Are You Glued to Netflix’s New “Worst Roommate Ever?”

After You’ve Watched Serial Dorothea Puente’s Sordid Tale, Check Out What’s Happening with Serial Killers in the Real World

Joni E. Johnston, Psy. D.

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On March 1, Netflix began entertaining us with its new true-crime series about the “Worst Roommate Ever.” The first episode is a doozy, giving us the sordid saga of female serial killer Dorothea Puente, who ran the boarding house from hell and killed her tenants.

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Meanwhile, here in the real world, there was plenty of serial killer news as well:

Daytona Beach Serial Killer Robert Tyrone Hayes Sentenced to Life in Prison

Florida jurors deliberated for just seven hours before recommending serial killer Robert Tyrone Hayes to life in prison without the possibility of parole. He was convicted of the rapes and murders of three women between December 2005 and February 2006. He was twenty-two and a college student while committing these crimes. He is still awaiting trial for the 2016 rape and strangulation murder of thirty-two-year-old Rachel Bey in Palm Beach County.

Hayes’ defense tried to lessen his sentence in several ways. They argued that a brain scan showed he had brain damage “in areas that regulate fear and aggression” and evidence of “autistic spectrum disorder.” A psychologist and Hayes’ family members offered testimony about a childhood of physical and sexual abuse. A few witnesses described him as a good friend and loving father.

These are things that likely saved him from the death penalty. They did not prevent him from receiving three consecutive life sentences.

South African Serial Killer Brian Mudiwayana Claims He Was Possessed by Spiritual Black Magic

In 2016 and 2017, Zimbabwe native Brian Mudiwayana murdered five women and one man. These were not random strangers. This man befriended them, lied to them, and then killed them. His serial murders were finally stopped when he was arrested in 2019 for the rape and murder of forty-seven-year-old teacher Lungelwa Dangatye. He had been on the run for two years.

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Joni E. Johnston, Psy. D.

Forensic psychologist/private investigator//author of serial killer book. Passionate about victim’s rights, the psychology of true crime, and criminal justice.