Kansas, 1872: Dreams of a new life attracted immigrants, fortune hunters – and the ”Bloody Benders,” a family of serial killers who preyed on wayfarers seeking shelter, or beguiled by their beautiful daughter Kate. Yet Kate and her murderous brood are only supporting players in this fictional re-creation, set in a boomtown of brothels and vigilante gangs. As seen through the eyes of saloon keeper and photographer Bill Ogden, Cottonwood’s rise from frontier lawlessness to respectability sweeps along briskly, unpacking surprises at every turn. Despite occasional patches of lurid grotesquerie, Phillips’ vision adds up to an indelible portrait of a haunted town, as starkly delineated and unsparing as an antique tintype.
Cottonwood Kansas, 1872: Dreams of a new life attracted immigrants, fortune hunters -- and the ''Bloody Benders,'' a family of serial killers who preyed on...CottonwoodFictionScott Phillips (Author) Kansas, 1872: Dreams of a new life attracted immigrants, fortune hunters -- and the ''Bloody Benders,'' a family of serial killers who preyed on...2004-02-06
Genre: Fiction; Author: Scott Phillips (Author)
Posted February 6 2004 — 12:00 AM EST
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