😱 The spooky story of Starvation Heights

😱 The spooky story of Starvation Heights

"Doctor" Linda Burfield Hazzard in a very low-tech mug shot.

What Seattle is talking about

A one-way ticket to Starvation Heights. A “doctor” named Hazzard. Fifty days of eating nothing more than vegetable broth. What could go wrong?

Much like today, self care was all the rage back in the early 20th century, and practices like fasting and cleansing were commonplace. Seattle’s most infamous quack doctor, Linda Burfield Hazzard, used those fads to her evil advantage.

Even though she lacked a medical degree, Hazzard started practicing medicine on Capitol Hill before setting up a sanitarium on the Kitsap Peninsula. There, she lured wealthy health nuts into a “treatment” of starvation and abuse, all while plotting ways to scheme her way into their wills and estates.

Among her dozen or so victims: Daisey Maud Haglund, the 38-year-old mother of a toddler named Ivar who went on to become Seattle’s king of fish and chips. A recent Stranger story explores the connection between Hazzard and Ivar, who reportedly continued to receive starvation treatments after his mother’s death in 1908.

In the end, Hazzard ended up being convicted of manslaughter and served a mere two years in prison at Walla Walla. She died of starvation herself in her 70s, and some remnants from her “Starvation Heights” sanitarium still stand in the tiny town of Olalla.

In other news…

Major League Soccer’s grand finale is coming to Seattle next weekend. The Sounders just stamped a ticket to their third MLS Cup appearance in four seasons, and it will be the first time in club history that the final is played here in Seattle. Kickoff against Toronto FC is set for noon Sunday, Nov. 10, at CenturyLink, and tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. tomorrow. (KOMO)

Seattle is taking action against a new Trump administration rule that would make it more difficult for cash-strapped immigrants to get a waiver for the $725 fee that usually comes along with applying for U.S. citizenship. Citizen rights advocates say the policy change “effectively creates a wealth test for citizenship.” (Crosscut)

King County’s new-ish trailhead direct bus service was a smashing success in its second year, boasting a 75 percent bump in the number of hikers who were bused to local trailheads. Supporters say routes serving Renton and Tukwila were especially effective at helping people from marginalized communities access the beauty in our region’s backyard. (Curbed)

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Around town


👯 Do the hustle at a Halloween disco dance party (Capitol Hill)

🍹 Check out the scene at a spooky speakeasy (Pioneer Square)

🎉 Dress up to celebrate this local troll’s 29th birthday (Fremont)

😱 Get seriously spooked at a haunted house (All Over)

🍷 Sip some tasty local vintages at Hallowine night (West Seattle)


🇲🇽 Dance, eat, and get out the vote at this Dia de Los Muertos celebration (Beacon Hill)

🧘 Learn to reclaim your attention at this panel talk (First Hill)

👹 Gather your ghoulish friends for costume skate night (White Center)

🍺 Donate food and drink beer for a good cause (Capitol Hill)


🌈 Celebrate queer and trans artists at this opening reception (Hillman City)

🌳 Plant trees for future generations during Green Seattle Day (All Over)

🎖️ Listen to stories from vets at this special open mic (First Hill)

🎶 Light up the night at this Lizzo laser show (Lower Queen Anne)


🌎 Hear about the connection between mental health and climate change (Downtown)

🎺 Brunch and sway at this jazzy morning event (First Hill)

💀 Celebrate Dia de Muertos at this community festival (Lower Queen Anne)

🍫 Journey from bean to bar in this chocolate making class (Pike Place)


🏠 Learn about foster care from experts at the YMCA (Downtown)

🌌 Use the force at this Star Wars original trilogy night (Fremont)

🤠 Bring your boots and belt buckles and learn to line dance (Green Lake)

🍹 Create your own tasty cocktail bitters at this class (Central District)


😢 Join this workshop series on growing your emotional intelligence (Capitol Hill)

💼 Network with professionals using technology to create social impact (Pioneer Square)

🎲 Check your privilege while playing a new board game (Capitol Hill)

One more thing...

Dia de Los Muertos officially begins today, but Seattle will celebrate the traditional Mexican holiday all weekend long. From a big festival at Seattle Center to the installation of a community altar at El Centro de la Raza, this roundup offers plenty of ways to pay tribute to those who have passed on.

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