Back in 1989, Robert John Bardo made headlines when he shot dead rising actress Rebecca Schaeffer inside the door of her apartment. Now, he is making headlines as the victim after being stabbed 11 times by a fellow inmate. The incident took place in the prison yard at Mule Creek State Prison in Amador County, California. His attacker, a man serving an 82-years-to-life sentence for second-degree murder, was said to have used two homemade weapons. The 37-year-old victim was treated at the University of California Davis Medical Center and returned to prison.

Bardo is serving a life sentence without parole for the first degree murder of Schaeffer, a 21-year-old actress who starred on the sitcom “My Sister Sam” in the 80s. Her death provoked the passing of anti-stalking laws. Bardo was 19 at the time of the murder and was a ruthless stalker who was obsessed with Schaeffer. The crazed fan sent the actress letters and tried to visit her. After she wrote him back with a signed autograph, he hired a private detective to track down her address from the Department of Motor Vehicles. He used computer databases to find out what kind of car she drove, who she called, and where she shopped.

In 1987, he tried to enter twice into Warner Brother Studios. The first time he brought a Teddy Bear. The second time, he brought a knife. Luckily, no one let him in. This angered him as did a scene in a movie Schaeffer had done which depicted her in bed with another actor. He decided to punish her for her immoral action. He drew a diagram of her body and marked where he was going to shoot her. Then, on July 18, 1989, he went to Schaeffer’s apartment in Hollywood and watched for her. He brought with him a copy of J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye. After a courier had delivered scripts to another person in the building, he decided to ring the buzzer. At the time, Schaeffer was planning to meet director Francis Ford Coppola to audition for the Godfather III. When the doorbell rang, she tried to use the voice intercom system, but it didn’t work so she answered the door. Bardo explained that he was her biggest fan, and she asked him to leave. He did but then returned, furious. He buzzed again and hid when she opened the door. When she stepped out over the threshold, he shot her in the chest and walked away. She fell to the ground and died.

Bardo had previously told his sister that he was going to visit Schaeffer and rid himself of an “unattainable obsession.” When she heard of the murder, she contacted police and turned her brother in. He was extradited to California from his home in Tucson, Arizona where he was convicted and is now serving out his life in prison.

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