Robert John Bardo, a stalker who murdered the 21-year-old American actress Rebecca Schaeffer
in 1989, claimed this song compelled him to kill her. At the trial, his defense attorney said that the lyric in the song, "The pistol weighed heavy," gave Bardo "his idea for the mission."
When the song was played at the trial
, Bardo became animated, singing along to it.
The killing brought privacy concerns to light, especially in regard to celebrities - Bardo obtained Schaeffer's address from a private investigator who simply queried DMV records.Ozzy Osbourne
were taken to task when their songs came up in murder trials, but U2 faced little scrutiny, as they weren't a metal band. Bardo was convicted of first-degree murder and given a life sentence.