Before you read: Where'd Dorothy Go? was first published on Word Hub, but I still remain the sole author and owner of these words. I transferred this article here to Sincerely, D because I plan on getting back into writing conspiracy theories again. The article is the same, the photographs may be placed differently. Hopefully you'll enjoy this read again and for those visiting my site for the first time, enjoy! Don't forget to let me know what your theories are.
The phone rang until it was answered and on the other end of the wire a gruff voice asked, “Is Dorothy home?”
The line was disconnected when the second the man hung up. Mrs. Vera Scott was left horrified by the tortuous question concerning her daughter Dorothy’s whereabouts.
Nearly the entire state of California had been aware of the disappearance of Dorothy Jane Scott, and now most of the entire country as well. From the 1960s to the 1990s America has had its fair share of serial rapists, killer clowns, manic cults, and several unsolved cases of young women and men disappearing in plain sight. Since then the buzz on these homicides have fallen faint and now cold case enthusiasts, such as myself, dig through the archives of the internet in search of a good mystery. I have chosen to peer back at the 1980 cold case of Dorothy Jane Scott.
Who was Dorothy Jane Scott?
Ms. Scott, born April 23rd, 1948, was a single mother who lived in Stanton, California with her 4-year old son and Aunt. About 20-minutes North from Stanton is Anaheim where Dorothy's parents Jacob and Vera Scott peacefully lived.
Dorothy was known to not have many friends or any lovers for she had made her son Shawn her main priority. She was a kind and good-Christian woman who worked as a secretary for Swinger's Psych Shop and Custom John's Head Shop to ensure that her son had a good life. No, these two shops were not separate but jointly owned originally by her father before he had sold his business to John Kycola. After the change in ownership Dorothy continued to work as the shops' secretary.
Those who knew Dorothy said that she was kind and compassionate. She had an immense love for her son and for her family. As mentioned before Dorothy didn't have much of a social life, not because she was unlikable but because she chose that kind of lifestyle.
One of her friends said that she was, “…as dull as a phonebook.” Which wasn't meant to be an insult but as a clear idea of what Dorothy was like in the eyes of those she surrounded herself with.
According to writer Brenda Thornlow, Dorothy's brother stated that his sister,
"...exemplified the word give. She'd just give and give, no matter what it cost her."
So, you're saying that Dorothy didn't have enemies?
No. It is possible that she had one or maybe two who disliked her but it was not likely. She wasn't abducted because she was hated by someone. But, this is where things get strange.
Spring of 1980
It was calm before the storm. In the Spring of 1980, an unidentified male began calling Ms. Scott while she lived with her Aunt. She told her mom after receiving several calls that she had recognized his voice but it was too difficult to place it. He would express his love for Dorothy and complimented her but like a switch he'd flip and become angry and threatening.
He then would inform her that he was watching her day-to-day and would describe what she was wearing down to the last detail. He described to her what her daily routines were and told her who she can and can’t interact with while she was at work.
Vera Scott recounted, "One day he called and said to go outside because he had something for her. She went out and there was a single dead red rose on the windshield of her car."
As days passed the phone calls continued to occur, but eventually they had taken a dark turn. One call in particular had frightened Dorothy into enrolling herself in a self-defense class and later she would purchase a handgun.
The phone call went along the lines of this: "Okay, now you're going to come my way and when I get you alone I will cut you into bits so no one will ever find you.”
I had spent a good two weeks reading several blogs and newspaper clippings and I listened to about three podcasts, and all of them offer either the same or new evidence relating to Dorothy's case. On May 28th, 1980, Dorothy attended a staff meeting at 9 P.M.. Only one of the articles that I had read mentioned a particular time, but whether it is factual or not it gives us a chronological idea of that night.
During the meeting she noticed that her co-worker Conrad Bostron wasn't looking well and she had persuaded him to allow her to take him to the hospital. Bostron obliged and so Dorothy drove him and their other co-worker, Pam Head, to the UC Irvine Medical Center. They left their work and before going straight to the hospital, Dorothy had stopped at her home to swap out the scarf that she was currently wearing for a red one. Afterwards she had transported her two friends to the hospital.
It was there when Bostron was diagnosed having been bit by a black widow. He was prescribed medication to help treat the venom and was then discharged around 11 P.M.. Pam recalled that Dorothy used the restroom before going and bringing the car to the front. When she had finished using the restroom she left to get the car while Pam and Conrad paid a visit to the hospital pharmacy.
Exiting from the hospital Pam and Conrad were surprised to find that Dorothy had not been waiting for them. A few minutes passed and the two were startled by Dorothy's car as it sped towards them. Its headlights blinded them as it made a right turn towards the exit of the parking lot. Once it exited the lights had been cut and the interior of the car had collapsed into darkness.
Pam believed that Dorothy left in a hurry due to an emergency with her son. An hour passed and Pam and Conrad were still waiting for Dorothy to return to pick them up. Remind yourself, the technology that we have now didn't yet exist in the 1980's so getting in contact with a friend was a bit of a stretch. When Dorothy hadn't picked them up, Pam had grown concerned and called Mr. and Mrs. Scott. She asked if Shawn was alright and explained that their daughter had abandoned them at the hospital abruptly, and hadn't returned since.
Mr. and Mrs. Scott claimed that Shawn was fine and there wasn't an emergency, nor had Dorothy returned home. Pam then immediately contacted the authorities.
May 29th, 1980 a 1973 White Toyota station wagon was found burning in an alley 10 miles away from the hospital. The police had identified it as Dorothy Scott's and when they analyzed the vehicle's remains they didn't find a single trace of Dorothy or her abductor. As the days went on, the police finally began to investigate and advised the Scotts to not speak to any reporter about their daughter's disappearance.
A week later, Vera had received a phone call from an unknown male voice.
"Are you related to Dorothy?" the male voice asked Mrs. Scott.
Excitedly she replied, "Yes."
"I've got her." the man told her before hanging up.
The menacing calls continued every Wednesday and Vera would answer them. The man would ask various questions about Dorothy's whereabouts or how she was doing. One Wednesday the calls had ceased when Jacob answered it.
He was fed up with having to wait for the police to find their daughter so he sought help from the Orange County Register. The same day that the article about Dorothy had been published, editor Pat Riley had gotten a phone call. An unidentified male told Riley:
"I killed her. I killed Dorothy Scott. She was my love. I caught her cheating with another man. She denied having someone else. I killed her."
“29 Unsolved Murders That Will Send Shivers Down Your Spine.” The Lineup, 17 June 2019, the-line-up.com/unsolved-murders-shivers-down-your-spine.
Thornlow, Brenda. “The Unsolved Murder of Dorothy Jane Scott.” Medium, Medium, 22 Jan. 2018, medium.com/@brenmar71/the-unsolved-murder-of-dorothy-jane-scott-11781be69d2f.
Varady, Cynthia. “Cold Case: Dorothy Jane Scott.” Demiworld Podcast, 21 Feb. 2020, demiworld.net/cold-case-dorothy-jane-scott/.