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By Gregg Olsen

In 1911 prosperous British heiresses, Claire and Dora Williamson, got here to a sanitorium within the forests of the Pacific Northwest to endure the progressive “fasting treatment” of Dr. Linda Burfield Hazzard. It used to be imagined to be a vacation for the 2 sisters. yet inside of a month of arriving at what the locals known as hunger Heights, the ladies have been emaciated shadows in their former selves, looking ahead to dying. They weren't the 1st sufferers of Linda Hazzard, a quack surgeon of impressive evil and greed who may cease at not anything wanting homicide to accomplish her pursuits. As their jewellery disappeared and cast financial institution drafts all started moving their wealth to Hazzard’s money owed, Dora Williamson despatched a final determined plea to a chum in Australia, begging her to avoid wasting them from the brutal remedies and lonely isolation of hunger Heights.

In this real story—a haunting saga of scientific homicide set in an period of steamships and gaslights—Gregg Olsen unearths the most strange and demanding felony instances in American historical past.

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He forced her legs apart, moved her nightdress up and placed his hand between her legs. She asked him not to hurt her and was to describe his behaviour as ‘almost respectful – he was not violent or aggressive’. His victim asked if she could go to the toilet and he allowed her to. Then he looked in all her rooms, using his torch to enable him to see in the dark. Then he went downstairs, making the old lady follow him, and on the ground floor he took a can of beer from his pocket and began to drink it.

The neighbouring homes would probably be of the same, low height, so there was no chance of being spotted by a neighbour looking down from a higher window and catching sight of Grant as he carried out his reconnaissance. On and on stretched ‘boring’ suburbia with its abundance of bungalows and homes for the elderly; the cul-de-sacs, the crescents, the tree-lined avenues were all perfect for him too. The hunting ground enjoyed by Grant was a long way from his own roots, geographically and socially.

In this case, though, Grant was unable to get into her semi-detached bungalow. It was only because of an attack near her home that police called and asked her if she had seen anything suspicious. She pointed out marks around her metal patio doors. He had failed, for once, to gain entry, although the marks he left were later to form part of the case against him. Perhaps the task was too difficult or he might have been disturbed. Either way, she had been one of the lucky ones. The same could not be said of Grant’s next victim, an 83-year-old Parkinson’s Disease sufferer – and a man.

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