The Bloody Benders….. A Family of Serial Killers

A few nights ago, I was channel surfing looking for something to watch as my eyes grew heavy with sleep. Then, I stumbled upon a film on Tubi ( which is a free streaming channel with lots of great films and t.v. shows. I highly recommend it! And like I said… It’s free! 😁)

Anywho…. A horror film caught my eye. The actors and actresses were people I was unfamiliar with and there wasn’t loads of cinematic action, romance…. etc… So, why did this movie grab my attention?

Because of its description… And here it is…. “The real-life story of America’s first serial killer family, the infamous “Bloody Benders,” that terrorized homesteaders in late-19th century Kansas.” ~

“The Bender family, more well known as the Bloody Benders, were a family of serial killers who lived and operated in Labette County, Kansas, United States, from May 1871 to December 1872.[1] The family consisted of John Bender, his wife Elvira and their son John Jr. and daughter Kate. ” ~

Even though my eyes were heavy and I was ready to drift off to sleep, I couldn’t resist wanting to watch this film all because it was based on true events. I was like, “A serial killer family? From the 1800s? Why was this the first time I was hearing about this?!?!” This family was alleged of killing several people.

I watched it and was tripping the whole time. Without giving any spoilers, the premise of the movie is about a doctor who is traveling out on the prairie. He happens upon an old house, literally out in the middle of nowhere, stops for groceries, a meal and a night’s lodging. All hosted by the Bender family which consists of an older couple, their daughter and young son. Well, he takes to their kindness and then falls victim to their murderous ways. Later, the doctor’s brother stumbles upon the house in search of his missing brother. He takes a liking to the daughter, but unlike his brother, was able to escape the murderous family’s acts…. You’ll have to watch the film to see how it ends because I don’t want to ruin the film for ya..

But according to several reports, this nefarious family was never… let me repeat…. NEVER….. caught! A family of serial killers…. Loose…. Never caught…. OMG, really?! That is freaky!! Chills!!

Anyway…. Check it out for yourself if you’re into history and films based on true events. It was insane! The whole story still freaks me out!

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