Robert John Bardo Biography
(Murderer of actress and model Rebecca Schaeffer)
Birthday: January 2, 1970 (Capricorn)
Born In: Edwards Air Force Base, California, United States
Robert John Bardo is an American convicted murderer presently imprisoned in Avenal State Prison in California, USA. He was sentenced to life imprisonment in October 1991 for killing American actress and model Rebecca Schaeffer after stalking her for three years. A native of Arizona, Bardo grew up in a mixed-race family. His father served in the US Air Force as a non-commissioned officer. He had a turbulent childhood. The youngest of seven children, he suffered abuse at the hands of his siblings. The situation got so bad that he threatened to kill himself, after which he was put in foster care. There were cases of mental illness in his family, and the doctors deduced that he had bipolar disorder. When he was 15 years old, he was put in a mental institution for treatment of emotional problems. After leaving school in the ninth grade, he got a job as a janitor. In the months leading up to Schaeffer’s death, Bardo was apprehended by the police three times. Before stalking the model-actress, he obsessed over and stalked child peace activist Samantha Smith until her death in a plane crash.