Dec 14, 2017
Kansas was bleeding way before the Bender family showed up, but they sure added their share to the body count. In Strange Country Episode 19, co-hosts Beth and Kelly discuss this murderous family that ran and inn/slaughterhouse on the Osage Trail in the 1870s, and come up with a new idea for Martha Stewart.
Theme music: Resting Place by A Cast of Thousands
Sources used....lots and lots...it makes me so tired:
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