The Horrific Murder of Dorothy Stratten

Dorothy Stratten was merely a teenager when she was working at a Dairy Queen in Vancouver. She had been working there for four years serving ice cream to the customers. She was in high school back then and worked to support her mother who worked in a school cafeteria. The most unfortunate day of Dorothy’s life was probably when she caught the eye of the notorious Paul Snider.


Snider worked as a promoter for automobile and cycling shows but for his greed and extravagant lifestyle, his profession was not enough. He started to acquire girls and pimp them on the side. Dorothy was also one of those girls who captured the attention of Snider. He believed that Dorothy was his golden ticket to finally something major in Hollywood. Snider filled Dorothy with big Hollywood dreams and Dorothy, being the naïve girl she was, fell hard for them. Snider maintained an ostentatious look and never shied away from it. He was even called Jewish Pimp by many.

Dorothy Stratten & Paul Snider

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He pampered Dorothy Stratten and wooed her by feeding on her insecurities. He learned her weaknesses and complimented them in the most manipulative way. He gifted her expensive presents, took her to expensive dinners, and even bought her the gown that she wore to her senior prom. She was merely a teenager then and Snider was 26.


In 1978 when Playboy hosted the Great Playmate Hunt contest. It was to bring in a new Playmate for its 25th-anniversary issue. Snider took this opportunity and asked Dorothy to pose nude for the same. She was apprehensive and hesitant at first but came around gradually. The magazine was instantly captivated with Dorothy’s test shots and arranged for her a flight to Los Angeles. She had the innocence that was very rare for the people hiring at the magazine.

Dorothy Stratten & Her Rise To Fame

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Dorothy Stratten worked as Playboy Bunny at the Playboy Club. She was not allowed to serve alcohol as she was only 18 but she worked as the Door Bunny. Dorothy made connections and gradually became a part of Hollywood’s exclusive parties. But she was scared and all the glitz was still very new for her. Hence, she relied on the only man she trusted and knew from before – Snider.


Snider was growing jealous and bitter with the success of Dorothy Stratten. No one at the Playboy Mansion really liked him. He was seen trying to make out with other girls in the mansion and was ultimately kicked out by the security. He was only allowed with Dorothy Stratten later on.


Snider soon shifted to LA completely with Dorothy and they married in 1979. But even the marriage could not change Snider’s conceited mind. He felt left out, inferior, and believed everything that Dorothy Stratten has achieved and will achieve is because of him. Dorothy was becoming independent day by day and that did not sit well with Snider.

Dorothy Stratten & Paul Snider Falling Apart

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Dorothy Stratten landed acting gigs in Fantasy Island, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, and Galaxina. She was then introduced to the famous filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich. Bogdanovich fell head over heels for Dorothy and decided to write a role especially for her in the movie They All Laughed. According to Bogdanovich, the love was both sided. They fell madly in love during the production of the movie and wanted to get together. On the other hand, things were getting bitter between Snider and Dorothy. They were neither compatible professionally nor personally. Snider was getting more desperate and sour with each and every passing day.


Snider soon realized that he basically owned nothing and everything belonged to Dorothy. Dorothy asked for a divorce and also offered settlement considering that she owed a big time to Snider. It was on August 14, 1980, that Dorothy visited Snider to discuss settlement. Snider was alone at the house when Dorothy had arrived. Dorothy was advised against visiting Snider alone but as naïve as she was, she couldn’t see the evil in Snider.

Dorothy Stratten Fell For The Evil Trap

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Cushner and Lauerman, the roommates of Snider came the evening Dorothy was murdered. They heard the voices coming from television from Snider’s room. When they went to check after some time, the scene was one of the most horrific scenes they had ever seen. Both Dorothy Stratten and Snider were lying naked on the bed and there was blood everywhere. Dorothy was raped and shot multiple times in the face. Even in his last act of evil, Snider made sure that he made his intentions clear. His actions said that if he couldn’t have her, no one else would. He destroyed the most beautiful thing of his life inside out without any remorse and then killed himself.


Bogdanovich and Dorothy’s other close friends were devastated by the incident. They couldn’t believe that such a beautiful soul has left them so early. They believed she could have been anything she wanted to and the world of glamour and glitz ruined everything. Bogdanovich went ahead and took care of Dorothy Stratten’s family and even married her younger sister some years later.

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