Diane Stretton: The Nanny Squatter

The Upland, CA family fired their nanny, Diane Stretton, but she wouldnt’ leave the house.



Diane started out as a nanny, but then quit working “for health reasons”. Instead of working, she stayed in her room all day. The family tried to get her to leave, but she threatened to sue the family if they put her out. The homeowners, Ralph and Marcella Bracamonte, said “Either you perform or you have got to leave.” The judge initially sided with the nanny Diane, who actually is a “vexatious litigant” who has filed multiple lawsuits.

The nanny said that she wasn’t fired, but rather, she quit after being “exploited and overworked.”

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Eventually the nanny Diane left, but not after making the Bracamonte very uncomfortable and feeling like “prisoners in our own home” while she squatted there.
At one point, she issued the homeowners a set of “demands” , saying she would leave voluntarily only if her demands were met:

nightmare nannys demand letter

This video explores Diane’s history as a vexatious litigant:


As materialized later on, on a Dr Phil show about the situation, Nanny Diane had filed 37 lawsuits in the past, as stated in this article: https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2014/09/12/homeowner-squatter-nanny-face-off-for-1st-time-on-dr-phil/

Apparently the majority of her lawsuits were directed at her own family members, as is stated in this article: https://abcnews.go.com/US/nanny-leave-hiding-car-police-station/story?id=24350637  She even sued her own son.  When her father died, he intentionally left her out of his will, according to court documents.  She threatened to sue the Bracamontes for elder abuse and wrongful termination.

Nanny Diane had a Twitter page, which is still active, though her last post on it was in August 2014, where she comes out swinging against the Bracamontes:

Here’s the promo video for the Dr Phil show on this story:

And here’s a short excerpt from this show:

The last news story I could find on this Nightmare Nanny is from September 2014, where she said she had cancer, received lots of hate mail,  and was living in a car in Riverside CA: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2761242/Nanny-hell-living-car-cancer-receives-streams-graphic-hate-mail-day-reveals.html

It’s not clear what has happened to her after this.

But what happened to the Bracamonte family was so disturbing, that the story was made into a television film, called Evil Nanny, as described here: https://www.inquisitr.com/3858233/evil-nanny-is-lifetime-nightmare-nanny-movie-a-true-story-starring-lindsay-elston-nichole-sterling/


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