Stalked: The Rebecca Schaeffer Story

CW: Themes/descriptions of violence

When 21-year-old Rebecca Schaeffer (previous star of “My Sister Sam”) opened her door on July 18, 1989, she expected to see a courier delivering the ‘Godfather 3’ script she needed for her exciting upcoming audition. Instead, Robert Bardo, who’d been obsessed with Rebecca for some time, pulled out a gun and shot her. Rebecca died within the hour.

While stalking was already a growing problem in America at that time, it was Rebecca’s tragic death, and the outcry that surrounded it, that led to the nation’s first anti-stalking laws. Listen to episode 24 to hear more about Rebecca’s story and the societal changes sparked by her murder. 

Show Notes for Episode 24!

Rebecca Schaeffer
CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images

Rebecca Schaeffer and Pam Dawber from ‘My Sister Sam’


“Your Biggest Fan,” 20/20 episode, April 2019

“Theresa Saldana: Actress and Attack Survivor Dies at 61,” New York Times, by William Grimes, June 8, 2016

“How Rebecca Schaeffer’s Horrific Murder Led to the Nation’s First Anti-Stalking Law,” Good Housekeeping, by Blake Bakkila, April 12, 2019

“Testimony Begins in Trial of Man Charged with Actress’ Murder,”  AP News, by Linda Deutsch, September 25, 1991

Wikipedia- My Sister Sam

“Suspect on Tape Tells of Actress’s Last Words,” Los Angeles Times, by Andrea Ford, October 22, 1991

Wikipedia– Robert John Bardo

“Stalking: Know It. Name It. Stop It.” CDC website, updated January 8, 2021

Promo for “My Sister Sam” with Pam & Rebecca

“Unsane” – SPOILERS for this film if you listen to our episode!!

Published by ashley raymer-brown

Ashley is an award-winning Independent Filmmaker from Northern Kentucky. Her first film, “No Lost Cause” is currently internationally distributed and was recently featured on TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network). Her memoir recalling her experience creating a film on a micro budget, “The Why Not Philosophy or How We Learned to Let Go, Trust God and Defeat the Raptors,” was released February 2015 and is available on Her second feature film, “The Hepburn Girls” was released on and in the summer of 2016. Ashley is also a long-time lover of all things theatre and in the spring of 2014, she helped found and became the Vice-President of the theatre company, “The Theatre Downstream.” Their first large scale summer musical, “Beauty and the Beast” was awarded Best Musical (Local), Best Actor in a Musical (Local), Best Actress in a Musical (Local), and Best Set Design by the BroadwayWorld Louisville awards in 2016, and their 2017 production of "Annie" sold over 2,100 tickets, a company record-breaking number! No matter what the project, Ashley is happiest when she is able to bring talented people and their art together for the consumption and appreciation of the public. While her taste remains vintage, she is grateful for the technology of the modern world and the opportunity to share her thoughts, aspirations, and misadventures. Her lofty dreams are to create things that people remember and to one day own an alpaca. Above all, she loves God, her family, her friends, her cats, and brownies. External websites: “No Lost Cause”- The Theatre Downstream- “The Why Not Philosophy”-

2 thoughts on “Stalked: The Rebecca Schaeffer Story

  1. About more people present resulting in less people helping… That made me think of when the electricity goes out because of a storm & no one calls it in because they all assume that someone else has already called it in.

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