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PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A PRIVATE RESIDENCE. A FAMILY DOES RESIDE HERE.
IT IS NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC OR FOR TOURS, THRILL SEEKING, ETC.
PLEASE DO NOT GO WANDERING ONTO THEIR PROPERTY WITHOUT ANY PROPER CONSENT. As there has been a rise in break-ins, we are writing this blog in hopes that Washington State paranormal teams, enthusiasts or lookie-lous stay away. Breaking and entering is killing the paranormal field with the constant thrill seeking and law breaking. Show some respect for the family, and their children, that live there.)
Photo courtesy of starvationheights.com
In the early 1900, during the era of health spas and Dr. Kellogg's sanitarium, one such sanitarium opened here in the Pacific Northwest known as Wilderness Heights aka Starvation Heights.
Dr. Linda Burfield Hazzard was an overbearing, greedy and thorough woman. It was her dream to design and build a sanitarium. She went forth and created Wilderness Heights. Hidden within the forest of evergreen was the start of her dream. However, the only notoriety she would later receive were for her acts in starving her patients down to dilirium, having them sign over their wealth, and finally starving them off to death.
In further attempts to achieve the financial wealth needed to back her dream, she forged wills and death certificates at the end of her patients life. It is to be believed that 40+ patients fell victim to her vegetable broth fast and organ plummeling "massages."
Dr. Hazzard firmly believed that starvation was the cure all for disease, and many fled quick to try it. She wrote a successful book; "Fasting for the Cure of Disease", which you can still find references too when searched for on the internet, as some doctors still stand behind her medical theories of starvation for acheiving full health. After becoming sick herself, Dr. Hazzard eventually succumb to her own fasting cure.
Nothing remains of the Sanitarium, but for a cement foundation that was previously the incinerator, a few random foundations, and at one time the cabin Dr. Hazzard resided in. Unfortunately, as of 2008, according to WSPIR's website, the cabin has also finally come down. All that's left is the new home, that the current family that who owns the property, has built to live in.
WSPIR: Washington State Paranormal Investigations and Research were invited to do an investigation at Wilderness Heights; a.k.a. "Starvation Heights", by the current owners. WSPIR has since hosted a return investigations, and invited APART along to accompany them.
At the location we, APART, assisted WSPIR with the investigation of Dr. Hazzard's original cabin house. This house was the beginning of a long painful nightmare for many people. It had since turned into warm and loving family home, only to finally decay into a carcus of wooden bare bones well weathered in our wet Pacific Northwest. (Please note, the family STILL resides on the property. It is not vacant and open to trapsing around on!!!)
We were able to participate in the two sub sequential investigations since the initial WSPIR investigation. We feel very fortunate to be apart of such an astounding portion of Washington State history as well as being trusted enough to join in on such a sensational and emotional event. You can read part one of WSPIR's experiences on their website by clicking their link listed above. This is a deep thanks, filled with gratitude, to allow us the opportunity to to accompany them.
References to this case can be found:
Starvation Heights – Gregg Olsen
http://www.myspace.com/doctorhazzard – Good site to go see photos of some of her victims, her tale, etc.
This is a great example why our paranormal organization never investigates cemeteries or abandoned buildings. There are just to many significant public locations to schedule an investigation. The only logical reason that "Paranormal Groups" go to these locations and then post their "Evidence" on YouTube and MySpace is because they cannot get an investigation at a legitimate location. This also encourages people to go to these locations looking for a thrill as well. They figure that if a paranormal group went there, then it must be haunted. It's this type of investigating from "Paranormal Groups" that damages the credibility of paranormal investigating for everyone. If you have a paranormal group that cannot schedule legitimate investigations, then maybe you should consider disbanding and then join a group that can get legitimate investigations. You will be doing yourself and this field a service by following this advice.
And I completely disagree with your opinion. We have one cemetery that we investigate at that we do training at. We go there to test new equipment. We are not there over night, matter of fact the longest we have been there is about 30 minutes. We are respectful and careful about what we do and say there. If there are visitors there then we do not disturb them. I do not have listed on our site where this is because we don't want anyone to vandalize the place. Now I do not like those that go there to disturb the resting and other visitors.
So there is more than one logical reason to investigate a cemetery.
I agree with Ryan. I prefer abandoned locales, specifically for the lack of human contamination. I love cemeteries, despite the fallacy of why they would or would not be active, I constantly pull great data from them. I prefer locations such as this over residential investigations as the infectious thrill seeker mentality is very much alive in homeowners as it is from wannabe investigators. Just this week we showed up to an emergency residential to find a full blown party in progress at the home. It was a big deal to invite all their friends to see the "ghost hunters" in action. It also came to light that they were staggering local investigative groups across various days. I'm sure that it will be great entertainment for all, but that is not what I or my group is about.
At any rate, the term "legitimate investigation" is a subjective descriptor meaning different things to different people. I do understand and sympathize with the fact that thrillseekers that trespass, vandalize, and otherwise destroy supposedly haunted locations have to some degree damaged the client/investigator model. Odds are good that if a group is going to go through the trouble of forming and setting up protocols, then they likely won't fall into the damaging thrillseeker category. Some might, but I do not think it is as widespread as it appears to be.
To me, it goes back to the basic precepts of common sense. If you feel like a location might become compromised as a result of posting data from it, then efforts should be made to protect the location and/or details of it. Some owners welcome public disclosure, some require anonymity, and others completely prohibit it. We respect their wishes above all.
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