At a remote little inn not far from the Kansas homestead of Laura Ingalls Wilder lived the Bender family. These pioneers welcomed unwary visitors with jackrabbit stew and a sledgehammer to the skull.In time, their apple orchard gave up its secretsa burial ground for their mutilated victims, each stripped of their possessions. The devilish enterprise on Hells Half-Acre would earn the Bloody Benders an undying place in the annals of American infamy. But it was the mysterious fate of eldest daughter, Kate, that would make them the stuff of mythic campfire prairie tales.Little Slaughterhouse on the Prairie is part of Bloodlands, a chilling collection of short page-turning historical narratives from bestselling true-crime master Harold Schechter. Spanning a century in our nations murderous past, Schechter resurrects nearly forgotten tales of madmen and thrill-killers that dominated the most sensational headlines of their day....
|Title||:||Little Slaughterhouse on the Prairie (Bloodlands Collection)|
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|Number of Pages||:||80 pages|
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Little Slaughterhouse on the Prairie (Bloodlands Collection) Reviews
Interesting history of a serial killer family who lived in Kansas.
It was fine
Nothing super fulfilling. It was free, though, and that was nice. I'm mainly happy to not have lived during those times.
Kindle Prime offered this series free with audible yesterday, so I snatched up the entire set to borrow. I know I'll be reading these instead of doing any real work this weekend...
The murderous Bender family of the late 19th century are infamous for depraved killings on their homestead in Kansas. Ma and Pa Bender and siblings John Jr. and Katie ran a 'Grocry' and inn, really a one-room house divided into two rooms by a sheet hung down the middle. When a person traveling solo happened upon their ...more
WOW what a crazy story. And the Ingels of The Little House on the Praire fame lived nearby and actually stopped there to water their horses.
This book is a quick read that explains early serial murderers on the Kansas prairie. I had heard the Bender story before, but Schechter includes photographs fro the period, as well as illustrations of the newspaper headlines of the day. The story is a bit of a puzzle. The Bender family lived in a hovel, basically, and advertised their home as both a grocery and an inn. They seemed willing to kill any single traveler that accepted the family's hospitality, whether they had a bundle of money on t ...more
Another interesting true crime story
Spoiler alert, I enjoyed the story, however I believe I would have enjoyed it more if the murders had been caught. The not knowing for sure bothers me.
Bloodlands collection – 6 books The Pirate, Little Slaughterhouse on the Prairie, Brick Slayer, Panic, Pied Piper, Rampage
Crime stories, whether in movies, TV or books always reflect the morality and mortality of humans – as cautionary tales to warn us…me especially. The bigger the human flaws or outsized characters; the villain(s) or defenseless victim(s), the press (broadsheet & tabloid), psychiatrists, police, and/or lawyers the more I gawk...
Note: all the ebooks wer ...more
First time hearing the story...
I had never heard the story recounted here, but Mr. Scherer does a thorough and masterful job of researching and providing in great detail a fantastic tale. Very pleased!