Blackburn’s ‘Human Harvest’ now in eBook
October 30, 2013
Dorothea Montalvo Puente was still planting her victims around the yard of her Sacramento Victorian home when she first sidled up to reporter Dan Blackburn, initiating an acquaintanceship that would eventually provide rare and perceptive insight into the mind of a female serial killer.
Puente’s sordid story is related by Blackburn in “Human Harvest: The Sacramento Murder Story,” updated to incorporate the results of her trial, as well as subsequent Congressional actions intended to correct fatal flaws in the Social Security system.
“Human Harvest” is now available in eBook format (epub, pdf, mobl) from more than 60 “etailers” including Amazon; independent bookstores nationwide; and public and university libraries via 3M Library Services and Overdrive.
New Orleans publisher G.K. Darby of Garrett County Press said the Kindle Edition of “Human Harvest” offers a discerning view of gaping loopholes existing in Social Security law, only some of which were corrected during a marathon 13-year effort by Congress to make appropriate fixes.
“Blackburn does a remarkable job of untangling the mix of incompetence, corruption and indifference that left vulnerable members of our society in the hands of a murderous lunatic,” Darby said. “The safety net that facilitated murder has been somewhat reformed, but the indifference to our elderly has not. ‘Human Harvest’ is a call for everyone to be kinder and more fully engaged.”
Even after the first body was unearthed from under Puente’s well-manicured lawn in Nov. 11, 1988, she was allowed by police to leave her property; she then fled. Eventually, eight more bodies were discovered, in the yard and elsewhere.
Puente was captured in Los Angeles after five days on the run, and returned to the Capital City to face trial. Her conviction on three murder charges in August 1993 sent her to prison for the rest of her life.
Blackburn, a lifelong journalist and co-founder and senior correspondent of CalCoastNews.com., is the only reporter to communicate regularly with Puente after her arrest and eventual incarceration. Puente died this year.
“Human Harvest,” a national best-seller, was a Literary Guild Book-of-the-Month and Mystery Book Club selection.