Stalked: The Rebecca Schaeffer Story

About this episode

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
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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!!

2 Responses

  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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