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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Rebecca Schaeffer's Murder Relived By Mom In Show

Above, the apartment building where Rebecca Schaeffer lived and died. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

A few years ago, my daughter treated me to a tour of the seamy side of Hollywood called "The Dearly Departed Tour". 

The tour consisted of stops at places in and around Hollywood where deaths (murder and otherwise) of celebrites took place along with a stop at the Westwood Cemetery.

One of the stops was at the apartment where actress Rebecca Schaeffer was murdered. I remember this case well.

Above, the doorway where Robert John Bardo shot Rebecca Schaeffer. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Fox News has reported that Schaeffer's mother had put on a one-woman show on her daughter's murder.

They wrote:
Danna Schaeffer received the worst phone call of her life on July 18, 1989. 
Her daughter, 21-year-old actress Rebecca Schaeffer, was fatally shot in the heart by Robert John Bardo in the doorway of her apartment. The crazed stalker, a 19-year-old, had paid a private investigator to obtain Schaeffer's home address in West Hollywood.

Last year, Danna was compelled to bring her family’s tragic tale to the stage with a one-woman show, titled “You in Midair.” 
Danna told Fox News she wouldn’t exactly call the writing process therapeutic, but she was ready to finally share her story.
Bardo was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

There's another reason this case stands out in my mind. I was a liability/casualty insurance adjuster at the time, the resulting California law, the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act, which prevents the Department of Motor Vehicles from releasing private addresses, somewhat hindered our ability to run license plates on vehicles in auto claims.

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