CA CA -Serial Killer Dorothea Puente dies

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  1. believe09

    believe09 Active Member

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    Anyone else remember this case? Dorothea opened a boarding house and would kill her tenants for their social security checks. They excavated her back yard and found 7 bodies-she was charged with three murders. I wonder why she did not receive the DP?

    http://www.kcra.com/r/25150035/detail.html
     
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  3. Gozgals

    Gozgals New Member

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    Believe, remember the case well. I think they did a Law and Order on it too. Reminds me of "Arsenic and Old Lace" to some degree.

    Interested too as to why she did not get the DP. How very horrid.

    May her victims rest in peace.

    Goz
     
  4. fran

    fran Former Member

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    I remember this case.

    I looked around and it seems she didn't get the DP because she was originally tried for 9 murders and only convicted of 3. As for the DP, perhaps this may explain it:


    [ame]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorothea_Puente[/ame]
    After several days of deliberations, the jury reached a deadlocked. The judge, Michael J. Virga, declared a mistrial when the jury said further deliberations would not change their minds. Under the law, Puente would get Life without the Possibility of Parole, of which the jury eventually agreed on 7-5.


    Wow! The jury in her trial deliberated for over a month! I can't even imagine that.

    JMHO
    fran
     
  5. passionflower

    passionflower Just 1 tip to find a killer

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    Was there ever a book out about her?
    Women serial killers were rare in the 180's?
    She's my mothers age.
     
  6. believe09

    believe09 Active Member

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    I have seen several representations of her story, but mainly on TV. She was stone cold.
     
  7. luckygirl

    luckygirl New Member

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    Yes, I sure do remember this case. I lived in the Sacramento area around that time. I also remember having to be in downtown Sac for something and ended up driving by her house. She was definatly one of those people you would never guess just how evil they are. I'm actually surprised to hear she is still alive.
     
  8. Oblio

    Oblio Member

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    I was just speaking of this with coworkers. When this was on the local Sacramento news they kept calling it "Nightmare on F street" and I remembered it since I keep seeing previews for Nightmare on Elm Street.
     
  9. tapu

    tapu Pretty scary.

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    I took a look at her house when I was in Sacto, too. I was surprised that she was able to do all that burying there. It's right in town. That was an especially freaky story if you were living in CA at the time.

    OMG, I just remembered: my ex-girlfriend was a member of that jury! We weren't much in touch then, but she's a writer and I know she was planning a book. I don't think she ever did it, though. There IS a book out, though.

    I can't believe I didn't remember that until now. Well, the intervening years have been even more exciting. ;)
     
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    SavageGrace New Member

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    I've heard that some members of the jury had a hard time seeing past her "grandmotherly" appearance and that is why she was given life instead of death.
     
  11. impatientredhead

    impatientredhead New Member

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    I just did some reading on her. There were no witnesses to the deaths, no cause of death for the majority because of the time that had gone by. Her own attorney said the victims died in the house and his client was guilty of hiding the deaths and cashing the checks (which she was not charged for).

    The trial took over a year to present.
     
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    noZme Active Member

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    Welcome to WS!

    Overall she may have appeared grandmotherly, but every pic gives me shivers.... she has the coldest eyes since Charles Manson's.
     
  13. Gozgals

    Gozgals New Member

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    I believe this could be a reason too. It would be hard to be on a jury with someone of her age. It took them a month to come to a verdict according to Fran's post. Unreal. I feel that age was a factor.

    I can't believe she is still alive.

    Goz
     
  14. tapu

    tapu Pretty scary.

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    That's what I was going to say, too, Goz. My first thought when I saw she was "near death" was: My god, Dorothea Puente is just now dying??

    I'm going to look up my ex on the net and see if there's anything about her and this. She's published other books, and I'm sure she must be a big blogger. I'll bring links if I find anything of interest.

    LATER: She's there, in Salon, and gardening books, and stuff, but nothing about the Puente case. Shoot.
     
  15. SunnieRN

    SunnieRN Active Member

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    I also lived in Sacramento at the time. I couldn't believe the crowds of people around her house, for the longest time. I remember people were taking pieces of her fence and stuff, as 'trophies' to remember her by. I as others have stated, am shocked she is still alive!
     
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    I think this is the lady who played the grandma act, fooled the detective into letting her go get a cup of coffee, but instead ran off and it took them awhile to find her.
     
  17. SavageGrace

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    Yeah, that's her. Then while on the run she tried to hook-up with a man; started asking him about his pension. P-S-Y-C-H-O. :crazy:
     
  18. LinasK

    LinasK Verified insider- Mark Dribin case

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    By Kim Minugh - kminugh@sacbee.com
    Dorothea Puente, one of Sacramento's most notorious killers, is close to death, according to authorities.
    The 81-year-old is being cared for at an undisclosed hospital, said Terry Thornton, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Thornton confirmed that Puente is sick with an illness, but said she could not be specific because of patient privacy rights.

    Read more: http://www.mercedsunstar.com/2010/09/24/1583023/dorothea-puente-close-to-death.html#ixzz10ngh1rmA
     
  19. JoeFromLB

    JoeFromLB Well-Known Member

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    chemcopout New Member

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    Quiche New Member

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    My prayer is for her victims, their families, and her neighbors. That is all.
     

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