The Life of Dorothea Puente

Los Angeles Moments Headline
March 28, 2011

Dorothea Puente, 82 died at the Central California Women’s Facility in which she was serving daily life devoid of parole. She was sentenced for 3 very first degree murder convictions for two everyday living phrases. She was a Sacramento boarding residence operator who was convicted of killing her tenants in the 1990’s. She died of normal brings about.

Who was Dorothea Puente?

At 64 decades previous, her grandmotherly determine, created headlines throughout the state. Hers was a macabre story that involved: buried victims in her Victorian-styled dwelling, a human body identified in the Sacramento River, and several heinous killings.

She was thought of to be 1 of the coldest and calculating woman killer that at any time lived. She was claimed to have drugged and killed her victims to accumulate on their disability checks. The total that she robbed totalled to all around $87,000 which prosecutors claimed, she had utilized for faced-elevate operations, amongst other factors.

The Early Several years

She was specified the delivery identify Dorothea Grey on January 9, 1929, in California, United states. She had alcoholic mother and father: a father, who was a cotton picker, died when she was four (4) a long time old and mother, who a prostitute, also died when she turned 6 (6). She was despatched to an orphanage immediately after the demise of her mother, where by relations claimed her numerous several years later on.

Conflicting accounts marked her early childhood. She claimed that she experienced seventeen (17) other siblings. This was not established on the other hand: what was known was that her father experienced weird tendencies of pointing a gun on his head, when he was drunk. It was also reported that she was sexually abused in the orphanage wherever she stayed.

At seventeen (17), she married and bore two (2) youngsters. The marriage was shorter-lived due to the fact the partner died of coronary heart assault soon after two (2) years. She gave up the two youngsters for adoption. She was later on caught forging checks in Riverside, but was presented parole six (6) months immediately after.

The Turbulent A long time

Soon after her introduced from parole, she was impregnated by a guy she barely understood. She once more, gave up the child for adoption. In 1952, she married a second time about – to a Swiss named Johanson. The relationship lasted for a lot more than a decade and was marked with turbulence and marital squabbles. She divorced Johanson in the mid 60’s and later on married Roberto Puente, who was nineteen (19) yrs her junior. Her marriage only lasted for two a long time due to the fact Roberto was quite often noticed cavorting with other girls.

Dorothea Puente’s fascination with managing a boarding property, started in the early 60’s when she was nonetheless married to Johanson. On the other hand, in that exact same year, she was prosecuted for taking care of a brothel and was sentenced for ninety (90) times in the Sacramento County Jail. Her turbulent era, stopped for someday when she uncovered work as nursing assist and as manager of a boarding house later on.

Prior to the split-up of her relationship to Roberto, she managed to consider above a three (3) story, sixteen (16) bed room household in Sacramento, California. She converted this into a property for the poor, unwelcome and the homeless. She nevertheless, took billed of encashing her tenant’s Social Protection checks. And this proclivity to government checks, eventually led to her reign of terror!

The Macabre Several years of Horror

The bizarre stories started off when neighbors discovered the ‘odd’ pursuits of a person named, Main, who was purportedly the handyman of Dorothea. Main was an alcoholic man, and was oftentimes witnessed digging lumps of soil and carting it absent from the basement spot of the house. The basement floors ended up then covered in concrete. Immediately after these had been all completed, Main mysteriously vanished. There was no trace of him and nothing was read of him either!

Dorothea married the third time about in 1976, a further abusive male named Pedro Montalvo. This 3rd spouse of hers was another alcoholic which contributed to the collapsed of their relationship following a few (3) months. Dorothea was upcoming observed in pubs and bars luring outdated adult men, who acquired pensions or positive aspects. She took hold of their checks, cast their signatures, and encashed the checks herself. She was inevitably nabbed, and was charged with multiple counts of fraud. She was positioned on bail, but ongoing with her unlawful actions while on probation.

Paper Trails of Murders and Illegal Actions

Authorities claimed that the sequence of murders commenced with the demise of a single Ruth Munroe, 61 many years aged, who died allegedly, of drug overdose. She experienced all over $6,000 with her when she moved in with Dorothea. She died two weeks afterwards, of Tylenol and Codeine overdose, which medics claimed ended up a very clear scenario of suicide. A thirty day period immediately after this incident, Dorothea was billed and convicted of drugging other elderly folks and robbing them. Dorothea was despatched for 5 (5) years in jail, but was unveiled three (3) several years later on. The conditions of her release specified, that she will have no get in touch with with the elderly, nor of encashing authorities checks issued to many others.

Dorothea’s pen pal while nevertheless in prison, Everson Gilmouth, a 77 year old man from Oregon, came in useful when she was afterwards introduced from prison. Everson was there to decide on her up on his red select-up truck. However, his system was later uncovered, dumped in the Sacramento River, about 5 (5) many years later on. His choose-up truck was given to a handyman, whom Dorothea hired to develop a 6 x 3 x 2 box, supposedly to shop books and other household objects. The box was then nailed shut and the handyman then served Dorothea transport the box to a close by storage spot. Nonetheless, the box was dumped by her on the river lender en route to the storage depot.

A calendar year later, the box was found by two (2) fisherfolk. They informed the law enforcement officers about the decomposing human body that they discovered within the box. Dorothea, meanwhile experienced been gathering the pension check out of Gilmouth, and wrote the members of his family members that he was unwell and simply cannot produce the letters himself.

She continued with the boarding and lodging company that catered to the homeless and alcoholics. She encashed their checks and gave them a little quantity of revenue, which they normally spent on booze on a close by pub. She then tipped the police, and experienced them arrested. Dorothea then pocketed the relaxation of their revenue for her individual use.

On November 11, 1988 the law enforcement was ready to get bodies buried in the lawns of the then 60 12 months previous Dorothea. On additional investigation, they found several other bodies buried on the basement. She was sentenced and convicted for existence with out probability of parole. She died in jail various yrs just after, of organic causes.