I’ve told people for years, “do not trust people simply because they give off the impression of being a sweet old grandfather or grandmother.” Why is that? Because dangerous people can sometimes grow into very dangerous older people. The difference is they have years and years to improve their criminal behavior.

Years ago, back when I was running amuck, I met an assortment of incredibly spooky people, many of them past middle-aged. A select few of these older individuals were treacherous. A select few of those select few were not only treacherous but unhinged, demented, psychotic, and slightly deranged. The sort of creepers capable of hitting someone in the back of the head with a hammer while the individual is sitting at the dining room table eating their last meal—a meal prepared by the killer. Sadly, everyone in the room may know the victim will die except for the victim, of course.

Dorothea Helen Puente was an American convicted serial killer in the 1990s. Puente ran a boarding house for the elderly and mentally disabled, drugged and killed at least nine, buried the bodies, and then cashed their social security checks. She was nicknamed The Death House Landlady. The story is fascinating. I suggest checking out the link below or doing a search.

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Joseph Shanklin

February, 2023

13 thoughts on “Do Not Be Fooled By An Elderly Smile. Look past the facade.

  1. I know this story well. What a heartless being. People in the world today are beyond evil. And, more than what meets the eyes because things are moving too fast. But I believe that the Lord’s justice is nearing.

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    1. Early today (Saturday), I heard something about a river beginning to dry up in the Middle East. Supposedly, something is beginning to show at the bottom of this river, and some Christians are calling it the tomb of the Four Horsemen. I haven’t done any research on this topic, but it sounds interesting.

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  2. I am all too familiar with Dorothea Puente which has much to do with why I was afraid of the elderly for many years.
    My mom sold Avon to her, I delivered her orders when they came. She always offered treats which I never accepted & my brother just wanting to make some candy money, helped her dig some of those holes in the back yard.
    I don’t live far from that old house now & would pass by occasionally. They turned it into a museum at one point, but I will never forget what took place there, especially since meeting the son of one of her victims years later.

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    1. Wow, you certainly understand the point I’m attempting to make.

      When I think of dangerous elderly people, I think of the movie ‘Prisoners’. An older couple steals children with an RV. It’s a very gritty movie.

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  3. I know this case of Dirthes well. I love how you integrated trust issues. People in our society have become immensely demented over the last five decades. Instead of realizing and pulling away from the insanity pandemic, people are allowing themselves to be constantly pulled in through anger, desperation and ignorance.

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      1. Sorry for the typo. Correction is: Dorothea Helen Puente NOT “Dirthes”.🥹 and yes the damaged becomes like the initial predator.

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