Robert John Bardo (born
January 2, 1970) is an American man serving
life in prison without parole
after being convicted in October 1991 for the murder of actress
Rebecca Schaeffer on July 18,
1989, whom he had stalked for several years
Having previously stalked Samantha
before her death in 1985 in a plane crash
, Bardo turned his attention to
Schaeffer in 1986; among his methods were attempts to gain access
to the set of the TV series My Sister
, in which Schaeffer was then starring. Ultimately, he
obtained her home address via a detective agency, which in turn had
obtained it from the California Department
of Motor Vehicles.
He confronted her at her home,
supposedly for having starred in a sex scene in the film
Scenes from the
Class Struggle in Beverly Hills
and thus having lost her
innocence. Triggered by what he considered to be rude behavior
toward him, he shot her, resulting in her death. The prosecutor for
the state was Marcia Clark
, who later
became famous as a lead prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson
though she made her name in the legal profession with her
aggressive and intelligent prosecution of Bardo.
up in Tucson,
Arizona the youngest of seven children and the son of a
former Air Force
non-commissioned officer and a Korean national.
Partly as a
result of his actions and his means of obtaining Schaeffer's
address, the US federal government passed the Driver's Privacy Protection
which prohibits state Departments of Motor Vehicles
from releasing the home addresses of state residents.
Bardo was housed in a Security
(SHU) for inmates with sensitive needs, including
former gang members, notorious prisoners and those convicted of sex
27, 2007, Bardo was stabbed 11 times on his way to breakfast in the
maximum-security unit at Mule Creek State Prison in Amador County, California.
Two inmate-made weapons were found at the
was treated at the University of California, Davis Medical Center and returned to prison, officials
The suspect in the attack was another convict, serving
82-years-to-life for second-degree murder.