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Bender family house

Bender family house
Creator: Tresslar Brothers
Date: 1873
This is a stereographic photo of the Bender house in Labette County, Kansas. The "Bloody Benders" as the family would later be known, killed at least eleven people and buried them in the surrounding yard. A massive manhunt for them stretched over several states but the Benders were never caught.


Bender farm

Bender farm
Creator: Gamble, G. R.
Date: 1873
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.


Bender murder graves, Labette County, Kansas

Bender murder graves, Labette County, Kansas
Creator: Ploetz, Julius
Date: May 9, 1873
A photograph showing a large group of men looking at the graves of those murdered by the Bender family, Labette County, Kansas.


Crime and criminals: miscellaneous: bender case

Crime and criminals: miscellaneous: bender case
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1879-1883 : St. John)
Date: 1879-1882
This series of letters are pulled from the correspondence files of Kansas Governor John Pierce St. John. They are about the murders in Labette County, Kansas involving the Bender Family, sometimes referred to as the Bloody Benders. The family consisted of John Bender; his wife, Elvira Bender; son, John, Jr.; and daughter, Kate.


Crime and criminals: the bender case

Crime and criminals: the bender case
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1873-1877 : Osborn)
Date: 1873 - 1876
This series of letters are pulled from the correspondence files of Kansas Governor Thomas Andrew Osborn. They are about the murder case in Labette County, Kansas involving the Bender Family, sometimes referred to as the Bloody Benders. The family consisted of John Bender; his wife, Elvira Bender; son, John, Jr.; and daughter, Kate.


Criminal matters: bender family

Criminal matters: bender family
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1879-1883: Glick)
Date: 1883-1885
This series of letters are pulled from the correspondence files of Kansas Governor George Washington Glick. They are about the murder case in Labette County, Kansas involving the Bender Family, sometimes referred to as the Bloody Benders. The family consisted of John Bender; his wife, Elvira Bender; son, John, Jr.; and daughter, Kate.


Excavation of bodies at the Bender murder site

Excavation of bodies at the Bender murder site
Creator: Tresslar Brothers
Date: 1873
This is a stereographic photo of two men sitting by the excavated grave of Bender murder victim Dr. York, Labette County, Kansas.


Governor's proclamation, $2,000 reward

Governor's proclamation, $2,000 reward
Date: 1873
A photograph of Governor Osborn's proclamation offering a $2,000 reward for the capture of the Bender family.


Governor George Anthony crime and criminals received correspondence, Bender case

Governor George Anthony crime and criminals received correspondence, Bender case
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1877-1879: Anthony)
Date: 1877-1878
Governor George Anthony compiled this series of correspondence on crime and criminals, specifically the Bender case, from letters received while in office from 1877-1879. The Bender family operated a remote road house 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, all of them dead from severe blows to the head. The Bender family members escaped and were never found. A complete transcription is available by clicking "Text Version" below.


John Bender, Sr.

John Bender, Sr.
Date: Between 1870 and 1879
This is a photo of a sketch of John Bender, Sr. The source is unknown.


Kate Bender

Kate Bender
Date: Between 1870 and 1879
A photograph of a sketch of Kate Bender copied from The Benders in Kansas.


Pit of death under trap door

Pit of death under trap door
Creator: Tresslar Brothers
Date: 1873
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.


Prof. Miss Katie Bender can heal all sorts of diseases

Prof. Miss Katie Bender can heal all sorts of diseases
Date: June 18, 1872
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.


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