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
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.
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.