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19 February 2007

Ooh-La-La, Olalla

Another little MINI trip on Saturday. We drove to Ollalla, a little burg on the Kitsap Peninsula. It has a rather infamous history.
In the early 1900's, a quack doctor named Linda Hazzard set up a sanitarium in Olalla to "cure" people of all their illnesses. She claimed that total fasting would cure anything and everything. The end result (of course) was that people starved to death. The estimate was that about forty people died, but that is a guess. She got her "clients" to sign over their assets to her so she inherited all their earthly posessions.
Laura was eventually ratted out by one of her patients, and she went to trial and was convicted of manslaughter. She served onlyabout 8 years, and went on to open new practices.
Laura performed most of the autopsies herself, some in a bathtub. Her house is still standing, and that bathtub is still in the house. Anyone want a nice hot bath? Most of the bodies were buried in the front yard with a tree planted on the gravesites. Others were cremated in the incinerator, and others were simply thrown over a cliff.
Of course, paranormal activities have been reported in the house. The sanitorium burned down years ago.
History is wonderful.

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Blogger Nuggy's Mum said...

Hi Inamini! We are finally heading into spring. Good driving weather, unless it rains really hard! I liked the little history lesson. Happy Trails!

20 February, 2007 13:32  
Blogger KJP said...

GACK! What a tale! And here I was thinking of going on a diet! I think I will over eat instead - just in case I run into a similar doctor one day!

20 February, 2007 14:22  
Blogger Kara said...

Jesus, you know how many days it takes to starve to death? You'd think halfway through they'd get a clue. Lemmings, all of them. Not that they deserved to die, of course. I have a list of THOSE people.

20 February, 2007 16:15  
Blogger INAMINI said...

Nuggy's Mom- Yes, it seems to be here, and we have lots of little trips planned. Happy trails to you too!

kjp- I've already started over-eating for the same reason!

kara- People are quite stupid. I mean, Britney Spears and Paris Hilton! Come on!

21 February, 2007 19:53  

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