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Starvation Heights (Reprint) (Paperback) (Gregg Olsen)
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In 1911 two wealthy British heiresses, Claire and Dora Williamson, came to a sanitorium in the forests of the Pacific Northwest to undergo the revolutionary “fasting treatment” of Dr. Linda Burfield Hazzard. It was supposed to be a holiday for the two sisters. But within a month of arriving at what the locals called Starvation Heights, the women were emaciated shadows of their former selves, waiting for death. They were not the first victims of Linda Hazzard, a quack doctor of extraordinary evil and greed who would stop at nothing short of murder to achieve her ambitions. As their jewelry disappeared and forged bank drafts began transferring their wealth to Hazzard’s accounts, Dora Williamson sent a last desperate plea to a friend in Australia, begging her to save them from the brutal treatments and lonely isolation of Starvation Heights.In this true story—a haunting saga of medical murder set in an era of steamships and gaslights—Gregg Olsen reveals one of the most unusual and disturbing criminal cases in American history.
Recounts the true story of Dr. Linda Burfield Hazzard, a female con artist who ran a health spa in Ollala, Washington, in the early 1900s, and the two wealthy sisters whom she tortured, starved, and robbed of their inheritance. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.
Number of Pages: 419
Genre: True Crime, History
Publisher: Random House Inc
Author: Gregg Olsen
Street Date: May 3, 2005
Item Number (DPCI): 248-03-6418