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Gruesome setting becomes Sacramento tourist destination

7:32 AM, Sep 16, 2013   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A former boardinghouse run by a California woman convicted of killing her elderly tenants and burying them in the backyard has become a tourist destination.

The rented Victorian duplex in Sacramento that was operated by Dorothea Puente is one of five featured houses on the Old City Association Home Tour this year. Seven bodies were unearthed in the yard in 1988.

The Sacramento Bee reports recent visitors to the attraction include John Cabrera, lead homicide detective in the Puente killings, and Laura Santos, who as deputy coroner also worked the case.

A female mannequin representing Puente stands guard at one corner of a patio deck. She wears a red coat and holds a green shovel.

Puente was convicted of three murders. She died in prison two years ago at age 82.

The Associated Press

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