Robert John Bardo is an American from Tucson, Arizona. In 1986 he became obsessed with actress Rebecca Schaeffer after sending her a letter. In 1989, Bardo witnessed her in a love scene in the 1989 film Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills; he later stated "Even though nothing really happened in the movie too dirty that involved her, it still bothered me, and it just ruined this innocent image of her." He paid a private investigator to find out her home address and began to stalk her. On 18 July 1989 he travelled to Shaeffer's home and murdered her.
Dr. Park Elliott Dietz, a psychiatrist who had worked on the case of John Hinckley, Jr. following his assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan, was assigned to work with Bardo. He told that court that Bardo claimed "Exit" had influenced his actions. According to the Associated Press, when the song was played in court "Bardo, who had sat motionless through the trial, sprang to life... He grinned, bobbed to the music, pounded his knee like a drum and mouthed the lyrics." Bardo was convicted of first-degree murder.