A house that once belonged to a serial killer in Sacramento has been opened to the public for a tour by its current owners. Located on 1426 F Street, the home's top floor was once owned by Dorothea Puente, who was later convicted of murdering three boarders who rented her rooms in the 1980s. Seven bodies total were eventually unearthed on the property by authorities in the same year.
The current owners of the house stated they "want to give back to the community and that all proceeds from the tour and raffle will be donated to Francis House Center to benefit the vulnerable population Puentes preyed upon."
Visitors can take a tour on September 12 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. The home was featured in a short documentary called "The House is Innocent," which will be featured at the Sacramento Film and Music Festival on September 12 at 3 p.m. at the Jean Runyon Theater, according to the website.
See photos of what's inside the house in the gallery below.
History of the infamous house
Dorothea Puente rented the top floor of the Victorian-style home from 1980-1982. Then, in 1985, she returned to the home after serving time for drugging and stealing valuables from elderly people. She then began to rent rooms on both floors to individuals who eventually became some of her victims.
Authorities said Puente drugged her elderly tenants and stole their money. She escaped to Los Angeles while investigators were unearthing bodies from the backyard of her home in 1988, but was caught a few days later.
Authorities would eventually find seven bodies buried around the property.
Puente admitted to collecting the government benefit checks of her tenants after they died, but said she did not kill them. She was later convicted in 1993 of murdering three boarders.
Puente went on to serve two life sentences and a concurrent 15-years-to-life sentence at Central California Women's Facility in Chowchilla until her death in 2011. She was 82.