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Fall 2023 Issue: The Bloody Benders

Updated: Nov 30, 2023

A new chapter is opening in what could be Southeast Kansas’ longest documented mass murder story. Now 150 years after news of the infamous Bloody Bender hammer-murder saga first swept the region and captured its collective fascination at a horse-drawn wagon’s pace, 21st Century science and technology is attempting to take up the torch to help complete the story.

Bloody Bender gravesite

Bloody Bender excavation

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