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.
Creator: Gamble, G. R.
Item Number: 385
Call Number: FK2.L1 .77 *1
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 385
Built Environment - Function - Domestic - Single Dwelling
Collections - Photograph
Community Life - Community services - Police and other law enforcement
Date - 1870s - 1873
Government and Politics - Crime and Punishment - Crime - Murder
Objects and Artifacts - Communication Artifacts - Documentary Artifact - Photograph
People - Criminals - Bender Family
Places - Counties - Labette
Type of Material - Photographs