A body was found buried in the backyard of a 59 year old convicted check forger.
Dorothy Puente had opened a boarding house after getting out of prison for forgery and robbing people from a bar and a social worker began to get suspicious when many of the 19 people she referred to Puente began disappearing. Then neighbors began to complain about severely bad smells coming from her property. An investigation found 6 more bodies.
Puente was convicted, after a 5 month trial with over 3000 pieces of evidence, of murdering her boarders for their Social Security checks. She was charged with 9 counts of murder, convicted of 3 but is believed to be responsible for up to 25 deaths. A similar storyline was used on an episode of “The Closer”.