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The Saga of Bloody Benders
by Rick Geary


Overview - In this volume, Geary takes us out to the wild west and the just-opened prairies of Kansas. Out on a deserted stretch of road linking newly formed towns, a mysterious family stakes a claim and builds an inn for weary visitors. Soon, reports multiply of disappearances around that area.  Read more...

 
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Overview
In this volume, Geary takes us out to the wild west and the just-opened prairies of Kansas. Out on a deserted stretch of road linking newly formed towns, a mysterious family stakes a claim and builds an inn for weary visitors. Soon, reports multiply of disappearances around that area. Generally, those who vanished had plenty of cash on them. A delicious tale of a gruesome family fronted by a beguiling lass who led their victims on...

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781561634989
  • ISBN-10: 1561634980
  • Publisher: Nantier Beall Minoustchine Publishing
  • Publish Date: July 2007
  • Page Count: 80
  • Dimensions: 9.09 x 6.4 x 0.61 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.82 pounds

Series: Treasury of Victorian Murder (Hardcover)

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Books > Comics & Graphic Novels > Crime & Mystery
Books > True Crime > Murder - Serial Killers
Books > Comics & Graphic Novels > Literary

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 41.
  • Review Date: 2007-06-25
  • Reviewer: Staff

Geary's ninth volume in his violent but informative and well-researched series covers the little known tale of the so-called Bloody Benders, a mysterious family of possibly German immigrants who set up a small grocery/hotel catering to travelers along the Osage Trail in southern Kansas in 1870. The townspeople figure out pretty quick that the Benders are an odd lot (the ethereally beautiful daughter holds séances and claims to be a healer, while the ape-like father barely speaks, and the son seems simpleminded). It takes them quite a bit longer to glom on to the fact that too many travelers, especially those with money, are disappearing near the Benders' place. By the time the locals catch on, the Benders have fled, leaving a multitude of gruesome clues behind. Because much about the Benders remains unknown, the story easily lends itself to fantasy and speculation, and Geary recounts theories about who they really were and what happened to them, presented in a quite credible manner, all accompanied by his usual exquisite art. Geary's riveting writing has a journalistic, matter-of-fact tone, making it quite palatable to adult audiences; though the subject matter may make some school librarians think twice. (July)

 
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