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THE CAST OF CHARACTERS
The Hurts: O.V., Sarah, Mae, Roy Robinett & Martha

Hurt FamilyIf there is a hero in this story, it is Orlando Victor “O. V.” Hurt who loved his family unconditionally through out the whole ordeal.

O. V., forty-five in 1903, was head salesman at Kline’s Mercantile and had once been Republican Party State Committeeman. He and Sarah (neé Starr), forty-two, had been married for twenty-three years. They had met on the Oregon Coast where Sarah had grown up.

When her family, the Starrs, including her brothers Burgess and Clarence and her sister Georgianah, had first moved to the coast in 1873, they squatted in an old Indian hut on the Siletz Indian Reservation. The Reservation was created at a time when the government was trying to "civilize" Indians. "Civilized" people were at the time defined as Christians who tilled the soil, wore cotton or wool clothing, and spoke English. The government parceled out reservations among Christian denominations, and the Methodists were given the Siletz Indian Reservation.

When they were first married, O. V. and Sarah lived at the Starrs’ homestead on the Yachats River. It was there that their three children (Frank, Maud and Mae) were born--a forth child, Mary Edna, had died in infancy. Later the Hurts moved to the reservation school, where O. V. worked as a teacher and Sarah as the matron.

Because of disharmony among the Methodists working for the Indian Agency, the Hurts left the reservation in 1893. They moved to Corvallis where they lived peacefully and happily. They were such a loving family, that when O. V. and Sarah realized that their children were soon going to be leaving home to embark on lives of their own, they adopted more--Roy Robinett, fourteen, and Martha, a baby.

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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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Sarah & O.V. Hurt

Hurt FamilyKrizia Amber, Maren McGuire, David Poland, Jacob Reehl, Jon Ashley Hall, & Alana Crow as Mae, Maud, O.V., Roy Robinett, Frank and Sarah Hurt.

O.V. Hurt
OV Hurt
David Poland as O.V. Hurt
Sarah Hurt

Sarah Hurt & the Holy Rollers
Alana Crow as Sarah Hurt

Attie Bray & Mae Hurt

Maud, Sarah & Mae Hurt
Maren McGuire, Alana Crow and Sara Robbin as
Maud, Sarah and Mollie Hurt

Martha Hurt

Sarah & OV Hurt
Alana Crow & David Poland
as Sarah & O.V. Hurt

Roy Hurt & Edmund Creffield
Roy Hurt
Jacob Reehl as Roy Robinett Hurt
Mae Hurt
Sarah & OV Hurt
Alana Crow & David Poland as
Sarah & O.V. Hurt
Hosford Homestead
Roy & OV Hurt
Jacob Reehl & David Poland as Roy Robinett & O.V. Hurt
O.V. Hurt's House
OV Hurt's House
O.V. Hurt
OV Hurt
David Poland as O.V. Hurt
Sarah Hurt
Sarah Hurt
Alana Crow as Sarah Hurt
S. L. Kline

OV Hurt
David Poland as O.V. Hurt

Hurt Family Photo

Krizia Amber, Maren McGuire, David Poland, Jacob Reehl, Jon Ashley Hall, & Alana Crow as Mae, Maud, O.V., Roy Robinett, Frank and Sarah Hurt.

David W. Poland
David W. Poland

Alana Crow
Alana Crow

Jacob Reehl

Jacob Reehl

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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.

To see some of her 'toons, go to the Home of McHumor Cartoons mchumor.com

McCracken's Blog

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