Dolores Shairp was Walter Kovacs' landlady. She had five children by five different fathers, and Kovacs suspected that she cheated on welfare. Her neck often had purple bite marks; Kovacs claimed that she reminded him of his mother. It is suggested she is a prostitute because when Kovacs calls her a whore, she tells him that the children "don't know". She often complained about his stench and rent.
When it was revealed that Kovacs was really Rorschach, Mrs Shairp told the press that he had made sexual advances to her, although this was a lie, and also called him a "Nazi pervert". She showed to the camera his stock of right-wing New Frontiersman issues. After Kovacs' subsequent escape, he accosted Shairp about this slur on his reputation, but did not attack her, presumably because her children were present.