Hotel California: Dorothea Puente’s boarding house of horrors

Last thing I remember, I was running for the door,
I had to find the passage back to the place I was before, 
Relax, said the night man, We are programmed to receive, 
You can check out anytime you like… but you can never leave

image from: sacramentoappraisalblog.com

image from: sacramentoappraisalblog.com

Such a lovely little place.

During the 1980′s this dainty Queen Anne style duplex in Sacramento, California was a boarding house for senior citizens operated by a lady named Dorothea Puente.

The only problem was that Ms. Puente never let her boarders leave…. alive.

In fact, none of the tenants made it out of their garden plots until a suspicious social worker alerted police in 1988 to the disappearance of several at-risk adults. In the end, seven dismembered bodies were found on the property. Dorothea was later convicted of murdering her tenants and burying them in her yard so she could continue to collect their social security checks.

image from: www.dailymail.co.uk

image from: www.dailymail.co.uk

Newspapers dubbed her the “Death House Landlady”.

Dorothea’s track record wasn’t the best…. she was arrested in the 1960′s for running a brothel.

After spending time in jail, Puente dove into a life of crime by trolling bars for elderly men on benefits. She would befriend them, forge their signatures and steal their money. Dorothea was busted for these crimes in the early 1980′s and was on supervised parole and not permitted to have contact with senior citizens. So it is a complete mystery how she was able to run a boarding house for elderly and disabled people.

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Off-grid Colorado mountain home for sale!

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photo courtesy of: Realtor Mitch Weiner

How would you like to snuggle up inside the embrace of the earth…. with warm natural elements surrounding you…. your own greenhouse full of food…. and spectacular forest views to the south with the warm Colorado sun pouring in?

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photo courtesy of: Realtor Mitch Weiner

Well – here you go!  This fabulous earth-sheltered home is located in the mountains west of Boulder, Colorado.

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Snapshots of an abandoned house in Ontario

photo credit: Lisa de Nikolits

photo credit: Lisa de Nikolits

Fellow Canadian writer and urban explorer Lisa de Nikolits recently photographed an old farmhouse she came across in rural southern Ontario. This was somewhere in the vicinity of the small town of Moscow which is northwest of Kingston.

photo credit: Lisa de Nikolits

photo credit: Lisa de Nikolits

Lisa is one of Canada’s rising literary stars and she is fabulous with a camera as well. She agreed to let me share some of her old house photos with you….

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Vintage dollhouses: my personal finds

 

hand made antique doll house

Recently, I took a stroll through some antique stores in Florence, Colorado – affectionately known as the “antique capital of Colorado”. I came across so many vintage dollhouses that I thought I’d throw a post together with the pictures I took.

The first image (above) looked to be a folksy, hand-made affair – possibly even modeled after someone’s own house. Which I find so endearing!

The huge beauty (below) was more of a pro/factory job…

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Alexandria Virginia oldies

Alexandria Virginia cottage
Reader Jim D. of Virginia is a fellow house peeper who sent me some of his house photos in and around Alexandria, VA.

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Sarah Felix Burns

"So many houses, so little time"




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Song Over Quiet Lake
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