Bloody Benders

Bloody Benders

About Bloody Benders

The Bloody Benders were an alleged family of serial killers who owned a small general store and inn in Osage township in Labette County in southeastern Kansas from 1871 to 1873. The inn was a simple one room house divided into living quarters and the kitchen and store area. 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 claimed to be married, possibly a common law marriage. Following the American Civil War, the United States government moved the Osage Indians from Labette County to a new Indian Territory located in what would eventually be Oklahoma. The 'vacant' land was then made available to homesteaders.

Contributions by WLRoss, Levana Taylor, and Maggiedr.