The Benders: America’s Pioneer Era Serial Killer Family

benderkatieMental Floss covers the gruesome history of the Benders, a real-life serial killing clan reminiscent of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre‘s fictional family, the Sawyers.

 Via Mental Floss:

A trap door in the floor behind the separating curtain led to a foul-smelling cellar, which was drenched with blood. The cabin was moved away from the spot, and the ground was dug up, but no bodies were found. Then the investigation turned to the garden, which was freshly plowed. Neighbors recalled that the garden always seemed freshly plowed. Working through the night, the volunteers first unearthed the body of Dr. York. Seven more bodies were found that night, and another the next day. The throats had been cut, and the skulls were bashed in. The exception was Mr. Loucher’s infant daughter, who was buried under her father. One of the bodies was that of a girl estimated to be about eight years old, whose body was badly mutilated. Ten bodies were ultimately found at the Bender farm, but 21 murders are attributed to the family.

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  • Monkey See Monkey Do

    It doesn’t seem like they did it for the money. Beyond the typical psychopath simplification which is part and parcel of mainstream media, there may be another story here.

    Considering it was a time when people were reconnecting with spirituality in the form of spiritualism, I wouldn’t be surprised if it was a prolific case of people attempting necromancy. (Coupled with psychopathic tendencies of course)

    • Simon Valentine

      i dunno, i get hungry sometimes. bashing a skull in proficiently could be a quick painless way out, while slitting a jugular vein could relieve blood from fouling the … ahem … well … Praise Namira! the best steak in Markauth!

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