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    The Bloody Benders, America's First Serial Killers | Mental Floss

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    The Bender house where the Bender family murdered and buried their victims, Labette County, Kansas, 1873. Really creepy story.

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The Bloody Benders were a family of serial killers who owned an inn and small general store in Labette County of southeastern Kansas from 1871 to 1873. The family consisted of John Bender, his wife Mrs. Bender (later referred to as Kate, Sr., since no one knew her given name), son John, Jr., and daughter Kate. While Bender mythology holds that John and Kate were brother and sister, contemporary newspapers reported that several of the Benders' neighbors have stated that they cla

The Bloody Benders were an alleged family of serial killers who owned a small general store and inn in Osage township, Labette County, Kansas from 1871 to 1873.

Murder Most Foul, The ghoulish tale of a family of serial killers known as the "Bloody Benders". Innkeepers who murdered their guests to steal their belongings. They would seat them with their backs to a draped doorway. A member of the family would bash in their brains with a hammer, then slit their victims throat after they fell to the floor. More then a dozen men, women, & children lost their lives, and were found in mass graves days after the Bender's escaped, never to be brought to justice.

"Greek murder." July 1920. Two victims of a bloody altercation involving a hatchet and revolver that left three people dead in a rooming house at 809 Ninth Street in Washington.

Old School House by dpinkston (Derek), via Flickr

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Capote: The Clutter house, Holcomb, Kansas "As soon as I get out on parole, I'm going to find me some transportation, get a hold of Smith and go to the Clutters' and see if there's still $10,000 in their damned safe" Dick Hickcock - In Cold Blood - (Truman Capote).

A family, possibly that of William Bonner, is posed around a table in a yard. Behind them is a man with a horse and behind him a large Victorian brick house with rounded windows, curved shutters and brackets on top and porch top. The house is now located on the east side of Hwy 151 about one mile north of the intersection with county highway A. in Trenton, Wisconsin. (Photo circa 1871.)

The Clutters, a Kansas family whose murder in 1959 was made famous by Truman Capote's book "In Cold Blood"

Ronald "Gene" Simmons killed his whole family one Christmas, before attracting police attention by killing two people who were not his relatives.

Letter from Gary Ridgway to families of victims.