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Disturbed Ground: The True Story of a Diabolical Female Serial Killer

Norton, Carla

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ISBN 10: 0688097049 / ISBN 13: 9780688097042
Published by William Morrow & Co, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1994
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1994,1994 AS NEW Book, Near Fine Unclipped jacket, Stated First Edition, First Printing, 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 Signed and inscribed by the author on title page, 415 clean tight unmarked pages, gray end pages, gray boards with red cloth 1/4 spine, gold lettering on the spine, jacket is unclipped, black with silver and red lettering, a graphic of an imprint of a body in grass, "The TRue Story Of A Diabolical Female Serial Killer". Bookseller Inventory # 001104

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Title: Disturbed Ground: The True Story of a ...

Publisher: William Morrow & Co, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Inscribed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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The author of Perfect Victim reveals the truth behind the shocking case of Dorothea Puente, the genial Sacramento landlady who was actually a psychopathic killer who buried the corpses of her indigent and homeless victims in her lovingly tended garden.


The story begins with Bert, a gentle, unassuming street person who mumbled to himself and talked to trees. He wasn't an alcoholic, but he hung out at a detox center in Sacramento, where a volunteer named Judy took an interest in him. Judy was overjoyed when she found a home for Bert with a silver-haired grandmother, Dorothea Puente, who ran a tidy boarding house in a blue-and-white Victorian. Little did Judy know that Puente (just one of the woman's many aliases) would soon become her obsession. By the end of the story, Bert has disappeared, and the cops are digging up seven corpses from the backyard of the boarding house. Author Carla Norton (Perfect Victim) skillfully unfolds the many-layered character of this classic Arsenic and Old Lac-style serial killer: "At the pinnacle of her fame and glory, Dorothea was like a junkie with a philanthropic habit... Everyone dipped into her pot and benefited from her largesse." She was ultimately tried on nine counts of murder, and sentenced to death.

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