Unbeknownst to her or anyone else, she had also captured the attention of a killer.
Schaeffer was waiting at home for a script to be delivered in July 1989. She had landed several auditions in upcoming Hollywood blockbusters, including “The Godfather Part III,” produced by Francis Ford Coppola, and this was her big shot.
There was a knock at the door. She answered it, expecting to receive a delivery from the movie studio. Instead, she found herself face-to-face with Robert John Bardo, a 19-year-old obsessed fan and stalker.
“He came here holding a letter that she had written to him,” said Compagno in the Fox Nation episode. “She had responded to one of his stalking letters… he was holding it and she turned him away.”