An innkeeper's pretty daughter is the bait used to rob and kill visitors. Nick unsuspectingly falls in love with her.



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Episode cast overview:
Belle Bleeck
Jesse Bleeck
Anthony James ...
Bart Bleeck
Dace Edwards
Jim Boles ...
Red (as James Boles)
Clyde Howdy ...
Jason Johnson ...
Douglas Kennedy ...


An innkeeper's pretty daughter is the bait used to rob and kill visitors. Nick unsuspectingly falls in love with her.

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16 October 1967 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)


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1.33 : 1
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Story based on factual case in Southeastern Kansas. The Bender family had inn that they ran that was located near Cherryvale Kansas in the late 1860's. It is believed that they murdered as many as 20 people from 1869 to 1972. It's not clear how many people they murdered. Twelve bodies were identified and a large number of body parts were found. It's not possible to estimate their total number of victims. Col. Alexander York while searching for his missing brother; Dr. William York determined that the Benders had killed his brother. He lead a posse to investigate the crime. By the time Col. York and the posse got back to the inn. The Benders had fled. Never to be found. See more »

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One of the best episodes...
23 February 2007 | by (Santa Rosa, California, USA) – See all my reviews

This episode is interesting from an historical point of view; the murderous family, the Bleecks, are obviously intended to be the Benders, the infamous predatory family who preyed on travelers in 1870s Kansas. The m.o. is the same in this episode--unwary men are lured into relaxing at the B's dinner table, which is backed by a canvas tarp, and at some point the father bashes them in the skull with a hammer. The victim's belongings are ransacked and the body is hidden. Historically, when they were discovered, the family disappeared. Rumor has it that they were "disappeared" by a mob who didn't want to wait for justice, but in the Big Valley universe they reappeared as "The Bleecks" and own an inn where two of the Barkley brothers visit. Good episode, great sixties TV.

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