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A photograph showing an advertisement for Prof. Miss Katie Bender's healing powers and a knife found in the Bender home. The Bender family operated a remote road house on a farm near Cherryvale, Kansas. When several travelers and people seeking Katie's healing powers 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.
Date: June 18, 1872
Item Number: 211547
Call Number: B Bender, Kate *1
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 211547
Collections - Photograph
Date - 1870s - 1872
Government and Politics - Crime and Punishment - Crimes - Murders
Objects and Artifacts - Communication Artifacts - Documentary Artifact - Photograph
People - Criminals - Bender Family
Places - Counties - Labette
Thematic Time Period - Immigration and Settlement, 1854 - 1890
Type of Material - Photographs