Inside Dorothea Puente’s relationship with boyfriend Everson Gillmouth, whom she killed along with seven of her tenants

DOROTHEA Puente killed her boyfriend Everson Gillmouth, along with her seven tenants, in a series of gruesome murders that rocked California in the 1980s.

Her story is currently being told in a new Netflix documentary, The Worst Roommate Ever.

Dorothea Puente charged with at least 9 murders


Dorothea Puente charged with at least 9 murdersCredit: AP: Associated Press
Everson Gillmouth was one of Puente's victims - and her boyfriend


Everson Gillmouth was one of Puente’s victims – and her boyfriendSource: Sacramento Archives

Puente welcomes vulnerable people into her inn – only to kill them and then bury or dispose of their bodies.

Everson Gillmouth has developed a relationship with Puente while she was serving a sentence in prison for theft.

The 77-year-old retiree maintained contact with Puente until her release in 1985.

Later, the two move in together, but he suddenly disappears.

Immediately after her disappearance, Puente hired a skilled craftsman to build for her a 6-meter-long box, which she claimed would be used to store books and other household items in her storage room.

But the storage box never reached the facility.

Instead, Puente asked his driver, Ismael Florez, to pull over to the side of the road while the two were transporting the box and pushing it into the water.

Weeks later, a fisherman discovered the box and alerted the police. They discovered the body of an elderly man rotting inside.

However, it was not until three years later that the body was identified as that of Gillmouth.


When Alvaro Montoya disappeared after being placed at Puente’s home by an outreach consultant with American Volunteers, suspicions arose about Puente.

Puente is said to have told the man’s counselor, Judy, that he had left to vacation with his brother in Mexico.

But Montoya didn’t talk to the family, and Judy knew this.

Montoya is said to have struggled with mental health issues and is homeless, so Judy, didn’t accept Puente’s explanation for the man’s disappearance.

Judy was also tipped off by another resident of Puente’s house, John Sharp.

He told her, “Something is wrong. She is digging a lot of holes. “

Judy alerted the police, who responded with the same reaction about Montoya’s disappearance – that he was on vacation.

But Sharp later gave police a message: “She’s making me lie for her.”


The police returned and searched the house, but did not find anything. So they asked Puente if they could dig the garden.

She agreed and even provided another shovel for them.

In the Netflix documentary, one of the policemen who worked on the case recalls digging through Puente’s property and finding “pieces of cloth, eggshells and pieces of skin that looked like beef jerky.”

“We just dig and dig,” he said. “And I could see Dorothea staring at us through the window above.”

Police later found the body of 78-year-old Leona Carpenter. They realized that what they thought was beef jerky was in fact human flesh.

One policeman said in the documentary: “I took it off the bone.

Puente remained calm and denied everything when questioned by the police.

The man who questioned her revealed: “She was emotionless and she would look me straight in the eye and answer all my questions.

“She never wavered. She never said anything. She denied everything.”


Puente committed at least nine murders in the 1980s. She will eventually be found guilty of three.

She was accused of poisoning and strangling several guests she welcomed into her motel, before burying them in the property and even going as far as to withdraw their Social Security checks.

Puente died in prison on March 27, 2011. She lived to the age of 82.

Puente found guilty of 3 murders


Puente found guilty of 3 murdersCredit: Sacramento Police Department
The police dug up many bodies from her property


The police dug many bodies from her propertyCredit: AP: Associated Press
Puente died in prison in 2011


Puente died in prison in 2011Credit: Getty Images – Getty

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