Starvation Heights: A True Story of Murder and Malice

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Little, Brown Book Group, Oct 4, 2012 - True Crime - 160 pages

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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User Review  - shannon.dolgos - LibraryThing

Two well-off sisters decide to go to the spa to get their health on track, when in reality their health problems were minimal. Their treatment began at their apartment, while the spa was getting ... Read full review

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User Review  - jen.e.moore - LibraryThing

A fascinating story about a case I've never heard of before, about a female "fasting specialist" who either was a serial killer or had the worst luck with patients. Read full review

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About the author (2012)

New York Times bestselling author Gregg Olsen has written eight non-fiction books, six novels and has contributed a short story to a collection edited by Lee Child. The award-winning author has been a guest on US and international television shows discussing crime.

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