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Buried Beneath the Boarding House

A Shocking True Story of Deception, Exploitation and Murder
Narrated by: Steve White
Length: 3 hrs and 57 mins
Categories: Nonfiction, True Crime
4.5 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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In 1988, detectives from the Sacramento Police Department were called to investigate the disappearance of a man at his last known address - a boarding house for the elderly, homeless, and mentally ill. The owner, Dorothea Puente, was an adorable old lady who cared for stray cats and the rest of society’s castaways. She had a strong standing in the community and was celebrated for her selfless charitable work.

The search revealed nothing untoward but one of the guests recalled some unusual incidents leading up to the disappearance. He shared stories about holes being dug in the garden and filled in overnight. Guests who were taken ill and vanished overnight and a number of excuses why they couldn’t be contacted. This was enough to launch a thorough investigation and on November 11, 1988, the Sacramento police department headed back to the boarding house with shovels in hand.

Were they wasting their time pursuing a charming and charitable old lady or were they closing in on a clandestine killer who exploited the most vulnerable members of society? The investigation gripped the entire nation and the answers lay buried beneath the boarding house.

Ryan Green presents a dramatic and chilling account of one of the most bizarre true crime stories in American history. Green’s riveting narrative draws the listener into the real-live horror experienced by the victims and has all the elements of a classic thriller.

Warning: This book contains descriptive accounts of abuse and violence. If you are especially sensitive to this material, it might be advisable not to listen to it.

©2019 Ryan Green (P)2019 Ryan Green

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An epic and memorable true crime story

Dorothea, a seemingly sweet and kind old lady caring for the elderly and mentally ill, had a secret no one could ever believe.

Ryan has yet again described an amazing true crime story. He clearly does proper research and takes factual elements of a story and makes them into a masterful story. I have heard many of his true crime stories and he never disappoints. He is the best true crime writer i have ever experienced.

Steve is a fantastic narrator and i thoroughly enjoyed his performance. The Ryan and Steve duo for true crime audiobooks is the best i have ever heard and i recommend this story as well as all of the other true crime books written by Ryan. Thank you for such an awesome and entertaining story!

Note: This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this objective review voluntarily.

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Slightly Tamer but Still Thrilling

Ryan Green writes True Crime books that don't just report on gruesome murders or a psychopath's life of horrific acts. He has a way of pulling the listener deeper into these dark stories of murder, psychological degradation and mayhem, often from inside the killer's head, rather than telling the story from a reporter's 3rd person remove. No author I've read does that better, and it makes every book of his a new experience that I found to be just as compelling as his many other books.

"Buried" tells the story of a deeply disturbed woman who slowly becomes a serial murderer, committing her crimes with a psychopath's intellect and total lack of remorse, while showing the world around her a surprising likability, charity and social charm, What is most interesting to me about this particular murderer is the horrible intelligence she brought to her task, setting herself up as a caregiver to dozens of the most vulnerable and least connected humans available: homeless alcoholics, drug addicts and mental patients. She found them at bars and hospitals, offered them a place to live and a caregiver to help care for them, and one by one they would move in with their killer. Then, at a leisurely pace, she would drug, rob and murder them before burying them in her garden. Nobody in the outside world missed most of them --- she was actually celebrated as selfless and charitable for taking society's discards in and caring for them. Once a room or two were "vacated," more and more victims just walked into her doors, often assisted by government agencies and legit homeless or rehab charities. It was striking and quite sad how most of her victims genuinely liked and appreciated her, right up to and including the moment when the drugs knocked them senseless so Dorothea could kill them. As with some of Green's other subjects, she even recruits an accomplice who helps her move and bury the bodies as she gets older and more frail. The story of a killer's willing and worshipful accomplice -- who isn't a murderous psychopath but openly assists one --- is always fascinating to me.

Because Dorothea mostly murdered with drugs, this story isn't as violent or gruesome as many True Crime stories, but even though I've come to appreciate those more shocking true stories for what they are, this one didn't suffer from the lack of it. The narrator is one of the handful Green uses to read all his books, and he did an equally good job with "Buried." That professional narration, coupled with Green's propulsive writing style and an unusual and fascinating subject, makes "Buried" a True Crime book that just about any fan of the genre should enjoy.

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Well done, and the narrator does a very good job.

I have read the e-book and enjoyed it very much, but it absolutely did not take away from the enjoyment of the audio book, the narration was very well done, and the narrator managed to do the voices with enough difference that you didn't have to think about who the character was.So overall it is more than worth listening to even if you have read the book.

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Amazing detective work by the author

Frightening that this was all true. Some fascinating history as well. Most fiction novels can't hold a candle to the drama that unfolds in this book. The narrator was awesome—such a calm easy manner of relating a disturbing story. I relished every minute of it. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Always a great ride!

I’m a big fan of Ryan’s books, and this one didn’t disappoint! He gives details and facts, but isn’t too wordy, and he tells stories so I can actually picture the events in my head.

If you’ve not tried any of Ryan’s books, this one is great to start with! Also, the narrator has a nice voice and doesn’t overdo it with voicing the different characters.

Highly recommend!

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Buried Beneath the Boarding House

Ryan Green has a really great talent for making his shorter books seem so long and in depth. The length of this audio book is only just under 4 hours - but so much happened! I felt like I was right there throughout Dorothea's childhood and her life and eventual death. I can't believe she got away with her crimes for as long as she did! I can't imagine living in this boarding house of horror. What a witch!
I was given this free review copy audio book by the author courtesy of Audiobook Boom at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Excellent listening

Buried Beneath the Boarding House. ...
Another excellent listening experience from this author and narrator.
Gripping and tense as you wait to find out how Dorothea gets caught. .
The writing style and research into this crime make this a must read true crime book.
I received a free copy of this audio book at my own request and voluntarily leave this honest review.

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She had a crazy life!

I received a free audiobook copy in exchange for an honest review.

I am becoming a fan of Ryan Green's true crime writing style. This one is no different. Dorothea led one crazy life! I like the way Ryan covers her life from the abuses as a small child all the way up to how she was caught and eventually died.

Steve White does a great narration job on this true crime novel.

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Great Read

Buried Beneath the Boarding House: A Shocking True Story and Deception Exploitation and Murder was a good read by Ryan Green. Dorothea Puente was an older lady whoowned a boarding house for the homeless, elderly and mentally ill. She had good standing in the community and was celebrated for her charitable work. In 1988, detectives were sent there while investigating the disappearance of a man who was last known to live there. This was a good writing of a true crime case. I can't wait to read more by Ryan Green.

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Another great read from Ryan Green

I was given this book for free in exchange for my unbiased review. This is my second read by Ryan Green and definitely won't be my last. I really find myself enjoying his style of structuring the story of the crimes I’ve read about. This was another one I was able to finish in a course of days because it kept me interested. Dorothea was a very sick and disturbed individual.

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Excellent!

Absolutely loved it! Steve White, as always, did an absolutely fantastic job of bringing Ryan Green's book to Audible. Normally, when Ryan tells us about a murderer, I find something to empathise with, some tragedy that made the person into what they are or were. Not so in this case. This woman was just plain evil. She didn't kill out of some misguided ideal, or some head injury /mental illness, not can we blame drugs. Sure her childhood wasn't ideal, but nor was it the worst ever. (Though yeah, it WAS bad).

To summarise, Ryan has yet again written a book worthy of 10 stars, and Steve deserves the same for his reading! Thank you to both!