This epidemic was one of the most peculiar cases of mass psychosis, hysteria and inquisition since the Middle Ages.
1 The history of Winslow Washington
1.1 A once prosperous mining town goes bust 1.2 Frontier justice
2 The setting - the isolated town of Winslow, WA
3 The characters
3.1 Hazel Winslow
3.2 Sean Adair
3.3 Pard Holloway
3.4 Sheriff Nate Winslow
3.5 Veterinarian Reed Simmons
3.6 Patience Mathers
3.7 Tanner Holloway
3.8 Kenny Clark
3.9 Hawkin Rhone
4 The madness
4.1 Initial events
4.2 The madness spreads like wild fire
5 Documentation on the strange true story
5.1 The Stepstone Bee newspaper article
5.2 A Plague of Madness by G.F. Olson
5.3 The Winslow Incident by Elizabeth Voss
The history of Winslow, Washington
A once prosperous mining town goes bust
The setting - Winslow, Washington
Hazel Winslow: Seventeen, willowy, long strawberry blond hair, hazel eyes. She is a firecracker—tough, but with a sweet streak. She plans to leave "this one horse town" as soon as she turns eighteen, and suspects that just like her mother she won’t miss anything that she leaves behind. She worries her boyfriend Sean Adair will never leave Winslow.
Sean Adair: Seventeen, tall and lanky, long brown hair, brown eyes. Sean is basically a good kid who wouldn't pass up a bit of trouble, including a tangle with Hawkin Rhone a few years back from which Sean barely escaped. He adores his girlfriend Hazel, but worries she’ll grow bored of him.
Pard Holloway: A large man, and the bull-headed owner of Holloway Ranch. He is the first to take drastic action when the plague strikes. Keeping this incident out of the news, and keeping Holloway Ranch’s reputation in tact are his main concerns. He is Hazel and Tanner Holloway’s uncle, and a man used to calling the shots.
Sheriff Nate Winslow: Hazel’s father, who is quickly overcome by the lunacy and struggles to keep his wits while hunting a creature that's been haunting the woods.
Veterinarian Reed Simmons: The only medical professional in Winslow, the thin and bespectacled Vet is the first to realize the magnitude of the crisis. Instead of helping his friends and neighbors, the delusional Simmons hides in his home attempting to stay out of the whole mess.
Patience Mathers: Seventeen, long dark hair, beautiful doll-like features. Patience is exceedingly superstitious, and goes to extreme lengths to make her best friend Hazel realize that her dire premonitions are finally coming true.
Tanner Holloway: Pale, ice blue eyes, blond surfer hair, Tanner Holloway is a little weasel. He'd been sent to his Uncle Pard’s for the Summer to straighten out and fly right. The only two things Tanner looks out for are a himself and a good time.
Kenny Clark: Holloway ranch hand who takes his job and himself very seriously. There's been bad blood between Kenny and Sean ever since they fought in 2006. Kenny wears stonewashed jeans, too tight t-shirts and his favorite band is Bon Jovi.
Hawkin Rhone: Ever since the baker was run out of town in 1989, rumor, conjecture and wild imaginations have transformed him into Winslow’s own bogeyman. The children of Winslow live in great fear of Hawkin Rhone.
The lunacy spreads like wildfire
And seventeen-year-old Hazel Winslow was forced to navigate this surreal nightmare, terrified of losing her own mind, struggling to save her family and friends from themselves and the others.
Documentation on the strange true story
The Stepsone Bee - newspaper article
A Plague of Madness, The Strange True Account of
The Winslow Incident by Elizabeth Voss
© 2011 cum grano salis
The fine print: THE WINSLOW INCIDENT is a work of fiction.
Names, characters, places and incidents are either the product of the author’s imagination, or, if real, used fictitiously.
THE WINSLOW INCIDENT is inspired by historical accounts of entire villages gone mad including:
The Mass Hallucinations in Pont-Saint-Esprit, The Salem Witch Trials, among others. SEE: Historical Accounts of Remarkable Events
All information on this website about Winslow Washington, especially this page, should be taken with a grain of salt.
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