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THE CAST OF CHARACTERS
Frank and Mollie Hurt

Frank HurtFrank Hurt, twenty-one in 1903, was a friendly, tall, handsome, fair-haired, blue-eyed young man. He, like many of the Holy Rollers, had belonged to the Methodist Church until joining the Salvation Army--it’s not known whether the Methodists begrudged the Salvation Army the members it wooed away. Frank was also a devoted follower of Creffield’s before that summer, and left not only the Salvation Army to go to Smith Island, but his job as well. “Our religion [Creffield’s religion] is to help one another,” he said as explanation. He, like others in his family, wanted to do good works, and he felt he would have more opportunities to do so by following Creffield than by toiling as a shipping clerk at Ainsworth Dock in Portland.

“Creffield, our leader, is an apostle,” Frank Hurt said in awe. “The same as those mentioned in the Bible.”

Frank was engaged to Mollie Sandell, one of the first of Creffield’s followers to leave the Salvation Army to join his church. Her family were well-to-do Methodists who owned considerable property in Seattle. Mollie, twenty-two in 1903, a slight woman with gray eyes and light-colored hair, had left the Methodist Church two years earlier to join the Salvation Army. She had recently reached the rank of Captain when she resigned her commission to follow Creffield.

Mollie’s twenty-six-year-old sister, Olive, another former Methodist turned Salvation Army soldier, also came to Smith Island.

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Frank Hurt's Commitment & Asylum Records

Maud Hurt's Commitment & Asylum Records

Photos on the right are stills from How the Fire Fell, Edward P. Davee’s movie based on the Holy Rollers.

 

Most were taken by Destiny Lane.
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Frank Hurt's House

Frank & Mollie Hurt
Sara Robbin & Jon Ashley Hall as
Mollie & Frank Hurt

Frank, Mollie & Ruth Hurt
Jon Ashley Hall, Sara Robbin &
Adeline Christensen as Frank, Mollie & Ruth Hurt

OV Hurt's House

Frank and Maud Hurt
Jon Ashley Hall and Maren McGuire as Frank and Maud Hurt

Mollie, Ruth & Frank Hurt

Sara Robbin, Adeline Christensen & Jon Ashley Hall as
Mollie, Ruth & Frank Hurt

Frank Hurt on the PorchJon Ashley Hall as Frank Hurt

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Jon Ashley Hall

Jon Ashley Hall

Sara Robbin

Sara Robbin

 

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

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The Cast of Characters
Photos and Bios of the Holy Rollers

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Holy Rollers' Asylum Commitment Papers

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Info for Book Groups

Book Reviews

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1903 to 1907 Newspaper Articles About the Holy Rollers

1906 Editorial Calling for Gun Control
After Multiple Murders Involving the Holy Rollers

Stewart Holbrook Holy Rollers Article

Advertisements from 1893 to 1913

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Oregon Insane Asylum
Where the Holy Rollers Were Committed

Creffield, Brainwashing & Thought Reform

Early Cases of Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity

1906 Autopsies Of Holy Rollers
Forensics Before CSI

Holy Roller Bizarre Divorce Decree
Hartley describes trying to kill his wife's lover

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Comedians on Edmund Creffield

The Shadow Testament
A Play About The Holy Rollers

How the Fire Fell
A Movie About The Holy Rollers

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Life in Corvallis in the early 1900s

Life in Waldport, OR in early 1900s

Heaven's Gate

Facts & Stats about 1906
And How The Holy Rollers Measured Up

Oregon State Penitentiary
Where Creffield Was Incarcerated

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Info about Cults

Could you ever be lured into joining a cult?

Share your thoughts about, and experiences with, cults

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Creffield's Preachings

Creffield Vs. Crefeld

The Salvation Army Opening Fire in 1886

Holy Roller Theology

Reverend Knapp's Bible Songs of Salvation & Victory
Songs Sung by the Holy Rollers

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About the Authors

Theresa (T-) McCracken

Robert B. Blodgett

In addition to writing, McCracken is a cartoonist.

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