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Publisher Description

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.

In 1911 two wealthy British heiresses, Claire and Dora Williamson, arrived at 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 underwent brutal treatments and were emaciated shadows of their former selves.

Claire and Dora were not the first victims of Linda Hazzard, a quack doctor of extraordinary evil and greed. But as their jewelry disappeared and forged bank drafts began transferring their wealth to Hazzard’s accounts, the sisters came to learn that Hazzard would stop at nothing short of murder to achieve her ambitions.

GENRE
Nonfiction
RELEASED
2005
May 3
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
448
Pages
PUBLISHER
Crown/Archetype
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC
SIZE
9.4
MB

Customer Reviews

EricT2013 ,

Much too long!

The first quarter of the book is very interesting. But the needless detail of the trial portion of the book leaves you waiting for it to end.

Tom09113 ,

Excellent!!

Gregg Olsen's books are invariably wonderful. Starvation Heights is one of the best!!

Don Andrews ,

Macabre and very long reading

There are very few books that once I start them I stop before finishing. I read all of this but it was a very long, tedious read. The author goes into every minute detail to the point that I constantly was looking to see how many pages I had left to complete. So it became a chore rather than an enjoyable experience for me. I generally have no problem with reading many details but this was over the top in my opinion.

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