Narrator: Molly King
Published by Self Published / Indie on 3 February 2017
Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
In 1873, the largest serial-killing spree in American history happened along the Osage Trail in Kansas. The family would later be identified as the Bloody Benders. Unlike most criminals of their time, they escaped and were never caught. This true history is now captured in a gripping fictional tale that takes the horror of murder on the plains to a dark new level.
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With a name like Last Meal, I’m sure you may expect this to get gory. I know I did. I went into this thinking Texas Chainsaw Massacre and got that minus the cannibalism. It’s still a crazy story, and one that would never happen today, so it was very interesting to listen to. Plus, the idea that these were the first serial killers, prior to Jack the Ripper, prior to everyone we know about sans maybe Bloody Mary!
The story itself is about a family that migrated to Kansas. They introduced themselves as Ma, Pa, Junior, and Kate. These titles are thought to be fictional, so they could fit in like a good, Christian family, like anyone at that time. They used their cabin as a small inn, for guests to have a respite during their travels, before heading through to the town. Kate and her mother were actually related and used their knowledge of herbs to talk to people and sell their knowledge by potions and spirituality, which were both growing popular during that time. This also allowed them to become friends with many people in the town and when people started going missing, of course, they were the last to be looked at.
In the book, Kate speaks to a man who she thinks is her benefactor. He saved her life early on in the book and she thinks he’s looking over or for her. He even tells her which people can be potential victims and which to stay away from. She believes him to be a specter because nobody else in the family can see him. Kate’s story in itself is very interesting and drew me in. You could almost believe that she was a victim. And she was, but not after 30 killings. She definitely pushes the envelope on empathy. And I’m actually curious if her story is as good as the author writes.
The audio was pretty good. The first copy I got fell off immediately and I was scared that was how it ended! ACK! But, fortunately, it was just a strange copy, thank goodness. I only had an hour left, but stopping in the middle, especially that far into the book was a nightmare! That didn’t have anything to do with the book, fortunately, and it ended very well. The narrator, Molly King, did read a little slowly, but maybe due to so much information coming in. There are a lot of people that this family takes in, to either kill or let move along, but either way, it’s a lot. But, due to that I wound up listening at 150%. Which is a bit normal for me, as I like listening faster, but at the regular pace, it seemed extremely slow.