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Starvation Heights
Starvation Heights: A True Story of Murder and Malice | Gregg Olsen
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.
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DebinHawaii
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#RedRoseSeptember #catchup
This book has been in my Kindle #TBR ‘stack‘ for a couple of years now. 📚📚😬📚I bought it for the true crime & Pacific Northwest setting. Linda Hazzard (known as the “Starvation Doctor”) claimed that starvation diets & other treatments were a #Remedy for a number of diseases & medical complaints. She took their money & slowly starved people to death at Wilderness Heights, her Olalla, WA sanitarium in the early 1900s.

BookNAround There‘s a great Stuff You Missed in History Class (I think) podcast episode about this. 2mo
Chrissyreadit My favorite murder also has a podcast episode. The book is in my kindle TBR. I can‘t believe how much that woman got away with! 2mo
Hooked_on_books It‘s good! Very disturbing. 2mo
arlenefinnigan Wow. Disturbing. 2mo
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MatschMomma
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Bailedbailed

One word .....painful. I'm not sure if the story didn't hold enough or the author was that bad but my God this drug on and on.
Do yourself a favor and skip this it's just torture.

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LGal

"John Kellogg and the breakfast bunch must be reveling in a chortle over everything they read and heard out of Olalla."

A lighter line in a very sad tale.

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jen_hayes7
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One of my favorite things to research before vacation is finding reads that take place in the city or area I‘m visiting. I‘ve had this book on my nook for awhile and was heading to visit family in Seattle so I thought it‘d be a good time to start it. Little did I know that we‘d head west and drive past several of the other cities in this book. I heard about Dr. Hazzard on MFM and was so intrigued,I picked up this book. It did not disappoint. #MFM

megnews I do the same thing. 6mo
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Sweettartlaura
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3.5⭐️ - a little too long.
Otherwise this book was a pleasant surprise. I‘m not native to the PNW, so I love reading things set here, especially history.
This also held my interest better than I expected. While I do think it ran a little long & was repetitive at times, overall the details added to the story.
Definitely a good read for Puget Sound locals, and for true crime fans - you won‘t forget Dr. Hazzard & her nefarious deeds any time soon.

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Sweettartlaura
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Such a great description of Mount Rainier & #tacoma. And I think, 100 years later, Tacoma is perfectly comfortable with not being Seattle 😏😎

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jlondon1963
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1911 𝘔𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘭 murderess in the Pacific Northwest. The story is about two very rich and eccentric British sisters who get taken in by a quack running a starvation diet. One sister dies and the other surviving by a thread is rescued by her maid servant. Fascinating how people can get looped into these medical fad diets.

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jlondon1963
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1911 𝘔𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘭 murderess in the Pacific Northwest. The story is about two very rich and eccentric British sisters who get taken in by a quack running a starvation diet. One sister dies and the other surviving by a thread is rescued by her maid servant. Fascinating how people can get looped into these medical fad diets.

JosieG I live in Washington State, and I swear, so much creepy stuff has happened here in the past. It's weird, because the state is so wonderful. It just doesn't fit the atmosphere. 😱 1y
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kelseynicburke
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There‘s something uniquely terrifying about a doctor or health professional that kills their patients. Although technically neither of these two were real doctors, just convincing con artists 😬

tjwill That is insane! 1y
Tanisha_A Shuddering! 1y
ladym30 Scary!! 1y
CouronneDhiver Yes. Terrifying, indeed. I read a good book about someone like that recently 1y
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Lyn-Mara
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This true story is sooo creepy. Isolation has always been one of my greatest fears. I‘m convinced anything can happen in the dark,deep woods.

JoScho Oh me too! Like no thank you! 2y
AmyG Sounds like a good book. Creepy as hell. 2y
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Rissa1
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Pickpick

This book wasn't amazing, but it was interesting. I can tell you I won't be signing up for any weird weight loss plans. It is crazy the way people fall under others control. ☠

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Rissa1
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The last book I need to finish to meet my goal. Number 85!!

suvata 🎉👍🏻🎊👏🥂 2y
No_One Oh! I have this on my TBR list and I was pondering listening to the audiobook. It sure seems like a fascinating story! 2y
Rissa1 It is interesting. 2y
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Rissa1
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This is crazy.

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Chocamanda
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The above image is of Dorathea Williamson, taken shortly before she was rescued by her family nurse, and during the time she was undergoing Linda Hazzard's "fasting treatment". While I found this book fascinating, perhaps another take on this story from a feminist/new historicist lens would give a more well-rounded view of the women on both sides of the case. This book was terrifying, and much of the ideas Hazzard put forth still resonate today.

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Chocamanda
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At work, making candy and starting the audio version of this true crime gem. The irony is not lost on me 😐

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DebinHawaii
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An Acai bowl--my Aloha Friday breakfast of choice, along with a coffee press of Maui Mokka Peaberry coffee. I like the pretty strawberry flower on this one. 🍓🌺 A few pages of this book which seems quite intriguing (history and true crime, set in Washington State) before finishing some work projects. I am more than ready for the weekend.😬

Mimi28 Enjoy!! 😊😊 2y
Daisey These bowls always look amazing! 2y
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Hooked_on_books
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I love true crime! Really, I would choose In Cold Blood as the best, but I already see it well represented here (appropriately), so I give you Starvation Heights, the story of a woman whose "miracle treatment" for many ailments was starving people to death. A fascinating historical true crime which took place near Seattle.

#SEEWHATIHAVEWON

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BookishJess
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Oh! One more for #aprilbookshowers...

Gregg Olsen is a #localauthor and this book is about some chilling local history. #TBR

CocoReads I've always wanted to read this--I've read a few of his novels and they're really good but I don't think I've read any of his true crime. 3y
BookishJess @CocoReads I haven't read any of his books yet but this is the one I'll probably start with. I'm not really into true crime but I've been wanting to read this one for a while. 3y
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Seattlejulie
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This book was an eye opener for me. Read it for book club. Highly recommend!

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