Case 42

Sherri Rasmussen

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Van Nuys is a neighborhood in the central San Fernando Valley region of the city of Los Angeles, California. And it was there that newlyweds Sherri Rasmussen and John Ruetten lived in a condo together, on Balboa Boulevarde.

Sherri Rasmussen was born on the 7th of February 1957. Her parents were Nels and Loretta Rasmussen. The middle daughter of three, Sherri was known as a gentle, kind and caring woman. Strikingly beautiful. Her compassion for others drove her to study nursing at the age of 16. By the age of 29, she was the director of critical care at Glendale Adventist Hospital. Sherri was well respected and known for her caring approach to her job.

John Ruetten was born in Eugene, Oregon in September 1958. He excelled at basketball growing up, and he continued that passion at UCLA where he studied engineering. He was a charming, handsome and athletic student. He graduated in 1982 and a few years later secured a job as a mechanical engineer at a disk drive manufacturer.

John & Sherri met at a party in the Spring of 84. John was immediately attracted to Sherri. As soon as he met her, he got her number from a mutual friend.

They went on a date and instantly hit it off.

John moved into Sherri’s condo on Balboa Boulevard, and they married on the 23rd of November 1985, friends and family described them as utterly in love.

But tragedy was waiting.

Van Nuys is a neighborhood in the central San Fernando Valley region of the city of Los Angeles, California. And it was there that newlyweds Sherri Rasmussen and John Ruetten lived in a condo together, on Balboa Boulevarde.

Sherri Rasmussen was born on the 7th of February 1957. Her parents were Nels and Loretta Rasmussen. The middle daughter of three, Sherri was known as a gentle, kind and caring woman. Strikingly beautiful. Her compassion for others drove her to study nursing at the age of 16. By the age of 29, she was the director of critical care at Glendale Adventist Hospital. Sherri was well respected and known for her caring approach to her job.

John Ruetten was born in Eugene, Oregon in September 1958. He excelled at basketball growing up, and he continued that passion at UCLA where he studied engineering. He was a charming, handsome and athletic student. He graduated in 1982 and a few years later secured a job as a mechanical engineer at a disk drive manufacturer.

John & Sherri met at a party in the Spring of 84. John was immediately attracted to Sherri. As soon as he met her, he got her number from a mutual friend.

They went on a date and instantly hit it off.

John moved into Sherri’s condo on Balboa Boulevard, and they married on the 23rd of November 1985, friends and family described them as utterly in love.

But tragedy was waiting.

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– “California’s deadliest women: dangerous dames and murderous moms” – David Kulczyk

 Good cop bad cop

In Plain Sight – The Los Angeles Magazine

– California’s Scariest Female Murderers Have Their Chilling Tales Told

JR victim impact statement

Parents of a woman murdered by LAPD officer can’t sue the department

Bite mark analysis

Reflecting on 100 years of women serving in the LAPD

The Atlantic: The Lazarus File

Shocking pictures open Los Angeles detective’s murder trial

– Appeal by LAPD detective convicted of gunning down romantic rival fails

– Ex-LAPD Det. Stephanie Lazarus gets 27 years to life for murder

Stephanie Lazarus, a former LAPD detective, sentenced to 27 years to life in prison for 1986 murder

A case so blue

Detective stalked slaying victim

Homicides in LA 1970–2000

Quick links to Lazarus trial commentary and Witness testimonies on Sprocket’s “Trials and tribulations” Blog

Police case file: Rasmussen

26 years later, LAPD detective convicted of cold-case murder

PEOPLE v. LAZARUS

– Detective stalked slaying victim, father says

State Supreme Court refuses to hear case against former LAPD detective convicted of murdering romantic rival

– Appeal by LAPD detective convicted of gunning down romantic rival fails

– Parents of Sherri Rasmussen can’t sue LAPD over her murder in Van Nuys at the hands of detective Stephanie Lazarus, court rules

– Retired L.A. detective sentenced to 27 years to life for 1986 murder

 

DOCUMENTARIES:

 Dateline 48 hours “one of their own”

Stephanie Lazarus sentencing

Dateline NBC 2016 SL

CBS news 4 part documentary “internal affairs”

Full Stephanie Lazarus’ homicide interrogation video

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