The Bloody Benders

SERIAL KILLER CLIPS

Original newspaper accounts of America’s most prolific murderers.

This episode, we’re looking at the legend of a Kansas family that killed at least 11 visitors to their roadhouse in the early 1870s. They aroused suspicion by choosing as a victim a well-known physician, whose family soon pulled out all stops in a search until they uncovered his body, along with 10 missing travelers, on the Bender property. The Bender Family was nowhere to be found, and never were. Sightings and even arrests were regular for many years, even into the next century, but the second act of this episode purports to tell the true story of what happened to the mass murdering hostelers.

Music by Chuck Wiggins.

The Murderpedia entery on the Bloody Benders has photos of the scene and drawings from newspapers.

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Boy Murdered… Was Struck by Gas Pipe

The Scoundrel George Post of McPherson, Kansasheadgeorge post

breakoutThe story begins to unfold on the morning of June 3, 1915:
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Mrs. Dora Thomas Post, who died mysteriously on October 4, 1913.
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Clippings are from the McPherson Republican, June 11, 18 and 25,

1915, except breakout box (Topeka Daily Capitol, June 16, 1915) and  verdict clip (Winfield Daily Free Press, June 21, 1915).