Little Slaughterhouse on the Prairie
Little Slaughterhouse on the Prairie is my latest short story, that is part two of a six part series from true crime author Harold Schechter.
A heinous history of America. Exploring the dark heart of US history, true-crime master Harold Schechter reveals six sensational but nearly forgotten acts of carnage and bloodlust that shocked the nation. From a diabolical Kansas family down the road from Laura Ingalls Wilder to an Elvis-inspired “rebel” to the country’s first mass shooter, these chilling criminals dominated the headlines—and nightmares—of their day.
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About Little Slaughterhouse on the Prairie
At a remote little inn not far from the Kansas homestead of Laura Ingalls Wilder lived the Bender family. These pioneers welcomed unwary visitors with jackrabbit stew and a sledgehammer to the skull.
In time, their apple orchard gave up its secrets—a burial ground for their mutilated victims, each stripped of their possessions. The devilish enterprise on “Hell’s Half-Acre” would earn the Bloody Benders an undying place in the annals of American infamy. But it was the mysterious fate of eldest daughter, Kate, that would make them the stuff of mythic campfire prairie tales.
Little Slaughterhouse on the Prairie is part of Bloodlands, a chilling collection of short page-turning historical narratives from bestselling true-crime master Harold Schechter. Spanning a century in our nation’s murderous past, Schechter resurrects nearly forgotten tales of madmen and thrill-killers that dominated the most sensational headlines of their day.
Thoughts on Little Slaughterhouse on the Prairie
Little Slaughterhouse on the Prairie is a true crime short story, taking just an hour to read. It is the second in a six part series from author Harold Schechter. I have a fascination with true crime stories and always have. So when I found this six part series that only took about an hour per book to read, I was pretty excited.
I found the best part of Little Slaughterhouse on the Prairie to be that I could read the entirety of it before bed each night this week, and because it takes roughly an hour to finish one, there was no staying up past my bedtime to finish it. If you’ve ever played the “just one more chapter” game and suddenly it is 3am, you know exactly what I’m talking about.
The title, Little Slaughterhouse on the Prairie, is really what caught my attention and made me take notice of this series in the first place, when I was trying to find my next short story to read. The title made me think of Little House on the Prairie with a twist.
I’m not going to keep telling you about this series, I’m just going to tell you that if you love any true crime stories, this is the series you need to be reading next.
Final Thoughts on Little Slaughterhouse on the Prairie
I highly recommend the Bloodlands series from true crime author Harold Schechter. It is a series that just improves with every single story!
Harold Schechter has a brilliant way of delivering true crime tales that are not only easy to read, but they are hard to put down at the same time. I thought The Pirate was good, but Little Slaughterhouse on the Prairie was even better. I can only hope the rest of the series is this good.
Have you read Little Slaughterhouse on the Prairie or any other writing from author Harold Schechter? Are you a fan of true crime stories? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!
About the Author
Harold Schechter is an American true crime writer who specializes in serial killers. He attended the State University of New York in Buffalo where his PhD director was Leslie Fiedler. He is professor of American literature and popular culture at Queens College of the City University of New York.
Schechter is married to poet Kimiko Hahn. He has two daughters from a previous marriage: the writer Lauren Oliver and professor of philosophy Elizabeth Schechter. His newest book, The Mad Sculptor, (about a sensational triple murder at Beekman Place in New York City in 1937) was published in February 2014.
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