Many people may have never heard of Dorothea Puente and the hideous crimes she committed during her heyday. She was born Dorothea Helen Gray on January 9, 1929. Her father died from Tuberculosis in 1937 when she was only eight years old. Her mother died the following year in an automobile accident. She was then placed in an orphanage until her relatives were able to collect her.  She has had several failed marriages with her last marriage being to Roberto Puente in 1966. The marriage only lasted two years before she purchased a three-story, 16 bedroom house in Sacremento, California. In 1981 Puente began renting an upstairs apartment at 1426 F Street in downtown Sacramento.

Dorothea Puente Murder House

It is believed that Puente went on a prowl looking for disabled and elderly men who were receiving benefit checks. She would forge their signature and take their money. She eventually was caught and charged with 34 counts of treasury fraud. This didn’t stop Puente. Even while on probation she continued her crimes. The apartment at 1426 F Street is where she did the worst of her crimes. 

Puente was accused of drugging several people and stealing from them. She did time in jail for this crime but once again that didn’t stop her from her crime spree. By this time she is now an old woman. I guess age doesn’t stop a person from killing when money and greed are all they can think about. 

Her odd activities started getting noticed by neighbors when Puente started using a homeless man named Chief as a handyman. She would have him do odd jobs in the basement and eventually tear down a garage and replace it with fresh concrete. Then Chief disappeared. A social worker of a previous tenant of Puente reported the man missing. This sent the police to search the property where they found a gruesome discovery. 

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Dorothea Puente

Dorothea Puente was eventually charged with 9 counts of murder but only convicted of 3. Pixabay

Gruesome Discovery

The police were sent to the apartment at 1426 F Street looking for a developmentally disabled man with schizophrenia who was believed to be missing. While searching for the man on the property the police noticed disturbed dirt on the property, they eventually discovered the body of Leona Carpenter. Seven other bodies were eventually found and Puente was charged with nine counts of murder. She was only convicted of killing three and was sentenced to two life sentences. She eventually died in prison on March 27, 2011, at the age of 82.   

Haunted House

There have been claims from current owners of the house (apartment) that Dorothea Puente has returned from the grave. The members of Ghost Adventure were able to investigate this horrible place to see if there is any truth to the matter. That episode airs tonight (October 22).

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