Holy Rollers: Murder and Madness in Oregon's Love Cult
by T. McCracken and Robert B. Blodgett
DID ONLY WHAT THE SPIRITS COMMANDED
Headline, Seattle Star, September 18, 1906
Esther recovered, but again something delayed her being brought to trial. Frank Hurt now swore to a complaint alleging that she and his sister Maud were now insane, were insane when George Mitchell was killed, and had been insane for a number of years before that. Judge Frater immediately appointed an “insanity commission composed of experts on alienism.” It was something he had wanted to do practically from the time the two women were arrested.
Sorry. I really would love to continue this chapter and give the whole book away, but I'd also really love to sell a few books to pay the bills.Chapter 29: Poison?