Documentary Profiles Home of Sacramento Serial Killer

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SACRAMENTO--

Barbara Holmes makes cookies for an upcoming home tour - not because she's selling it, but because the house has a haunting and macabre past.

Holmes and her husband, Tom Williams, live at 1426 F Street, the former home of notorious serial killer Dorothea Puente.

Between 1982 and 1988, Puente killed her boarding house tenants for their social security checks and buried their bodies in the front and back yards.

But none of that bothers Holmes and Williams. They have lived in the home for the last five years, fascinated and intrigued by its history.

"I love the macabre, so I was hooked. I would've bought it no matter what," Williams told FOX40.

The couple spoke with Judy Moise, the social worker praised for bringing down Puente. Williams remembers just how close Moise came to becoming one of Puente's victims.

"Dorothea tried to lure her over here and (Moise) said, 'I can't come over today,'" he said. "And looking back on that now, she thinks come on that Saturday, she would not be alive. She would've been killed and buried and put in the yard."

Holmes and Williams say they don't feel any malevolent spirits, but do get an eerie vibe on the back stairs - where Puente is said to have dragged her victims outside.

Now, "The House is Innocent," a documentary about their home and how they've embraced it, is sweeping film festivals.

Perhaps no one knows the story better than former Deputy District Attorney William Wood, author of "The Bone Garden," a book about Puente's killings.

"It's a terrible story. It's one of those things that you don't want to think about, but there are monsters in our midst," Wood told FOX40.

As for Williams and Holmes, they are guardians of the home's history and authors of its future.

"There are good works that can take the place of a lot of bad things," Wood said.

All proceeds from the home tours go to the Francis House Center, a charity to help the homeless.

"It's kind of a slap in the face to Dorothea to use her notoriety to benefit the people she preyed upon," Williams said. "I think it's funny that way."

The home tour is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 12 at 10 a.m. Tickets are available for purchase here.