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In 1873, the largest serial-killing spree in American history happened along the Osage Trail in Kansas. The family would later be identified as the Bloody Benders. Unlike most criminals of their time, they escaped and were never caught. This true history is now captured in a gripping fictional tale that takes the horror of murder on the plains to a dark new level.

©2016 Paul Ibbetson (P)2016 Paul Ibbetson

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Pretty darn good

How could I resist a telling of the Legend of the Benders? It starts so well then the fictional part of the book pops up and ruins the plot ( for me ) BUT it is fascinating to listen to on a dreary winter day - an introduction to an early serial killer "family" that escaped - where after leaving Kansas - no one to this day has discovered where they went. Not gory or creepy, really just interesting.

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Entertaining version of historic events

This is the second book I read about this topic this year, and I find it rather curious, since I didn’t know about this piece of American History before. the Bloody Benders were a supposed family living close to the Osage Trail in Kansas, where they set up a small shop and inn, and offered food to travelers passing by just to kill them and steal their possessions. What makes the Benders so special is the amount of people they killed (and buried on their property) and that they were never caught.

I really enjoyed the version of the Bloody Bender’s story, and it’s clear that Ibbetson know his history. The book is well written, and he put special attention to details and gave the characters the personality needed in order to not only tell a piece of American History but also entertain the reader.

As the Benders were never caught, and many parts of the story are conjectures, many gaps had to be filled in. It is believed that Kate was the brain behind the whole operation, and in this case Ibbetson added a demoniac presence that led Kate on her pursues. Ibbetson also tried to explain why some of the kills were different, and why some could have gone wrong and make the neighbors suspicious. I really enjoyed the story but the demoniac inspiration was the part that I had more issues to buy.

What I had some issues with was the narration. Molly King sounded a bit insecure narrating the story, and the audible breaths and mouth noises were a bit annoying. For the rest, the characters’ interpretations were quite good, although some male voices did not sound very convincing.

I enjoyed the book, and I would recommend it to anyone curious about American History, and specially this lesser-known chapter in it.

I received a copy of this book in audio format from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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Fact and fiction in one book

This book is the story of the Bender family who 1873 were the family involved in the largest serial killing in US history. The book is filled with historical facts s well as some fiction. I am still on the fence about the addition of the fiction. I am all about historical events n their true telling but the fiction did add to the story to an extent.

Between 1871 and 1873 the Bender family later known as the Bloody Benders murdered at least 12 people along the Osage Trail in Kansas. The family was able to escape being captured and disappeared. They were never caught.

Paul A. Ibbetson has done a really good job adding fact and fiction together to bring this book to us. Molly King narrates the audiobook and though she done a good job with the book at times I was a little put off by her rendition. Some of her voices grated on my nerves, sometimes she sped up and raced through parts.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Great book

I always thought that the benders got caught but in the end they got what was due. The book was good and I would read it again

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  • 07-15-17

Extremely creative, mind gripping!

Very entertaining! A true masterpiece , the writer puts you in the mind of the killers. Hard to believe such a horrific thing happened in Kansas! Kudos for bringing the story to life with so much documented evidence combined with a tale that makes you wonder, could this all be true? Once you start this book you will be looking forward to you time the with the Benders! Up till the very end, it is action packed!!

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Very interesting story

I had heard the story of the Benders before. This book had a lot of interesting backstory I'd never heard before. I listened to the audio version narrated by Molly King who did a good job. My only criticism is that she read just a bit too fast at times. Nevertheless, a very engrossing tale of a "family" of serial killers.

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Good story terrible narration

Decent story with interesting fictional account of a truly awful series of murders. Narrator should NOT have tried to imitate male accents. Ruined it for me with her constant poor attempts at speaking like various men in the story.