The following day after finding Dr. York’s
shallow grave, people from all over the region gathered at the Bender
property as a search for more bodies was in progress.
an Independence photographer, reveals the large crowd of on-lookers who came to the
lonely Bender Inn northeast of Cherryvale to witness the scene of the
brutal crimes committed by the now known Bender family. The photo shows
several men wearing Civil War-era hats, which was appropriate at that time.
The photographer took the liberty to enhance some of the graves and
background with an ink etching. The Bender Inn is visible in background at
far left with the tiny barn to the right of the inn.
Fern Morrow Wood