Nearly 30 years after Rebecca Schaeffer’s death, stalking is easier than ever


It has been nearly 30 years since model and actress Rebecca Schaeffer was fatally shot at her California home.

The story returns to the spotlight on 20/20, which airs Friday at 9:00 p.m. on WTRF – ABC Ohio Valley.

While Schaeffer was known for acting and modeling, her legacy is now one of improved laws against stalking. 

One local expert says that even with these laws on the books, it’s easier to stalk people now more than ever before.

“In the hands of the wrong people, we can be followed and tracked from a different country,” said Patricia Flanigan, program director for Family Violence Prevention at the Wheeling YWCA. “Sometimes I don’t think that we think enough about those types of behaviors and they’re out there and they happen. GPS systems, for instance, are a stalker’s best friend.”

Ways to avoid stalkers on social media include turning off your location on platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat. If you’re going to reveal your location in a post, it might be more advantageous to do so after the fact, as opposed to telling your followers where you will be.

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