January 26, 1989
Authorities have identified the body of a woman unearthed with six others last November from the yard of the Sacramento boardinghouse run by Dorothea Montalvo Puente. The Sacramento County coroner's office identified the last of seven corpses as that of Betty Mae Palmer, 80, who apparently went to Sacramento from the Redding area in 1986. Officers said that they did not know when when was last seen alive but that she moved into the Victorian house sometime in 1986.
January 14, 1989 |
Dorothea Montalvo Puente, the landlady of a boardinghouse where seven bodies were found buried last November, pleaded not guilty Friday to one count of murder. Meanwhile, a 50-page draft report by the Sacramento County Office of Patients' Rights suggests that two more deaths may be linked to Puente. The report, obtained Thursday by the Sacramento Bee, described the cases of two people whose deaths were ruled suicides by the Sacramento County coroner's office after interviews with Puente.
January 13, 1989 |
Two Sacramento police officers who led the investigation of the deaths of seven people buried in a boardinghouse yard are suing their bosses for transferring them to other jobs. Lt. Joe Enloe and Sgt. James L. Jorgensen allege that their reassignments were punitive and illegal, although their superiors maintain that the transfers were routine. "These transfers were precipitous, unwise and unfair," said Blake Koller, president of the Sacramento Police Officers Assn.
January 11, 1989 |
Traces of a drug used as sleeping pills and tranquilizers have been detected in all seven bodies unearthed from the yard of a downtown boardinghouse, a newspaper reported Tuesday. The Sacramento Union, citing an unidentified source, identified the drug as benzodiazepine. Valium and Dalmane are types of the drug, which can be lethal, especially when taken in combination with alcohol or a sedative.
December 13, 1988 |
Coroner's investigators identified a fifth body Monday in the case of a grandmotherly boardinghouse manager suspected of killing elderly tenants to collect their government assistance checks. Officers said X-rays helped determine that remains unearthed from the yard of the two-story Victorian house were those of James Albert Gallop, 63. His was one of seven bodies that authorities found buried in shallow graves six blocks from the state Capitol grounds last month.
December 11, 1988 |
A body stuffed in a makeshift casket and dumped in a river was added to the list Saturday of seven victims dug up in a boardinghouse yard and an alleged accessory was arrested in the case. Police announced the arrest of Ismael Carrasco Florez, saying that he built the pine box in which the body of an elderly man was placed and dumped in the Sacramento River nearly three years ago. The operator of the boardinghouse, Dorothea Montalvo Puente, 59, has been charged with one count of murder.
December 2, 1988 |
Assembly Speaker Willie Brown, whose political contributors and benefactors range from actor George Hamilton to the FBI, now has added to his list Dorothea Montalvo Puente--the landlady suspected of killing seven of her boarders. "You've got to be kidding," Brown said when told of the contribution. Although friends said Puente often bragged of having connections to the King of Jordan, the former Shah of Iran and the Pope, Brown said he neither knows her nor was aware of her contribution.
November 30, 1988
Tipped by a witness who said she saw a woman doing midnight digging, Sacramento police excavated part of a vacant lot near a boardinghouse yard where seven bodies were buried but found no evidence of human remains. About a dozen officials dug for less than an hour in the rear of the weed-covered lot across the street from the house of landlady Dorothea Montalvo Puente, 59, who has been charged with murder in connection with the seven corpses.