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A woman named Dr. Linda Burfield Hazzard ran a sanitarium back in the early 1900s. Today it’s called Starvation Heights. Her theory was that any disease could be cured by fasting. Going for weeks, sometimes months, on end without food. It is said that she intentionally starved her “patients” (Most often referred to as victims) to death. She buried them on the sanitarium grounds, planting a tree over each body. When she ran out of room for bodies, she threw them off of the cliff on the backside of the building.
Her reason for killing the “patients” was out of greed. She had wills written (some of them fake) that gave her full possession of her deceased “patients'” money and valuables. This allowed her to gain a fortune by their deaths. All that stands of the sanitarium today is the foundation and the incinerator. Trees that act as sinister headstones to the many nameless innocent people who fell victim to Linda Hazzard.
Reported Paranormal Activity:
The family experienced some ghostly phenomena over the years. On one occasion, the woman who lived in the house was in the kitchen cooking dinner. She was facing the stove, which was against one wall. The bathroom door was behind her. She moved back and forth between a counter on her left and the stove for several minutes. When she turned around, she saw that every chair in the kitchen had been piled up against the bathroom door.
In the attic were several low “ledges” where the family stored small items. A psychic once said she saw the spirits of many of Hazzard’s victims sitting on the ledges, too afraid to move even in death. The psychic burst into tears several times over the anguish she felt saturated the walls of the little house.
Washington State Paranormal Investigations and Research (WSPIR) visited Starvation Heights three times during 2005-2006, and Weird Washington spoke to their President, Darren Thompson, about some of their experiences there.
The investigators also got some evidence on video and audiotape. One team recorded a video that starts inside their car, then pans outside, where the microphone recorded a muffled statement made by a team member. The video then pans back inside the car, where one can hear a strange, breathy voice, saying “Help me!” The voice could only have come from the inside of the car and was not made by team members either inside or outside of the car.
Another WSPIR team recorded pictures and audio outside of the house while walking toward a ravine where Hazzard may have hidden the victim’s bodies. Their audio recorder taped a voice that said, “Are you talking about me now?” The team members did not hear the voice at the time and continued their conversation. Another voice seemed to say, “Take us up” or “Dig us up.”
Our Paranormal Investigation:
We investigated Starvation Heights twice, once on July 16, 2011, and again on November 4, 2011.
Our report will be coming soon.
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