Starvation Heights

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Linda Burfield Hazzard and her husband Sam ran a sanitarium in the 1900s. Hazzard believed in “therapeutic fasting,” or treating illness with extreme starvation. More than 40 patients died as a result of this treatment. Hazzard also was convicted of forging patients’ wills in order to steal their valuables. The building’s foundation is said to remain, as well as the incinerator where bodies were burned. Spirits of many patients haunt the grounds, including young boys Jeff and Kyle. “Starvation Heights” by Gregg Olsen is a history about Hazzard, which also has been made into a play. A brief history of Hazzard also was mentioned on Season 4 of Ghost Hunters, and she was profiled on the TV show “Deadly Women” on the Investigation Discovery Network.

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    47.426999574, -122.550156442
    United States

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    Kitsap County, Washington
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    1. I live right by this place — on the same street, even — and have walked by it several times without realizing it was the location of Starvation Heights. I believe it’s all buried in the forest now and difficult to access, but I’m gonna try to get pictures soon.

    2. Went there back in 2009 at about 1130pm, got my jacket tugged by something while walking away from the house to get in my car. Never knew a V6 could drive like a V12 until then 🙂

    3. Where is the location??!! I’ve been to the cemetery several times but would love to know where the house and hospital/incinerator is located in proximity to the cemetery

      • Jacob, I believe. the coordinates lead to a cemetery in the woods. Pull over on the gravel shoulder and walk up the road until you find a few low stone markers for a trailhead – the trail should be leading uphill, parallel to the road initially. Keep following it for a few yards and you’ll end up in the cemetery. Supposedly it’s where the patients of the sanitarium were buried, but I don’t have any info that actually confirms that.

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