When I first moved to Midtown, Sacramento (Boulevard Park) in the early 2000’s I heard the stories of Dorthea Puente – especially because I had some friends that lived on the same block. As the story goes, in the late 1980’s, Dorthea, an older woman in her late 50’s, ran a boarding house with other elderly folks living there as borders. The live-ins did not have family or others that cared for them … the perfect situation for Dorthea to poison them and continue to collect their social security checks. Over time she got caught and the police dug up seven bodies in the backyard! Supposedly the neighbors had complained about a continued stench coming from her property over the years. And finally the social workers got suspicious when their clients began to disappear. Dorthea is in currently in prison – serving a life sentence for murder. For a fuller story, check out this recent article or this one for more details – or just search Dorthea Puente.
As disclosure laws go, one has to be up front with the history of a property, especially when it is as notorious as this one. And it would be hard to hide this one in the backyard. It’s interesting to note that the yard has been paved over – sort of like, let’s seal in whatever might lie beneath the surface.
Would you buy a home where a serial killer resided?
Is it going to sit on the market? Or sell quickly?
Keith Klassen – Real Estate Broker