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July 19, 1989 | DARRELL DAWSEY and ERIC MALNIC, Times Staff Writers
Rebecca Schaeffer, an actress who co-starred in the television sitcom "My Sister Sam" and appeared in the recent movie "Scenes From the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills," was shot to death Tuesday morning by an unidentified man at her apartment house in the Fairfax District. Police said the man shot the 21-year-old Schaeffer in the chest, probably with a pistol, as she opened the glass security door at the front of the apartment complex in the 100 block of North Sweetzer Avenue.
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December 21, 1991 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An obsessed fan was sentenced Friday to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for the murder of actress Rebecca Schaeffer in the doorway of her Fairfax district apartment two years ago. "Thank God it's over," the victim's mother, Danna Schaeffer, whispered through her tears after the sentencing of Robert John Bardo. "He'll be in there for the rest of his life. It's over." "I'm pleased with the verdict," said Schaeffer's father, Benson Schaeffer. "Justice is done."
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August 13, 1991 | PETER CARLIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Since her daughter was shot to death, Danna Schaeffer hasn't thought twice about jumping into the line of fire. Last spring, the petite woman with short red hair bounced to her feet in a suburban Oregon church auditorium filled with angry gun-control opponents. Without blinking, Schaeffer faced the crowd and said exactly what they didn't want to hear. Earlier, the rage in the town meeting had been aimed at Rep. Les AuCoin (D-Ore.
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October 30, 1991 | ANDREA FORD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Superior Court judge on Tuesday found an obsessed fan guilty of first-degree murder for shooting actress Rebecca Schaeffer in the doorway of her Fairfax district apartment building two years ago. Superior Court Judge Dino Fulgoni, who heard the case without a jury, also found Robert John Bardo guilty of the special circumstance of lying in wait to kill the actress, requiring a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
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October 5, 1991 | ANDREA FORD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The man accused of stalking and shooting actress Rebecca Schaeffer appeared to be "loony" when he was taken into custody the day after the actress was slain, a television reporter testifying for the defense in the murder trial of Robert John Bardo said Friday. Bardo, 21, seemed "at best disheveled and at worst drunk or stoned" as he was put into a Tucson police car, said James Wieder, who was working for a Tucson TV station at the time.
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July 18, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
The man accused of gunning down actress Rebecca Schaeffer at her Los Angeles apartment house a year ago today said he feels guilty about her death, still loves her and wishes she were alive. "I really feel kind of guilty about all that's happened. My feelings for her were uncontrollable," Robert John Bardo said. "I was a fan of hers and I may have carried it too far." Interviews with the 20-year-old high school dropout from Tucson, Ariz., were published today in The Oregonian, in Portland, Ore.
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October 30, 1991 | ANDREA FORD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Superior Court judge on Tuesday found an obsessed fan guilty of first-degree murder for shooting actress Rebecca Schaeffer in the doorway of her Fairfax district apartment building two years ago. Superior Court Judge Dino Fulgoni, who heard the case without a jury, also found Robert John Bardo guilty of the special circumstance of lying in wait to kill the actress, requiring a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
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December 21, 1991 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An obsessed fan was sentenced Friday to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for the murder of actress Rebecca Schaeffer in the doorway of her Fairfax district apartment two years ago. "Thank God it's over," the victim's mother, Danna Schaeffer, whispered through her tears after the sentencing of Robert John Bardo. "He'll be in there for the rest of his life. It's over." "I'm pleased with the verdict," said Schaeffer's father, Benson Schaeffer. "Justice is done."
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October 29, 1991
Defense and prosecution attorneys rested their cases in the murder trial of Robert Bardo on Monday after an investigator testified about sound tests conducted at slain actress Rebecca Schaeffer's apartment house in the Fairfax district. Superior Court Judge Dino Fulgoni, who is hearing the case without a jury, scheduled closing arguments for today.
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October 23, 1991
The obsessed fan who is on trial for killing actress Rebecca Schaeffer was "a sick young man," a psychiatrist testified Tuesday, rejecting a prosecutor's suggestion that Robert Bardo was just seeking attention. Deputy Dist. Atty. Marcia Clark attempted to show that Bardo's voluminous writings were filled not with psychotic hallucinations but with concerns common to teen-agers. She was cross-examining Dr.
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October 22, 1991 | ANDREA FORD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The man on trial for stalking and killing Rebecca Schaeffer gave a graphic account of the actress screaming "Why, why?" as he gunned her down in the doorway of her apartment building, according to a videotaped interview played in court Monday to bolster his insanity defense. Yet Robert John Bardo, 21, said on the tape that he "almost had a heart attack" when he heard on television that night that the fresh-faced sitcom star was dead.
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October 10, 1991
An obsessed fan wanted to commit suicide after he allegedly killed actress Rebecca Schaeffer, a psychiatrist said Wednesday. Robert Bardo said he put the murder gun to his temple, hoping his body would fall on that of Schaeffer, psychiatrist Park Dietz told a Los Angeles Superior Court. But the gun did not go off, Dietz said. Bardo is accused of murdering Schaeffer, a star of the television series "My Sister Sam," on her doorstep in the Fairfax district two years ago after ringing her door bell.
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October 9, 1991
Robert Bardo, hearing a tape in his trial Tuesday of a rock song that he has said inspired him to shoot actress Rebecca Schaeffer, rocked in his chair, drummed his hands on his leg and, smiling, mouthed the lyrics "pistol weighing heavy." His reaction to the song "Exit," from the rock group U-2's "Joshua Tree" album, was perhaps the most visible display of emotion the defendant has shown in the course of three weeks of testimony and evidence.
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October 5, 1991 | ANDREA FORD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The man accused of stalking and shooting actress Rebecca Schaeffer appeared to be "loony" when he was taken into custody the day after the actress was slain, a television reporter testifying for the defense in the murder trial of Robert John Bardo said Friday. Bardo, 21, seemed "at best disheveled and at worst drunk or stoned" as he was put into a Tucson police car, said James Wieder, who was working for a Tucson TV station at the time.
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July 24, 1989 | CHARISSE JONES, Times Staff Writer
"I do it for me I have the right to say no I live for now Life is not a movie . " --Rebecca Schaeffer Untitled Poem, July, 1989 Slain actress Rebecca Schaeffer was eulogized here Sunday as "a precious gift--a gift that was snatched back, but one that will give us extraordinary memories." Rabbi Joshua Stampfer told the 200 mourners at Ahavai Sholom Cemetery's small chapel that Schaeffer "brought in her short life more joy to more people than most of us achieve in a lifetime."
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September 27, 1991
The day after actress Rebecca Schaeffer was slain, obsessed fan Robert John Bardo sobbed and told a policeman, "You'd better arrest me now, I shot somebody," the officer testified Thursday. Schaeffer, 21, a star of the sitcom "My Sister Sam," was shot to death July 18, 1989, when she answered the door of her Fairfax district apartment. Tucson, Ariz., Police Officer John Norton said he was summoned a day later by a man who said there was a person on a freeway ramp "acting strangely."
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September 26, 1991 | ANDREA FORD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The man accused of stalking and then killing actress Rebecca Schaeffer was portrayed in the opening day of his trial as calm and rational during attempts to see Schaeffer at the television studio where she worked. "He was one of the most lucid and intelligent types of people that I've dealt with," John Egger, security chief for Warner Bros., said of Robert John Bardo.
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