Holy Rollers: Murder and Madness in Oregon's Love Cult

by T. McCracken and Robert B. Blodgett


Maud Hurt***

Our souls cry out, hallelujah! And our faith enraptured sings,

While we throw to the breeze the standard Of the mighty King of kings.

On the vict’ry side, on the vict’ry side, In the ranks of our Loud are we;

On the vict’ry side we will boldly stand, Til the glory land we see.

From the Reverend Knapp’s Bible Songs of Salvation and Victory


Judge Frater said that unless restrained by the State Supreme Court, he intended to have Esther and Maud sent to Oregon—and there they were likely to be set free. Even though the two had been found to be lunatics by an insanity commission in Washington, the women couldn’t legally be admitted to the asylum in Oregon until an insanity commission there also declared them to be lunatics. So, if Sheriff Smith took them to their side of the Columbia River, he would have to release them, and they would be free to go wherever they wanted.


Dear Reader,

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 30: Final Chapter

Maud Hurt Creffield

Maud Hurt Creffield

Esther Mitchell


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