Who Murdered Dorothy Jane Scott?

May 28, 1980

On this evening, Dorothy dropped her son off at her parent’s house in order to attend a staff meeting at the head shop. During this meeting, Dorothy noticed one of her coworkers, Conrad Bostron, looking ill. In addition, he had a large red streak on his arm that was becoming increasingly inflamed. It looked infected to Dorothy and she grew concerned. She and another coworker, Pam Head, offered to take him to nearby UCI Medical Center. While on their way, Dorothy made a pit stop to her parent’s home to check on her son and inform her parents of the situation.

The Discovery

Approximately three months after her disappearance, a construction worker came across something startling along Santa Ana Canyon Road in Anaheim. At first, he discovered the remains of a dog, but underneath the dog was a human head, pelvis, two thighs and an arm. A week later, authorities would confirm that these were the remains of Dorothy Scott.


In a blog I read regarding this case, Crimeblogger1983 had the opportunity to speak with Dorothy’s son and was given a name of interest: Mike Butler. Dorothy’s son became aware of Mike Butler through some of her old friends in Missouri. Butler knew Dorothy through his sister who also worked at the shop and, according to those who knew Dorothy, he was obsessed with her. Butler passed away from health complications in 2014. He was a writer who was often published in Stars and Stripes News. After graduating from Fullerton Union High School in the early 1960’s, he attended California State University, majoring in English. At the age of twenty, he was drafted into the U.S. Army. Butler lived around the Santiago Mountains and was known to be very unstable and involved in cult activities. Law enforcement was well-aware of him but did not have sufficient evidence to take action.



Brenda Thornlow is an author, animal advocate, and certified Reiki Master from New York. Her books can be found on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes.

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