DEATHIVERSARY: Rebecca Schaeffer

π™Ύπš— πšπš‘πšŽ πš–πš˜πš›πš—πš’πš—πš 𝚘𝚏 π™Ήπšžπš•πš’ 𝟷𝟾, 𝟷𝟿𝟾𝟿, 𝟸𝟷-πš’πšŽπšŠπš›-πš˜πš•πš πšŠπšŒπšπš›πšŽπšœπšœ, πšπšŽπš‹πšŽπšŒπšŒπšŠ πš‚πšŒπš‘πšŠπšŽπšπšπšŽπš›, πš’πšœ πš–πšžπš›πšπšŽπš›πšŽπš πš‹πš’ πšπšŠπš— πšπšžπš›πš—πšŽπš πšœπšπšŠπš•πš”πšŽπš›, π™Ήπš˜πš‘πš— π™±πšŠπš›πšπš˜. π™±πšŠπš›πšπš˜ πšœπš‘πš˜πš˜πšπšœ πš‚πšŒπš‘πšŠπšŽπšπšπšŽπš› 𝚊𝚝 πš™πš˜πš’πš—πš-πš‹πš•πšŠπš—πš” πš›πšŠπš—πšπšŽ πš’πš— πšπš‘πšŽ πšŒπš‘πšŽπšœπš πš˜πš— πšπš‘πšŽ πšπš˜πš˜πš›πšœπšπšŽπš™ 𝚘𝚏 πš‘πšŽπš› πšŠπš™πšŠπš›πšπš–πšŽπš—πš πš‹πšžπš’πš•πšπš’πš—πš. πšƒπš‘πšŽ πš’πš—πšπšŽπš›πšŒπš˜πš– πšπš’πšπš—'𝚝 πš πš˜πš›πš”, 𝚜𝚘 πš‚πšŒπš‘πšŠπšŽπšπšπšŽπš› πš‘πšŠπš 𝚝𝚘 πšŽπš‘πš’πš πš‘πšŽπš› πšŠπš™πšŠπš›πšπš–πšŽπš—πš πšŠπš—πš πšπšŽπšœπšŒπšŽπš—πš 𝚊 πšπš•πš’πšπš‘πš 𝚘𝚏 πšœπšπšŠπš’πš›πšœ 𝚝𝚘 πšπš‘πšŽ πš‹πšžπš’πš•πšπš’πš—πš'𝚜 πšπš•πšŠπšœπšœ πšπš›πš˜πš—πš πšπš˜πš˜πš›πšœ. πš‚πš‘πšŽ'𝚜 πš’πš— 𝚊 πš‹πšŠπšπš‘πš›πš˜πš‹πšŽ, πšπšŽπšπšπš’πš—πš πš›πšŽπšŠπšπš’ 𝚝𝚘 πš–πšŽπšŽπš πš πš’πšπš‘ π™΅πš›πšŠπš—πšŒπš’πšœ π™΅πš˜πš›πš π™²πš˜πš™πš™πš˜πš•πšŠ 𝚝𝚘 πšŠπšžπšπš’πšπš’πš˜πš— πšπš˜πš› "πšƒπš‘πšŽ π™Άπš˜πšπšπšŠπšπš‘πšŽπš› 𝟹." πš‚πš‘πšŽ πš™πš˜πš•πš’πšπšŽπš•πš’ πšŠπšœπš”πšœ π™±πšŠπš›πšπš˜ 𝚝𝚘 πš•πšŽπšŠπšŸπšŽ. π™·πšŽ 𝚐𝚘𝚎𝚜 𝚝𝚘 𝚊 πš—πšŽπšŠπš›πš‹πš’ πšπš’πš—πšŽπš› πšŠπš—πš 𝚜𝚝𝚎𝚠𝚜 πš˜πšŸπšŽπš› 𝚊 πšœπš•πš’πšŒπšŽ 𝚘𝚏 πšŒπš‘πšŽπšŽπšœπšŽπšŒπšŠπš”πšŽ. π™·πšŽ πš›πšŽπšπšžπš›πš—πšœ 𝚝𝚘 πš‚πšŒπš‘πšŠπšŽπšπšπšŽπš›'𝚜 πš‹πšžπš’πš•πšπš’πš—πš πšŠπš— πš‘πš˜πšžπš› πš•πšŠπšπšŽπš›. πšƒπš‘πš’πšœ πšπš’πš–πšŽ πš πš‘πšŽπš— πšœπš‘πšŽ πšŠπš—πšœπš πšŽπš›πšœ πšπš‘πšŽ πšπš˜πš˜πš›, πšœπš‘πšŽ πšŠπšœπš”πšœ πš‘πš’πš– 𝚝𝚘 πš•πšŽπšŠπšŸπšŽ πš‘πšŽπš› πšŠπš•πš˜πš—πšŽ. π™±πšŠπš›πšπš˜ πš›πšŽπšœπš™πš˜πš—πšπšœ πš‹πš’ πšœπšŠπš’πš’πš—πš, "𝙸 πšπš˜πš›πšπš˜πš 𝚝𝚘 πšπš’πšŸπšŽ 𝚒𝚘𝚞 πšπš‘πš’πšœ." π™·πšŽ πš™πšžπš•πš•πšœ 𝚊 πšπšžπš— 𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝚘𝚏 𝚊 πš™πš•πšŠπšœπšπš’πšŒ πš‹πšŠπš πšŠπš—πš πšœπš‘πš˜πš˜πšπšœ πš‘πšŽπš›. π™΅πš˜πš› πšπš‘πšŽ πšπšžπš•πš• πšœπšπš˜πš›πš’, πšŒπš‘πšŽπšŒπš” 𝚘𝚞𝚝 π™³πšŽπšŠπš πš’πš— π™·πš˜πš•πš•πš’πš πš˜πš˜πš: πš‚πšπšŠπš•πš”πšŽπš (π™ΈπšœπšœπšžπšŽ #𝟽).

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Stalked! Dominique Dunne (November 23, 1959 / November 4, 1982)

I walk home from work past the street where Dominique Dunne lived - Rangely Ave. in West Hollywood. Dunne was strangled to death in the driveway of this home by her ex-boyfriend John Thomas Sweeney who served less than 4 years for her murder. I think about Dunne every time I pass by and since I started working on the next issue of Dead in Hollywood it has become a particularly poignant part of my walk. β€œStalked" follows the lives of Dunne, actress Rebecca Schaeffer, and cheerleader/model Linda Sobek. All three women are stalked to their death by deranged men with criminal records. In death, these women are responsible for new laws that are put in place to protect stalking and domestic violence victims. 

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John Bardo's Prison Drawings

John Bardo’s family has a history of mental illness, and Bardo himself is diagnosed with manic depression. At 15, Bardo is institutionalized for β€œemotional problems.” He drops out of high school in the 9th grade and begins work as a janitor at a Jack in Box. On the cusp of manhood and going nowhere, Bardo writes letter after letter to actress Rebecca Schaeffer - β€œbeneath a corona of curls, Schaeffer projects a kid sister's helplessness.” What stalker can resist that shit?!?! In these letters, Bardo details his chaste devotion to the fresh-faced Schaeffer. He quotes John Lennon lyrics, telling her that he is "a sensitive guy." In one passage, he explains: "I'm harmless. You could hurt me.” Bardo kills Schaeffer on her doorstep with a single gunshot to the chest. 

Bardo is found guilty of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. As of 2018, Bardo is serving his life sentence at the Ironwood State Prison in Blythe, California where he spends his days drawing pictures of Schaeffer along with a who's who of pop and movie stars. They sell for $25 to $100.

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