By Uncle Creepy
June 6th, 2011
Hungry for a good book-to-film adaptation? Lord knows they’re few and far between, but hopefully the true crime tale of Dr. Linda Burfield Hazzard will do a lot in terms of satisfying your hunger for murder.
The news broke today that Eric Thompson’s Vigilante Entertainment has optioned New York Times bestselling author Gregg Olsen’s book Starvation Heights for a feature film adaptation. For it Thompson will reunite with Rites of Spring director Padraig Reynolds.
For those not familiar with the back story …
The setting is a forested wilderness in the Northwest, circa 1911. The villain is a tall, egotistical woman doctor with an imposing jawline and a fierce will to dominate others. The victims are two wealthy English sisters, gullible health faddists after the fashion of those who flocked to Dr. Kellogg’s sanitarium in Battle Creek, Michigan. But unlike Dr. Kellogg’s comparatively gentle method of diet plus enemas, Dr. Hazzard’s method was to literally starve her patients to death—and then defraud them of their valuables. Acclaimed true-crime writer Jack Olsen calls this book “a literary and journalistic achievement of the highest order” and says, “Gregg Olsen reinforces his standing as one of America’s greatest crime reporters, evoking the early twentieth century with a master’s touch. No reader will ever forget Dr. Linda Burfield Hazzard and her sadistic technique of mass murder by starvation.”
Look for more on this one soon!