A piece of land that can be auctioned in Kansas offers rolling views, workable soil, and the history of some of the most notorious murders ever committed in the state. As reported by the Salina Journal the Bloody Benders were once located on the 162 acre lot, which many considered America's first serial killer family.
John Bender Sr.; his wife Mary; her daughter Kate; and her son John Jr. claimed property in what is now Labette County, Kansas in 1870. Their location was near the Great Osage Trail, and the house they built there served as an inn where travelers could rest and replenish their supplies.
Many guests of the Benders were never heard again. But given the risks of a pioneering life, such disappearances were not uncommon. The family escaped suspicion for years, and it was only when a well-known doctor named William York was missing in 1
Before the investigators could carry out a thorough search of the Bender House, its four residents, fled. It didn't take long for the authorities to find out why: A trap door in the floor of the building revealed a blood-soaked basement. Buried in the garden, they found York's body with its head and throat cut. A total of 11 bodies were ultimately discovered on the property, but it is believed that the Benders were responsible for up to 21 murders.
The house where the killers lured their victims and committed their crimes was torn down decades ago, but the country they were once in is now for sale. The property is identified as "Farm 2" and "Tract 9" in a list of 15 Kansas sites to be auctioned later this month. According to the listing, the property has "152.23 +/- acres of arable land per FSA" and "Primary soil types include Wagstaff Silty Clay Loam, Kenoma Silt Loam, and Parsons Silt Loam."
buyers could end up getting more when they pay. According to the head of the auction house, modern technology has probably not been used Search the country for undiscovered bodies since the first victims were found in the 1870s.
The public auction takes place on February 11 at 6:00 p.m. at the Cardinal Event Center in Parsons, Kansas. Research has shown that the wing is open for inspection between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. on February 10 before buying a horrific murder site becomes.
[h/t Salina Journal]