Rebecca Schaeffer (120 N. Sweetzer Ave. #4 - West Hollywood, CA)

On the morning of July 18, 1989, John Bardo wanders around actress, Rebecca Schaeffer’s, neighborhood, wearing  a yellow shirt - soon to be splattered in the Schaeffer's blood. He flashes neighbors Schaeffer’s glossy headshot in hopes that they might point him in her direction. He approaches Schaeffer’s building at 10:15AM and buzzes unit #4 - Schaeffer’s name is listed on the callbox. The callbox remains the same today, but in place of names are apartment numbers. Schaeffer isn’t prepared for the buzzer to ring. She's getting ready for a meeting with Francis Ford Coppola - she hopes to be cast in “The Godfather III” - a role ultimately going to his daughter, director Sophia Coppola (Virgin Suicides, Lost in Translation). The intercom doesn’t work, so Schaeffer exits her apartment in a bathrobe and descends the flight of stairs leading to the glass front door. She opens the door and talks to Bardo politely, but says that she is really busy and to please leave her alone. Bardo walks away, seething. He can’t believe she would talk to fans like that. He sits down at a nearby diner, Jan’s - now a Chipotle - and orders onion rings and slice of cheesecake. He returns to Schaeffer’s building an hour later. Still in her bathrobe, Schaeffer answers the door again. This time she says that he’s wasting her time and to please leave her alone. Bardo responds by saying, “I forgot to give you this.” He pulls a gun out of a plastic bag and shoots Schaeffer at point-blank range in the chest. She is pronounced dead 30 minutes later at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. 

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