only city of the three, to the east. (But little Cherryvale produced a huge silent film star, an important one, and a beloved comic actress from the early days of television. They're listed at the link above, as well.)



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