Dorothea Puente

Dorothea Puente Dorothea Puente ran a boarding house in Sacramento, California. She poisoned her elderly tenants in order to steal their Social Security checks.

Demographic Info

AKAVictimsSexEthnicityCountryTypeMotivationBirthDeath
Convicted of 3; Accused of 9; Suspected of 25+FemaleCaucasianUSAStationaryCriminal Enterprise1929/01/09 (Redlands, California, USA)2011/03/28 (Natural causes)

Bibliography

TitleAuthorSources
Bone Garden, TheWilliam P. WoodAmazon
Cooking with a Serial Killer: Recipes From Dorothea PuenteShane BugbeeAmazon
Disturbed GroundCarla NortonAmazon, Kindle eBook
Human Harvest: The Sacramento Murder StoryDaniel J. BlackburnAmazon

Blog Posts

Episode 051: The Serial Killer Cycle, Part 1

on October 21st, 2011 in Podcast Episodes, Psychology, Serial Killers by | 7 Comments

This week, we look at the serial killer cycle, a theory proposed by Joel Norris in 1988. While the theory is rather lacking in scientific testing, it ties in well with the concept of serial murder as addictive behavior, a concept I believe has considerable merit. Dr. Norris’ “Phases of…

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Episode 046: Questions & Answers II

on September 16th, 2011 in Podcast Episodes, Pop Culture, Serial Killers by | No Comments

This week, we’re having our second Questions and Answers episode. The questions we’ll answer are: How many serial killers are active at any one time? What do you think of the cultural hero-worship of some serial killers? Why do so many killers have three names? Are there many serial killers…

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Dorothea Puente Dies in Prison

on March 28th, 2011 in Serial Killers by | No Comments

Dorothea Puente, who was jailed after the bodies of severn of her elderly tenants were found buried in her backyard in Sacramento, died Sunday of natural causes. Puente was 82 years old. She was convicted in 1993 of three counts of murder. The jury deadlocked during the sentencing phase, which…

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Episode 006: Dorothea Puente

on December 3rd, 2010 in Podcast Episodes, Serial Killers by | No Comments

Detective John Cabrera had been asked by a social worker to look into the disappearance of Alvaro Montoya, a developmentally challenged schizophrenic. Montoya was a tenant of Dorothea Puente, a frail, grandmotherly-type, who seemed much older than her 59 years. Before heading to the boarding house, Cabrera pulled Puente’s file…

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Episode 005: Power/Control, Hedonistic, Mission-Oriented, Visionary

on November 26th, 2010 in Law Enforcement, Podcast Episodes, Psychology, Serial Killers by | No Comments

Ronald M. Holmes and James Deburger developed a system for categorizing serial murderers in 1998. Stephan T. Holmes joined them in developing later versions. The system is now referred to as the Holmes Typology. It was based upon the analysis of case material and interviews from 110 serial murders. Their…

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Dorothea Puente’s Almost Biographer

on October 1st, 2010 in Serial Killers by | No Comments

Sacramento’s ABC News 10 has the story of Bryan Goebel, who signed an exclusive deal with Dorothea Puente, but couldn’t get her to talk.

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Dorothea Puente is on her Deathbed

on September 25th, 2010 in Serial Killers by | No Comments

The Sacramento Bee reported today that Dorothea Puente is near death from an undisclosed illness. Puente, 81, has been jailed since 1998 when police discovered seven bodies buried under her garden. She had been killing them with prescription drug overdoses and stealing their Social Security checks. Puente has been transferred…

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Dorothea Puente’s House Sells

on September 4th, 2010 in Serial Killers by | No Comments

Barbara Holmes and Tom Williams purchased Dorothea Puente’s house at a foreclosure auction in Sacramento. In the 1980’s, the little old lady took in disabled tenants, killed them for any money they might have, and buried them in the backyard under her flower beds. Seven bodies were discovered and she…

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