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:


And this website lists links to eleven of  her lawsuits, and nine more which require a PACER account to view:  http://marycumminsrealestatemarycummins.blogspot.com/2014/07/diane-gail-stretton-nanny-from-hell-has.html

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  However, given her character and her abuse of the legal system, and tendency to portray herself as a victim while she victimizes others, one can’t necessarily take at face value things she says. Thus it is not clear if what she says about her physical health or about hate mail, is true or not.

What has happened to the Nightmare Nanny? An internet search on Spokeo shows that her most recent address is c/o General Delivery, Riverside CA, which suggests she may still be living in that city, perhaps in her car.

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/

You can see information about the film “Evil Nanny” here: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6354166/

And you can watch the movie via Amazon, here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0722XKJ4T

evil nanny

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