93. The Benders and McInteer Villa in Kansas

The Bender’s house. The front was a small store and inn. The back served as the living quarters for the family. The two sections were divided by a canvas. Ma Bender would cook and serve the “guest” as Kate spoke and flirted with him. Meanwhile either John Sr or John Jr would stay behind the canvas and at the right moment would hit the “guest” in the head with a hammer. The job was finished when the “guest” fell through the trap door and had his throat slit by Ma or Kate.

https://medium.com/internet-archaeology/the-bastardized-story-of-the-bloody-benders-a203fb0e419a

In the spring of 1873 no less than 12 bodies were dug up in the Benders orchard and garden. The family was no where to be found. To this day it is still a mystery as to the fate of the Benders, were they killed by vigilantes or did they get away with murder?

https://www.historynet.com/the-bloody-benders-grim-harvest.htm

The Villa was built in 1889 / 1890 for pioneer businessman John McInteer. Now Stephanie and Jeff Neal are the owners. The home is filled with 1800’s furnishings and finishes. All those little touches from the wallpaper to the rugs to the door handles and light fixtures have lovingly been added by Stephanie.

https://www.3newsnow.com/news/local-news/travels-in-the-heartland/travels-in-the-heartland-spend-a-hauntingly-fun-time-in-atchison-kansas

Is the McInteer Villa haunted? Many say it is. We have been invited by the owner, Stephanie, to visit. We’ll let you know our findings.

https://paranormalmilwaukee.com/cases/mcinteer-villa/

SOURCES:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloody_Benders

https://www.legendsofamerica.com/ks-benders/

https://www.newspapers.com/image/?clipping_id=16466721&fcfToken=eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJmcmVlLXZpZXctaWQiOjc5NzQzMzM4LCJpYXQiOjE2MzkwNjU4NjMsImV4cCI6MTYzOTE1MjI2M30.WUa3_a9CjxRI4ivh02R__gSmmMhu0rnhB2a-5I_7wCk

https://www.archives.gov/education/lessons/homestead-act

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Osage_Trail

Morbid Podcast, Episode 69: The Bloody Benders

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/McInteer_Villa

https://visitatchison.com/highlight/1889-mcinteer-villa

https://www.1889mcinteervilla.com

COCKTAIL: Red wine named, Chambourcin https://www.holyfieldwinery.com/chardonel.htm

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