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The Resource Hell's half-acre : the untold story of the Benders, a serial killer family on the American frontier, Susan Jonusas

Hell's half-acre : the untold story of the Benders, a serial killer family on the American frontier, Susan Jonusas

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Hell's half-acre : the untold story of the Benders, a serial killer family on the American frontier
Title
Hell's half-acre
Title remainder
the untold story of the Benders, a serial killer family on the American frontier
Statement of responsibility
Susan Jonusas
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Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"In 1873 the people of Labette County in Kansas made a grisly discovery. Buried on a homestead seven miles south of the town of Cherryvale, in a bloodied cellar and under frost-covered soil, were countless bodies in varying states of decay. The discovery sent the local community and national newspapers into a frenzy that continued for over two decades, and the land on which the crimes took place became known as 'Hells Half-Acre.' When it emerged that a family of four known as the Benders had been accused of the slayings, the case was catapulted to infamy. The idea that a family of seemingly respectable homesteaders--one among thousands who were relocating further west looking for land and opportunity after the Civil War--were capable of operating 'a human slaughter pen' appalled and fascinated the nation. But who the Benders really were, why they committed such a vicious killing spree, and what became of them when they fled from the law is a mystery that has remains unsolved to this day--not that there aren't some convincing theories. Part gothic western, part literary whodunnit, and part immersive study of postbellum America, Hell's Half-Acre sheds new light on one of the most notorious cases in our nation's history while holding a torch to a society under the strain of rapid change and moral disarray. Susan Jonasus draws on extensive original archival material, and introduces us to a fascinating cast of characters, including the despairing families of the victims as well as the fugitives that helped the murderers escape. Hell's Half-Acre is not simply a book about a mass murder. It is a journey into the turbulent heart of nineteenth century America, a place where modernity stalks across the landscape, violently displacing existing populations and wearily building new ones. It is a world where folklore can quickly become fact, and an entire family of criminals can slip right through a community's fingers, only to reappear at the most unexpected of times"--
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contains biographical information
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Jonusas, Susan
Dewey number
364.152/320978196
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
HV6533.K3
LC item number
J66 2022
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Bender family
  • Serial murderers
  • Frontier and pioneer life
  • Kansas
Target audience
adult
Label
Hell's half-acre : the untold story of the Benders, a serial killer family on the American frontier, Susan Jonusas
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [327]-332) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Introduction
  • Labette County, Kansas
  • The theater of a nation's struggle
  • A nursery of moral monstrosities
  • A revolting spectacle of crime made public
  • In pursuit of murderers
  • Bender or bust
  • Epilogue
Control code
on1259511448
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxii, 345 pages
Isbn
9781984879837
Lccn
2021024138
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)1259511448
Label
Hell's half-acre : the untold story of the Benders, a serial killer family on the American frontier, Susan Jonusas
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [327]-332) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Introduction
  • Labette County, Kansas
  • The theater of a nation's struggle
  • A nursery of moral monstrosities
  • A revolting spectacle of crime made public
  • In pursuit of murderers
  • Bender or bust
  • Epilogue
Control code
on1259511448
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxii, 345 pages
Isbn
9781984879837
Lccn
2021024138
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)1259511448

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