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Linda Hazzard

Linda Burfield Hazzard (1867–1938) was an American quack doctor noted for her promotion of fasting as a treatment; she was imprisoned by the state of Washington for a number of deaths resulting from this at a sanitarium she operated there in the early 20th century. She was born 1867 in Carver County, Minnesota, and died during a fast in 1938.


  • Career 1
  • The Earl Edward Erdman Diary 2
  • In popular culture 3
  • Deaths attributed to Hazzard 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • Further reading 7
  • External links 8


Despite her lack of a medical degree, she was licensed to practice medicine in Washington. A loophole in a licensing law grandfathered in some practitioners of alternative medicine who didn’t have medical degrees, including Hazzard.

According to her book "The Science of Fasting", Burfield studied under Edward Hooker Dewey, M.D. one of the two pioneers of fasting (the other was Dr. Henry S. Tanner M.D. who famously fasted for 42 days in 1877).

She created a "sanitarium", Wilderness Heights, in

  • Starvation Heights at the Internet Movie Database
  • Starvation Heights Official Starvation Heights website by book author Gregg Olsen.
  • Demon doctors; Physicians as serial killers
  • Full report of the State v. Hazzard appeal case

External links

  • Olsen, Gregg. Starvation Heights : The True Story of an American Doctor and the Murder of a British Heiress, Warner Books, 1997. ISBN 0-446-60341-4
  • Demon Doctors: Physicians as Serial Killers Tucson: Galen Press, Ltd., 2002.

Further reading

  1. ^ Olsen, Gregg. Starvation Heights. Warner Books, 1997.
  2. ^ Holmes, Ronald M., and Stephen T. Holmes. Serial Murder. Third Edition ed. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, Inc, 2009
  3. ^ "Woman Fast Doctor Released on Parole." The Oakland Tribune. Oakland, California. 21 Dec 1915.
  4. ^ "Convict 'Doctor' Wins a Pardon." The Eau Claire Leader. Eau Claire, Wisconsin. 6 June 1916.
  5. ^ Personal, Wanganui Chronicle, Volume LX, Issue 17037, 16 July 1917, Page 4
  6. ^ Unregistered physician, New Zealand Herald, Volume LV, Issue 16877, 15 June 1918, Page 8
  7. ^ "Erdman Diary Tells Methods of Treatment". The Seattle Daily Times. August 14, 19011. 
  8. ^ a b c d "Dr. Hazzard Attacks Medical Profession in Latest Pamphlet". The Seattle Daily Times. September 30, 1911. 
  9. ^ "Starvation Caused Woman's Death: Condition of Stomach Cancer Made it Impossible for Mrs, Fannie Haglund to Retain any Food Whatever for Many Weeks". The Seattle Daily Times. February 27, 1908. 


John Bodkin Adams - British doctor who extracted money from his patients before murdering them.

See also

  • Frank Southard[3]
  • C.A. Harrison[3]
  • Ivan Flux[3]
  • Lewis Ellsworth Rader[3]
  • Claire Williamson[3]


  • Maude Whitney[3]
  • Earl Edward Erdman<[9]


  • Blanche B. Tindall[9]
  • Viola Heaton[9]
  • Eugene Stanley Wakelin - Died from a bullet in the head on Hazzard's property. Whether she was responsible for the shooting remains unknown, though it is speculated to be the case.[3]


  • Mrs. Elgin Cox[9]
  • Daisey Maud Haglund (Mother of Ivar's restaurant founder Ivar Haglund, whose official cause of death was stomach cancer. She would have starved to death without Hazzard's assistance) [10]
  • Ida Wilcox[3]


Deaths attributed to Hazzard

In Season 1 of The Dead Files Amy Allan, a medium investigates the house once owned by Linda Hazzard, while her partner, investigator Steve DiSchiavi sheds light on much of Linda Hazzard's deeds, including description of the treatment and the process of the kind of death starvation would cause. They also present shocking photos of Dorothea Williamson before and after her hospitalization. Amy Allan, the medium, suggests that the house be torn down. The owner promises the destruction of the house. The final outcome is unknown.

In Season 2 of Mysteries at the Museum tells her story while featuring her a copy of her book Fasting for the Cure of Disease on display at the Harbor History Museum in Gig Harbor, Washington.

In Season 4 of Ghost Adventures, in the Kells Irish Pub episode, a brief history is given on Linda Hazzard and her crimes.

Dr. Hazzard is profiled through re-enactments and interviews in the Investigation Discovery Network show, "Deadly Women" in its first episode entitled "Obsession".

Hazzard is the subject of a nonfiction book, Starvation Heights, by Gregg Olsen. The book was adapted for the stage by Portland, Oregon playwright Ginny Foster. It debuted as a part of the National New Play Festival in July 2008. It was announced in January 2009 that the book was optioned by producer Jason Fogelson and Pulitzer Prize-winner Tracy Letts for a film adaptation. Letts will write the script.

In popular culture

This diet continued more or less unchanged until his hospitalization on March 28. He died that afternoon, just before his coworker was to tranfuse blood.

On March 28, 1910, Earl Edward Erdman, a City of Seattle Civil Engineer, died of starvation in the Seattle General Hospital. He had kept a diary which detailed Hazzard's treatment during the preceding weeks that provides an insight into the treatment Hazzard prescribed to her patients.[8] The following are excerpts from his diary:

The Earl Edward Erdman Diary

Linda Burfield Hazzard died in 1938 while attempting a fasting cure on herself.[3]

In 1920, she returned to Olalla, Washington and opened a new sanitarium, known publicly as a "school of health" since her medical license had been revoked,[3] and continued to supervise fasts until it burned to the ground in 1935; it was never rebuilt.

In 1912, she was convicted of Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla.[3] She was released on parole on December 26, 1915 after serving two years,[4] and the following year Governor Ernest Lister gave her a full pardon.[5] She and her husband, Samuel Christman Hazzard, moved to New Zealand, where she practiced as a dietitian and osteopath until 1920.[3] In 1917 a Whanganui newspaper reported that she held a practicing certificate from the Medical Board of the state of Washington.[6] Because she used the title Doctor she was charged in Auckland under the Medical Practitioners Act for practicing medicine while not registered to do so, found guilty and fined ₤5 plus costs.[7]

[2] that caused imbalances in the body.toxins for all manner of ills, because she was able to rid the body of panacea Local residents referred to the place as "Starvation Heights". She assured people that her method was a [1]

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