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At a remote little inn not far from the Kansas homestead of Laura Ingalls Wilder lived the Bender family. These pioneers welcomed unwary visitors with jackrabbit stew and a sledgehammer to the skull.

In time, their apple orchard gave up its secrets - a burial ground for their mutilated victims, each stripped of their possessions. The devilish enterprise on “Hell’s Half-Acre” would earn the Bloody Benders an undying place in the annals of American infamy. But it was the mysterious fate of eldest daughter, Kate, that would make them the stuff of mythic campfire prairie tales.

Little Slaughterhouse on the Prairie is part of Bloodlands, a chilling collection of short addictive historical narratives from bestselling true-crime master Harold Schechter. Spanning a century in our nation’s murderous past, Schechter resurrects nearly forgotten tales of madmen and thrill-killers that dominated the most sensational headlines of their day.

©2018 Harold Schechter (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • T. Winter
  • 2018-08-07

Detailed retelling of horrific events

The subject matter of this book interested me, but when I saw that Steven Weber had narrated it, I knew I had to listen. It was excellently done. The details of what was done by this psychopathic family are presently in full and with sensitivity, even though many years now separate us from the brutality of their acts. I only wish they had been caught so they could have been made to answer for their crimes.

I have been to the area where these events took place, however, and people there are certain the Benders did not escape justice. The common belief is that they were caught by vigilantes who took care of the matter themselves. I hope this is true.

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  • Mary Christine Delea
  • 2019-04-30

I Love These Mini Books

These short books by Schechter are perfect for a short drive or at home while I am beading or crafting or putting together furniture and want a beginning, middle, and end, rather than just part of a longer book.

Steven Webber is perfect for these; I have always enjoyed him as an actor, but that does not necessarily mean he/anyone will be a great reader. He is, though. I hope he enjoys performing books and continues to do so!

If you enjoy true crime, you will enjoy this. I am very knowledgeable about crime, but did not know much about this family of 19th century serial killers.

The Benders of Independence, Kansas is interesting, but the tale gets better after their murderous ways are discovered and the hunt is on for Ma and Pa and the 2 younger Benders (they were either brother and sister, husband and wife, or both).

Definitely recommend!

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  • Chubbles
  • 2019-02-22

So amazing

I loved this story because it was at a good pace and was very descriptive. Wonderful narrator too

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  • Brandi Chandler
  • 2019-02-17

GREAT Book

it was a great book very well narrated..ive read the story before and all the facts are correct..

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  • Montzalee Wittmann
  • 2018-11-11

Very interesting history

Little Slaughterhouse in the Prairie discusses the crimes of the Benders that lived during the time of Laura Ingals Wilder. The Benders preyed upon single people stopping by and Laura said (outside of her books) that her dad had stopped to get water but didn't go inside, he might have died if he had! Great info in here about the crimes and investigation. It even mentions my little Missouri town of Shelbina!
Narration is spot on!

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  • Aimee Greene
  • 2018-08-07

Interesting Listen

As a fan of Little House on the Prarie, I thought it would be interesting to hear some history from that time period. This was a good short listen.

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  • Tiffany Thomas
  • 2018-08-07

A bloody good time

I’ve read the story of the “Bloody Benders” before and this telling of their story was very entertaining.

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  • R
  • 2018-08-07

Fascinating history

Crazy historical account of serial killers on the plains. Segue with historical tidbits and references to the Laura Ingalls Wilder book, this is a fun short story. Perfect length

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  • JODY A CLARK
  • 2018-08-07

Interesting presentation of a familiar topic

I was aware of the legend of the Bender family but this was very enlightening

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  • Fixer1140
  • 2018-08-06

Fun True-Crime Historical Narrative

This short story was well delivered and shows a side to the a time in history that is rarely discussed. Definitely worth a listen with the free Prime-Reading.