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Dorothea Puente Tells All

Dorothea Puente Tells All

As part of Sacramento Theatre Company’s inaugural Innovation Series, “Dorothea Puente Tells All” puts a spotlight on one of Sacramento’s most infamous serial killers, Dorothea Puente.

The innocent-looking Sacramento woman operated a boarding house in the 1980s. She was found guilty of murdering several of her tenants.

Dorothea Puente was a lifelong con-artist. Her abuse of the welfare system led directly to new federal legislation. Puente was loved as a pillar of the Latino community, although she herself was white.

On November 11, 1988, police discovered seven bodies buried in Dorothea Puente’s yard, thanks in large part to the heroic efforts of a humble volunteer social worker.

Mrs. Puente never stopped maintaining her innocence and some never stopped believing in her. In unraveling the truth of Dorothea Puente, this play also shows the rest of us something about our own needs and vulnerabilities, and how we can protect ourselves from people who would exploit us.

Written by playwright, Mark Loewenstern, extensive research uncovered elements of Ms. Puente’s temperament and personal relationships.

This special, limited engagement runs Jan. 12-15, 2023.


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