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Snider sent erotic photographs of Stratten to Hefner.
In Stratten Playboy found not only its next hot property, but -- eventually -- its playmate of the year for 1980.
From evidence it suggested that Snider tied Stratten up, sexually assaulted her, and then put the shotgun next to her face and pulled the trigger. In case you have to have more Dorothy Stratten, visit...
Today marks the 30th anniversary of the murder, which was sort of a grisly combination of the crimes I've covered in this series so far.
The saga of model-turned-actress Dorothy Stratten is, by now, a familiar tale.
Slain at only 20 years old, Stratten led a brief and tragic life.
Like Dominique Dunne, Stratten was murdered by a jealous lover who, like Rebecca Schaeffer's killer, had turned into her stalker.
In less than a year she had gone from "girl at the snack bar" in Skatetown USA - a disco epic directed by the auteur behind Blackenstein and The Happy Hooker Goes to Washington featuring Scott Baio, Billy Barty, Marcia Brady, the Unknown Comic and Horshack - to headlining the tedious B-movie Galaxina.
Born Dorothy Ruth Hoogstraten on February 28, 1960, in a cow town outside of Vancouver, Canada, Dorothy (along with two siblings) was abandoned by her working-class father at an early age, leaving her mother, Nelly, to raise the children.
Dorothy was, by all accounts, a sweet-natured teenager with a gift for writing poetry and a lyrical and innocent view of life.
They All Laughed appeared in 1981 with an opening dedication to Stratten and received mixed reviews.
Bogdanovich worked through his grief by writing and publishing a 1984 memoir about Dorothy entitled The Killing of the Unicorn) (which includes extracts of poems by Stratten).
She often drew the sole critical praise in reviews of C-grade movies like Autumn Born (1979) and Galaxina (1980), and became one of the few actresses to escape from the Playboy stigma and land increasingly respectable roles.