Little Slaughterhouse on the Prairie

Little Slaughterhouse on the Prairie

At a remote little inn not far from the Kansas homestead of Laura Ingalls Wilder lived the Bender family. These pioneers welcomed unwary visitors with jackrabbit stew and a sledgehammer to the skull.

In time, their apple orchard gave up its secrets—a burial ground for their mutilated victims, each stripped of their possessions. The devilish enterprise on “Hell’s Half-Acre” would earn the Bloody Benders an undying place in the annals of American infamy. But it was the mysterious fate of eldest daughter, Kate, that would make them the stuff of mythic campfire prairie tales.

Little Slaughterhouse on the Prairie is part of Bloodlands, a chilling collection of short page-turning historical narratives from bestselling true-crime master Harold Schechter. Spanning a century in our nation’s murderous past, Schechter resurrects nearly forgotten tales of madmen and thrill-killers that dominated the most sensational headlines of their day.

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  • Netanella

    Kindle Prime offered this series free with audible yesterday, so I snatched up the entire set to borrow. I know I'll be reading these instead of doing any real work this weekend...The murderous Bender...

  • Patrick

    WOW what a crazy story. And the Ingels of The Little House on the Praire fame lived nearby and actually stopped there to water their horses....

  • April A. Taylor

    Like many true crime books, the beginning of this very short history lesson is a bit dry. But once it picks up, it’s a fascinating look at the family that actually predated H.H. Holmes as America’...

  • Amber Machado

    Really great short read. The author keeps the story interesting while keeping the facts strait. But, while this does run the conclusion what did happen to the Bender Family? Did they get away with all...

  • Lisa

    The family that slays together...I had heard of the horrific crimes of the Bender Family before so this was a refresher for me. Add in the unknown conclusion of their whereabouts and the unconfirmed t...

  • Cyndi  McIntire

    Who knewWho knew Charles Ingalls was not all sweet and loving I'm shocked. I had previously read about the Bender family and had no idea they were around the same time and place as Little House on the...

  • Sara

    A short history on the events and legends surrounding the Bender family, noted as a family of serial killers living in Kansas in the early 1870s. The family owned a small place that was generously des...

  • Jena

    I’ve heard about the Bloody Benders before but this is by far the most detailed account I’ve read. The book is short but much of that may be due to the fact that the Benders, a family of serial ki...

  • Danielle Bonam

    Harold Schechter is hands down the greatest True Crime author. His research is all encompassing, I cannot imagine how he finds the time to research every single tid-bit of a crime, but he does and we ...

  • Wade Gish

    First time hearing the story...I had never heard the story recounted here, but Mr. Scherer does a thorough and masterful job of researching and providing in great detail a fantastic tale. Very pleased...