the bender family america's family of serial killers

The Bender Family

Before HH Holmes there was the lesser known Bender family…

Show Notes

In the late 19th century, the Bender family terrorized early Kansas travelers, working together as one of America’s first recorded family of serial killers. 


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Researched & Written by Kim Douthit 

Edited & Produced by Gabi Fiore

Music by Dan Moretti

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