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

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  1. wfgodot

    wfgodot Former Member

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    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
    much more at the link
     
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    STANDREID A slacker when slacker wasn't cool

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    Interesting that it's rumored the posse actually caught up with the clan and secretly lynched them.
     
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    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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    I couldn't find that one but did come across this little item from Louisiana's sordid past!
     
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    Do you have a link, or a name? I just love stuff like this.
     
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    The only linked article including a reference to "accomplices."
     
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    wfgodot Former Member

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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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    wfgodot, I was reading about the bloody Benders just today, mostly on the Kansas Historical Society website. The articles you've linked add some interesting details.

    https://www.kshs.org/kansapedia/bender-knife/10106


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    Nice family. Uhhh. NOT.
     
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    Like Morehead, Ladore, Kansas, was also a going concern -- now gone -- in Neosho County at that time. It too had a rough reputation.
     
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    When I was growing up, way back in the 70s and 80s, I remember my parents having a book entitled "The Bloody Benders". One day when I was dusting the bookshelves I started reading it, got to a murder and thought, I'm not sure I'm old enough to be reading this!
     
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    This case has always puzzled me.

    Nowhere to be found in census records.

    They disappeared as quickly as they had appeared.

    Fifteen years later, another family (the Kellys) tried the same thing (killing visitors to their home)...and were rounded up and lynched. Kansas wasn't going to let another family get away with this type of serial murder!
     

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