Human Harvest: The Sacramento Murder Story [NOOK Book]

Overview

Dorothea Gray Johanson Montalvo Puente was a female serial killer, an extremely rare phenomenon in the annals of American crime. She took advantage of a flaw in the Social Security laws to carve a lifelong career out of exploiting elderly, ill, often-helpless people. She established herself in positions of trust in order to steal these people’s only source of income, then drugged them to expedite her chicanery and, finally, murdered them. Dorothea did not exist in a vacuum. She simply took full advantage of a ...
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Human Harvest: The Sacramento Murder Story

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Overview

Dorothea Gray Johanson Montalvo Puente was a female serial killer, an extremely rare phenomenon in the annals of American crime. She took advantage of a flaw in the Social Security laws to carve a lifelong career out of exploiting elderly, ill, often-helpless people. She established herself in positions of trust in order to steal these people’s only source of income, then drugged them to expedite her chicanery and, finally, murdered them. Dorothea did not exist in a vacuum. She simply took full advantage of a system that fails to protect America’s most helpless citizens. A stubborn and unreasonable refusal to correct a faulty administrative code has perpetuated the callous exploitation of the elderly, allowing people like Dorothea to operate all over the country, in communities large and small.
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On November 11, 1988, Sacramento police exhumed seven bodies from Dorothea Puente's backyard. They were Puente's senior citizen tenants, for whom Puente acted as legal ``representative payee'' for their Social Security benefits. While the intent of such legal authority over the incompetent is commendable, unfortunately, because of lax or nonexistent regulations, this system is wide open to abuse. If not for the vigilance of two county social workers, Puente, apparently a rare female serial killer, would still be free--and possibly still be collecting payments. Extremely disturbing and thought-provoking, this well-paced book, written by a Sacramento reporter who knew Puente personally, is highly recommended.-- Sandra K. Lindheimer, Middlesex Law Lib., Cambridge, Mass.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781939430106
  • Publisher: Garrett County Press
  • Publication date: 8/30/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 306
  • Sales rank: 421,566
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Daniel J. Blackburn has been a journalist most of his professional life -- with brief forays into the bowels of government (for educational purposes only) where he spent time as an executive in California’s water industry; a lobbyist; and a legislative aide. He’s also an author; co-founder of a daily news website in California, CalCoastNews.com; and a fairly competent videographer. He’s dad to three sons, Patrick, Alan, and Joey, and lives with his wife Maria amid SOME of the world’s great producers of fine wines.
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