Archive for March 30th, 2011

Dorothea Puente, Serial Killer Dies At 82

Dorthea Puente

Dorothea Puente, boarding house operator who killed tenants, died at age 82 on Sunday March 27, 2011.

Her macabre story, including allegations that she buried several victims in the yard of her Victorian-style home a few blocks from the state Capitol, made headlines across the country.

At 64, Puente was tried for nine murders after police unearthed seven bodies around her home. Two more bodies, including that of a former boyfriend found in a box in the Sacramento River, were discovered later. After a five-month trial, jurors deadlocked in 1993 on six of the murder charges.


Puente ran a boarding house during the 1980s and cashed the Social Security checks of her elderly and mentally disabled boarders. When tenants complained, they were killed and buried in the yard. Puente maintained her innocence, claiming that they died of natural causes, but was found guilty and imprisoned. In 1998, she began exchanging letters and recipes with Shane Bugbee who later published her recipes in the 2004 book.


Crime Library Story

Another example showing that serial killers come in many shapes, sizes, sexes and ages.

Many people found humor in her being able to release a cookbook from prison. It was not looked at, by many, as murderabilia. I a unsure why, maybe her age?

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