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Little Slaughterhouse on the Prairie

Written by: Harold Schechter
Narrated by: Steven Weber
Length: 1 hr and 19 mins
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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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  • Jordan
  • 2019-11-29

Interesting

This was a quick, fascinating listen. I only wish the story had a more definitive end, but I still enjoyed it.

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  • Cherokee
  • 2019-11-28

True horro

A story of early serial killing family I didn't know about. I bought these thinking it was a horror story. It was, just mom fiction which is 100 times scarier.

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  • FMCA
  • 2019-10-03

ID channel of the Pioneers

Historical account of serial killer family in Kansas. Was at times a bit too "close to home" in the way the gruesome details were described. Very well done though.

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  • lmauer2
  • 2019-09-01

Very detailed account

This was a very enjoyable classic true crime story. there was a great amount of detail presented and for the price of free with prime it is a total no brainier for edutainment. I felt that there were a few areas where there was to many retellings of people accounts of witnessing them here or there, or this person was close to being killed but got away not to say anything until later. 3 or 4 of each would have been plenty but it felt like those parts kept going until I was on the verge of zoning out. all on all though great pick. I enjoyed 90 percent.

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  • G. Eggleston
  • 2019-08-05

Left me rattled

This is my first Harold Schechter read but won't be my last.
And Steven Weber did a fantastic job with the narration.

This sure ain't "The Little House on the Prairie" that warmed my heart. This left me cold and rattled. The horror of so long ago demonstrated that firearms, in the hands of homicidal maniacs, are not necessary for them to accomplish their gruesome deeds. The lust for blood will find a way, and God help the innocents who happen their way.

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  • Allison
  • 2019-06-14

Cool story

I grew up reading the Little House on the Prairie books so this was a fun listen. I thought it would have more of the actual Ingalls’ experience but they were only mentioned a few times. This was fun to listen to though and has great details from the time period. I would recommend it.

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  • Shanniemarie
  • 2019-06-14

historical story

this was a very very fast read...not to entertaining. I wish their was more information on the book so it wasnt so short. the narrator of the book did a really good job though.

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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