In this November 17, 1988 file photograph, boarding House murder suspect Dorothea Montalvo Puente appears for arraignment in Sacramento, California Municipal Court. Sheriff Deputy Lori Aquitania stands on the left.
Turner Publishing Company recently released the book again two decades after the first publication of the work, which offers an insider’s look at the murders committed by Dorothea Montalvo Puente, who ran a boardinghouse in midtown.
Folks looking for a cheap place to stay in Sacramento during the 1980s would often end up at Dorothea Montalvo Puente’s Victorian-style home on F Street. And when the front door opened, potential boarders were greeted by a bespectacled woman who looked like a kind grandmother. Little did they know that Puente was a who had a habit of murdering her tenants and burying their bodies in the yard.