In 1989, when Robert Bardo fired two bullets into Rebecca Schaeffer’s chest – killing her – he also catapulted the word “stalking” into the American consciousness. Before 1989, “stalking” was not a word that was used commonly in America, and when it was used, it didn’t generally cause fear and anxiety. All that changed on July 18, 1989. It was the watershed event that led me to create the Los Angeles Police Department’s Threat Management Unit that same year. The political climate in Los Angeles at the time was the biggest hurdle to overcome. For more details, click on the below link.