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 Hazzards 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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I live in Bremerton right next to ololla! And this book is amazing
This was written well and read well. I enjoyed learning about the legal proceedings of the era as well as the "looking for a cure" mindset of the era. In the end I was not sure if the Dr was a fraud, evil or just greedy. I think probably all 3 but perhaps she was just greedy and misguided. Who knows
If you like non-fiction audio books you will like this. One of the few the readers don't screw up.
I could not stop listening! This book took me through such a wide range of emotions and I almost didn't want to get it. I am so glad I did. This was a sad case of abuse and torture, and the scary thing was how this woman would isolate these poor, trusting people. I felt my blood boil over what she was allowed to get away with and i cheered when she finally got caught!