The Bloody Benders were an alleged family of serial killers who owned a small general store and inn in Osage township, Labette County, Kansas from 1871 to 1873. The inn was a simple one room house divided into living quarters and the kitchen and store area. The family consisted of John Bender, Mrs. Bender, son John Jr. and daughter Kate. They killed 11 victims.
Kate was the most outgoing of the benders and advertised herself as a fortune teller and healer.It was rumored that she and her mother practiced witchcraft.Kate was attractive and her psychic abilities drew extra customers to the inn.