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The Mind Boggling Murder of Dorothy Jane Scott





“To me, she exemplified the word, give. She’d just give and give and give, no matter what it cost her … she spent her last hours giving and being concerned about others.”  

                                                                  Dorothy's Brother Jim at Dorothy's Funeral Service

* Dorothy Jane Scott
* Date Of Birth- 4/23/1948
* Son- Shanti Jacob Scott (Father being Dennis Terry of Fairgrove, MO)
* Parents- Vera and Jacob Scott
* Last Seen- Parking Lot of UCI Medical Center on 5/28/1980      around 11:30 pm.
* Killed- Most likely the night she disappeared. Or early            morning hours of the 29th.
* Body Discovered- 8-6-1984

* Cause of Death- Undetermined

Dorothy Jane Scott was a 32 year old single mother living with her 4 year old son and Aunt in Stanton, California. She was described by friends and family as a kindhearted compassionate person. She was also described as religious and quiet. One friend described her as "Dull as a phone book" (Really?)  She is reported to have no interest in dating. She worked as a secretary at Swinger's Psych Shop &  Custom John's Head Shop in Anaheim. (517 S. Brookhurst Street in Anaheim) The shops were 2 different shops but owned jointly. They reportedly appealed to the Hippie Culture. Both shops are no longer in business. Beginning some time in 1980 Dorothy began receiving anonymous calls from a voice she said sounded familiar but she couldn't place it. This SOB would be kind one minute. And other times would be angry and resentful. The sicko would call both her home phone and work phone.

Here is a sample of Mr. SICKO:

"Ok, now you're going to come my way, and when I get you alone, I will cut you up into bits so no one will ever find you."

(Nice huh? Ok ladies, Don't all line up all at once now.)

This LOSER stated he was stalking Dorothy and even provided details about her daily routine. Dorothy became understandably concerned. She started taking Self Defense Classes and even considered purchasing a gun.

 On May 27th, 1980 she dropped her 4 year old son Shawn off at her parent's house on West Stoneybrook. She was on her way to an employee meeting that day. During the meeting a fellow employee named Conrad Bostron became very sick. During the meeting she went over to him to ask if he was ok. Apparently he didn't respond in a way that would make her confident that he was ok. She apparently stopped the meeting and informed everyone she was taking him to the hospital. A fellow co worker Pam Head offered to go with them to assist.  Before going to UCI Medical Center they stopped off at her parents house to check on her son Shawn. (Short for Shanti apparently). An interesting fact is that while checking on her son she switched from a black scarf to a red one. Apparently at the urging of her mother? Not insinuating anything by that. Just seems odd. Its easy to take things out of context. The scarf detail does come into play a little later on in the story as you will see. Upon arriving at the hospital and getting Conrad checked in. Pam and Dorothy kept each other company as best you can do in a hospital. Something that should be noted is that according to Pam, Dorothy never left to be alone. The 2 of them were together the  entire time prior to Conrad coming out after being seen. This is an  important detail. Eventually Conrad emerged and informed the 2 of them he was suffering from a spider bite from a black widow. (Note: I LOATHE spiders) He was discharged around 11pm. Conrad and Pam got in line to get his prescription filled at the pharmacy. Dorothy offered to pull her car up to the front of the hospital to make the walk less difficult for Conrad. Dorothy apparently went to the restroom and then went outside to the retrieve her car. As she left the hospital building for the dark parking lot her colleagues didn't know that it would be the last time they would see her. The completely fucked up thing is the fact that she was a sweetheart. She took her colleague to the hospital and was trying to be as helpful as she could by pulling her car around to the front. Unfortunately this kind act was her undoing. After Conrad received his prescription they both used the restroom. Then he and Pam stepped outside and waited for Dorothy to bring her car around. It seemed to take longer than it should. Ive read it took anywhere from 10-20 minutes. Finally they spotted Dorothy's car. (1973 Toyota Station Wagon) It seemed as though however that it was coming pretty fast. The high beams were on as well. Almost in an attempt to prevent the 2 from seeing who was driving. Or anyone else if any was in the car with Dorothy. The car turned right and sped out of the parking lot. Pam and Conrad chased but to no avail. The driver of Pam's car whether it be Pam or someone else turned off the car lights and disappeared into the night. Apparently in one of the first articles on the case it mentions a car that was in front of Dorothy's the went the same direction out of the parking lot. It isn't mentioned in later articles however. Pam and Conrad waited around for several hours. Thinking possibly Dorothy had an emergency with her son and drove off in a panic. (Not sure why she would kill her car lights tho if that was the case) They called Dorothy's Parent's house and asked if she had picked up Shawn. She had not. After a few hours had passed they had reported Scott missing. Several hours later Dorothy's car was found burning 10 miles away in a Santa Ana alleyway. Dorothy Jane Scott was not inside the vehicle. The police requested that Vera and Jacob not contact the newspapers or any media. Nothing happened regarding Dorothy's disappearance for a week. That's when the calls started....



                                          Car similar to Dorothy's


THE CALLS:

 The phone rang at the residence of Dorothy's Parents. Dorothy's mother Vera answered.

“Are you related to Dorothy Scott?” [Disguised male voice]

Vera- "Yes"

“I’ve got her.”  The caller then hung up.

 Around a week later Jacob's patience understandably ran out. He contacted the Santa Ana Register and they ran a story regarding Dorothy's disappearance. The day of the story editor Pat Riley received a call.


“I killed her,” the male caller told Riley.  “I killed Dorothy Scott.  She was my love.  I caught her cheating with another man.  She denied having someone else.  I killed her.” He also provided details to prove that it wasn't a prank call. That Dorothy wore a red scarf. And that Conrad had suffered from a spider bite. He stated that Dorothy phoned him from the UCI Medical Center. However Pam Head disputed that stating she and Dorothy were always together while Conrad was being checked. Except to use the bathroom before going out to the parking lot. (This was a time before the time of cell phones becoming commonplace.) Investigators confirmed the alibi of Dorothy's ex and father of her child Shawn. His alibi was considered airtight. The case seemed cold. But the calls kept coming....
















THE CALLS CONTINUE:

 Almost EVERY WEDNESDAY the calls came to Vera and Jacob's house. The calls would come in when Vera was home alone. 

 “Is Dorothy there?”

 “I’ve got her.”

 "I've killed her."

 LE did wiretap their phones. They have recordings of his voice. Its described as gruff and plainly disguised. However the caller would never stay on the phone long enough for the calls to be traced. (Pussy) The calls finally stopped in April 1984 when he called and Jacob answered the phone. The caller hung up. (Like I said Pussy. POS prob wet himself.)


DISCOVERY OF DOROTHY'S BODY:

 In August 1984 a construction worker discovered found some skeletal remains in some brush off of Santa Ana Canyon Rd in Anaheim. A turquoise ring and watch were also found which were used to identify her body. (The watch was stopped on 5/29/1980 12:30 am) A week later an autopsy would confirm the remains as well. Cause of death could not be determined. There was also remains of a dog on top of Dorothy's remains. Dorothy did not own a dog. (Beneath the remains of the dog underneath some soil were what was left of Dorothy's remains.) Not all of Dorothy's remains were discovered. It was only a partial recovery. A pelvis, an arm, two thighs, and a skull. After the announcement ran in the paper. Vera again received a call.

“Is Dorothy home?”


The calls stopped soon thereafter.....

 Jacob passed away in 1994 and Vera in 2002. Dorothy's killer has never been brought to justice.






MY THOUGHTS

Baffling, According to LE (From what I've read) they did extensive investigative work on her friends, coworkers, and family members. She was a known homebody and dated very rarely. According to her parents she wasn't actively dating anyone. The guy had to have been watching or informed to Dorothy's whereabouts very quickly the day she was abducted. The meeting she was attending may have routine.(possibly) If the meeting was NOT routine. Then that's VERY interesting. But the incident regarding Conrad and her taking him to the hospital was not. He knew she was with Conrad and Pam. Even later that she was wearing a Red Scarf and that Conrad suffered from a spider bite. Granted he could have learned that after he kidnapped her. But he already knew she was at the hospital. He knew her routine and what she wore daily as well. According to reports she was either at home or work. That narrows it down right there. She worked in the back as a secretary. Didn't have much contact from what I understand with customers. Seems like a narrow suspect pool to me. I just have this feeling there is something else here that we have not been told. Something important. I'd like to know if the initial reports of a second car was either true or an error. It seems to have dropped after the one article. That is an important part. The killer would have had to have drove or been dropped off. If dropped off then there is more than one responsible. If not then he left his car in the hospital parking lot when he presumably drove off with her  in the car. That means he would have had to have come back to get his car. So he either walked 10 miles or was given a lift, via an accomplice or a bus back to get his car. OR there were 2 (or more) involved in this. Meaning the abductors kidnapped Dorothy and drove her car. And the accomplice(s) drove their car off as well. Which would lend credence to the first report of another car. I am pretty sure there is MORE than one person involved. He also stated that Dorothy called him from the hospital. Which Pam said was not possible. I strongly suspect that the killer stated that to have LE believe Dorothy did in fact tell him. Instead of someone else. There is much more here than meets the eye. The length of time this case has gone unsolved leads me to believe it won't be. Granted crimes have gone on longer and been solved. There are just a few things that really bother me. Depending upon the lighting in the parking lot as well as the distance from where they spotted Dorothy's car. How did Pam and Conrad know it was Dorothy's car? How did they know Dorothy's Parents Phone Number? Im sure they would have had Dorothy's Phone Number. I mean I don't know what Pam's position was at the store. But I remember my mother having an address and phone listing in her purse when I was young. So Pam could have had one handy. But her parents  phone number as well? Dorothy lived with her Aunt. I doubt her workplace would have had that number. Who knows. Maybe they did. Maybe it was an Emergency Contact Number. And maybe Pam and Conrad called the store to get the number and then called Dorothy's Parents. It's possible. But the only people that would have known that Dorothy was going to the hospital were the attendants of the meeting, Dorothy's Parents, and apparently her stalker. So we would have to believe the guy followed her EVERY DAY. As well as calling her. And NEVER was seen by an increasingly alarmed Dorothy. Alarmed to the point she was taking self defense classes and thinking of purchasing a gun. So the guy followed her to work. Sat outside and followed her home everyday. So this day he followed her to the meeting. Then followed her to the hospital. And sat outside and waited? What would've happened if all three went out to the parking lot? Something isn't adding up. Did Dorothy volunteer to take Conrad to the hospital or ASKED? Did Dorothy volunteer to pull her car around to the front of the hospital or ASKED? Why would Dorothy stop at her parents house on way to the hospital? I understand she wanted to let her parents know. But she could have called from the hospital as well. So that leads me to believe that Conrad's condition wasn't as bad as it was made out to be. Oh and the dog was likely unrelated. Too many questions.  Not enough answers.










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