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The BENDER family

 
 
 

 

John Bender Sr.

 

 

Mrs. Bender

 

 

John Bender Jr.

 

 

Katie Bender

 

 

Katie Bender

 

 

A photograph showing an advertisement for Prof. Miss Katie Bender's healing powers.

 

 

Location of Bender claim

 

 

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

 

 

The Bender killing method

It was speculated that if a guest appeared to be wealthy, the Benders would give him a seat of honor at the
table which was positioned over a trap door that led down into the cellar, with his back to the curtain. Kate
would distract the guest, while John Bender or his son would come from behind the curtain and strike the
guest on the right hand side of the skull with a hammer. The victim's throat was then cut by one of the
women to ensure his death. The body was then dropped through the trap door. Once in the cellar, the
body would be stripped and later buried somewhere on the property, often in the orchard. More than a
dozen bullet holes were found in the roof and sides of the room, possibly indicating that some of the
victims had attempted to fight back after being hit with the hammer.

 

 

 

A photograph showing an advertisement for Prof. Miss Katie Bender's healing powers
and a knife found in the Bender home.

 

 

The Bender hammers

 

 

A photograph of Governor's Osborn's proclamation giving a $2,000 reward on the capture of the Bender family.

 

 

This is a stereographic photo of the Bender house where the Bender family murdered
and buried their victims, Labette County, Kansas.

 

 

This is a stereographic photo of the excavated grave of a victim of the Bender murders.
The grave was found under a trap door at the Bender house, Labette County, Kansas.

 

 

This is a stereographic photo of two men sitting by the excavated grave
of Bender murder victim Dr. York, Labette County, Kansas.

 

 

 

 

A photograph showing a large group of men looking at the graves of those murdered
by the Bender family, Labette County, Kansas.

 

 

This photograph shows the graves found behind the Bender farm, Labette County, Kansas. The Bender
family operated a remote road house on a farm near Cherryvale, Kansas. When several travelers
disappeared, local residents became suspicious of the Benders. A search of the property revealed
eleven bodies buried in the yard and all of them died of injuries consistent with blows to the
head. The Bender family members escaped and were never found.

 

 

 
 
 
 
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