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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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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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 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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August 13, 1991
In response to "Death Penalty Won't Be Asked in Killing of Actress" (Metro, Aug. 1), wherein Deputy Dist. Atty. Marcia Clark said it seemed unlikely that Robert John Bardo, a first offender, would have been given the death penalty if convicted by a jury: Just how many people does suspect Bardo have to kill before receiving the death penalty? Is it when he's a second-time offender? A third? Just what are the guidelines here? DORIS R. CHILDS, Los Angeles
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 1991
A prosecutor agreed Wednesday not to seek the death penalty for Robert John Bardo, the man charged with the murder of actress Rebecca Schaeffer, and Bardo agreed to be tried without a jury. Two years after the 21-year-old star of "My Sister Sam" was gunned down at her apartment door in the Fairfax District by an apparently obsessed fan, a trial date of Sept. 25 was set and Superior Court Judge Dino Fulgoni was assigned to the case. Deputy Dist. Atty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 20, 1990
A Dec. 7 trial date was set Friday for the allegedly obsessed fan charged with shooting actress Rebecca Schaeffer to death at her Fairfax apartment. Superior Court Judge Jacqueline Connor told lawyers at a brief hearing that she would meet with them next month to go over plans for jury selection. The defendant, Robert John Bardo, came to court in a wrinkled prison T-shirt and pajama pants. He stared at the top of the counsel table throughout the hearing.
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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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July 23, 1989 | STEPHEN BRAUN and CHARISSE JONES, Times Staff Writers
From his parents' house in a treeless, sun-parched subdivision in Tucson, Robert John Bardo wrote letter after letter to actress Rebecca Schaeffer, missives to another world. Scrawled shakily in pen, the letters were Bardo's way of reaching out from the boredom and insignificance of his young life. At 19, a janitor at a succession of hamburger stands, he was on the cusp of manhood, but going nowhere.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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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