March 27th, 2011
In the 1980s, Dorothy Puente ran a boarding house in Sacramento, California, and cashed the Social Security checks of her elderly and mentally disabled boarders. Puente began renting out space in the home at 1426 F Street where a series of murders took place. At one point, after moving into the guest room with her soon-to-be husband, Everson Gillmouth, Puentes hired a handyman to build a box 6 feet by 3 feet by 2 feet to store "books and other items". This storage box was later discovered in a household dumping site, with Gillmouth's body inside. On November 11, 1988, police inquired after the disappearance of tenant Alberto Montoya, a developmentally disabled man with schizophrenia whose social worker had reported him missing. After noticing disturbed soil on the property, they uncovered the body of tenant Leona Carpenter, 78. Seven bodies were eventually found, and Puente was charged with a total of nine murders, convicted of three and sentenced to two life sentences.