Hell's Half-Acre: The Untold Story Of The Benders, A Serial Killer Family On The American Frontier
ISBN: 1984879839
EAN13: 9781984879837
Language: English
Release Date: Mar 1, 2022
Pages: 368
Dimensions: 1" H x 9" L x 6" W
Weight: 1 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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   quick, mesmerizing read!
Thanks for the book. It was such a rush, I couldn't put it down! The author of the book says some people are so evil, she did her research.
 
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   Good mystery
The author brings to life a forgotten horror of a family of frontier killers in a stunning parable of the American West.
 
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   Benders
For anyone who knows anything about the Bender family or any of their victims, this is just one more attempt at the history that falls short. Furthermore, several of the purported scenes were invented and drawn from unverified sources. Though the author includes a bibliography, there is no internal or external reference to footnotes or endnotes. The invented scenes serve to move this thinly researched “history” over into the category of “historical fiction,” said Thomas P. Kilpatrick, Jr., co-author of the book.
 
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   must read for true crime fans
This is an unusual and true crime novel. In her best work to separate fact from fiction, Jonusas has done her best to separate the Benders, German immigrants who killed travellers who stayed at their general store in small town Kansas, from the fiction. It's never clear who did the killing or why, how many people were killed, and what happened to the Benders, Sosa said. This is apparently a well known story in the region, but I was not aware of the writer's death. There were no CSIs in the 1870s, but those who investigated after remains were found in the cellar did the best job they could, Mr. Dhaliwal said. Jonusas poses several theories as to where the family may have been when it went missing in 1973. She has made good use of original source material to create a picture of the family, their crimes and the aftermath, Levine said. Thanks to Edelweiss for the book.
 
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