Kate Bender and her felonious family: America’s first serial killers

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The “Bloody Benders” were a hell of a family

They spent part of their lives on a killing spree

Sister Kate the attraction

With victims a distraction

A cold-blooded flirting; but their death not a fantasy


Pa “Bill” was the head of this fiendish clan

By all accounts he was a mountain of a man

Fathered John, a dumb son

Yet both killed for fun

And a means to prosper in their adopted new land


Eleven travelers at their Kansas inn waylaid

Hammer to skulls and slit throats was how the corpses were made

Then stripped and robbed in the cellar

By accomplice kin of the killer

And buried in Ma’s garden where they finally stayed


A percentage who care for this sort of bloody history

Prefer to keep the Bender’s fates shrouded in mystery

Cuz’ justice wasn’t served by the courts

All we have are three reports

Of vigilante justice by the vengeful hands of a posse


Colonel York was the brother of the Bender’s last kill

He swore that he would see all Bender’s sent to hell

A much deserved fate

They even burned Kate

So say posse members who threw their bodies down a well


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5 thoughts on “Kate Bender and her felonious family: America’s first serial killers

  1. alphajt July 19, 2017 / 7:58 am

    Another bloody good poetic history lesson, JW.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. MC Clark July 19, 2017 / 3:57 pm

    Fact can be–and often is–stranger than fiction. I wonder if this was ever made into a movie?????
    I love your unique, poetic approach to dishing up historical facts, JW.

    Liked by 1 person

    • jwtatfbc July 19, 2017 / 6:42 pm

      Not sure about a movie, but their story was put in an old B&W serial episode, and there are several documentary shows on deadly women or serial killers that did their story.

      Thanks, Cathy.

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