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Dorothea Puente: The Serial Killer Granny

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To the outside world, Dorothea Puente presented herself as a kind grandmotherly figure who cared for the disabled and vulnerable residents of her boarding house in downtown Sacramento. But behind closed doors, nothing was as it seemed…

Not only was she stealing the money of her tenant, but she was also a serial killer. Allegedly murdering up to nine people.

In today's episode, we explore the crimes of the ‘Death House landlady’ who even after she was convicted managed to win over people with her sweet, grandmotherly ruse.


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Guest: Genie Ortiz, author of The Corpse Collector: The True Story of Dorothea Puente

Host: Gemma Bath

Executive Producer: Gia Moylan

Audio Producer: Scott Stronach


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