Meet the author of 'Murder & Mayhem in Seattle'


Meet the author of Murder & Mayhem in Seattle, Teresa Nordheim!

1.            Please give us a brief description of your book, Murder and Mayhem in


Murder and Mayhem in Seattle isn’t your average history book. It takes the reader on a journey through time and gives them a glance into the corrupt side to the city. These are the areas in history that many cities try to hide deep in the archives, for they don’t appeal to the average tourist.
The journey begins with the founding settlers battling the Native Americans for land and natural resources.  Along the way, readers will learn about the great Seattle fire, doctors starving patients, police and political corruption, serial killers, and so much more.

2.            What prompted you to write this book?

I’ve always had a passion for taking on difficult subject matter, like history, murder or mayhem, and making it interesting and fun for the readers.  I also have a bit of a dark side, which seeks the truth about the connections between paranormal activities and traumatic events. This, combined with an excellent editor and being a Washington native, the book came to life.

3.            What is the most shocking thing that you learned in writing this book?

I was surprised to learn that over 50% of the world’s serial killers come from within a 200-mile radius of Seattle.  FBI profiler, John Douglas once called the area, “America’s killing fields” and the stats are surprisingly high even if you take Gary Ridgeway and Ted Bundy out of the equation.
Many of those killer still reside in Washington state at various correctional facilities.

4.            Who do you think is the most interesting person in Seattle’s seedy history? Why?

It’s difficult to pick just one, but I would have to say I keep coming back to Dr. Linda Hazzard and Starvation Heights. I find a great number of people have never heard this name, and yet this murderess got away with at least fourteen kills, a full piggy bank, and very little jail time for her actions. Her second victim was Ivar Haglund’s mother Daisy. How might this have influenced his desire to feed the people of the Pacific Northwest?

5.            How do you think the murder and mayhem of Seattle’s past helped shape the city today?

When I think of the Spring of 1889 in the city of Seattle, the story of the Phoenix from Greek mythology comes to mind. A beautiful city combusted into flames when a bucket of glue hit the floor sparking sawdust and mayhem.  The city of Seattle was devastated, but every history book will account for the reaction of the citizens in the same manor.  They stood strong and with the help of many, including their sister city, Tacoma, Seattle was reborn and built stronger than ever before.