Case 42

Sherri Rasmussen

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Van Nuys is a neighbourhood 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 Boulevard.

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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Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men's Line: 1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call/

 

NEW ZEALAND:

Lifeline: 0800 543354

Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 (Text 4202)

CREDITS

 

NARRATION:

Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host

 

EPISODE:

Episode assisted in research and co-written by Anna Priestland

 

MUSIC:

‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn 

 

OTHER:

Logo design by Paulina Szymanska

 

 

RESOURCES

 

BOOKS:

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

 

AUDIO/VIDEO:

Good cop bad cop

 

ARTICLES:

In Plain Sight – The Los Angeles Magazine

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

JR victim impact statement – CBS News

Parents of a woman murdered by LAPD officer can’t sue the department – CBS Los Angeles

Reflecting on 100 years of women serving in the LAPD – LA Daily Mail

The Lazarus File – The Atlantic

Shocking pictures open Los Angeles detective’s murder trial – Fox News

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

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

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

A case so blue – Vanity Fair

Detective stalked slaying victim – Los Angeles Times

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

Detective stalked slaying victim, father says – Los Angeles Times

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

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

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

 

DOCUMENTS:

Bite mark analysis

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

PEOPLE v. LAZARUS

 

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

Verdict 

 

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Van Nuys is a neighbourhood 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 Boulevard.

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.

______

Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men's Line:  1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call

 

NEW ZEALAND:

Lifeline: 0800 543354

Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 (Text 4202)

CREDITS

 

NARRATION:

Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host

 

EPISODE:

Episode assisted in research and co-written by Anna Priestland

 

MUSIC:

‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn 

 

OTHER:

Logo design by Paulina Szymanska

 

 

RESOURCES

 

BOOKS:

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

 

AUDIO/VIDEO:

Good cop bad cop

 

ARTICLES:

In Plain Sight – The Los Angeles Magazine

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

JR victim impact statement – CBS News

Parents of a woman murdered by LAPD officer can’t sue the department – CBS Los Angeles

Reflecting on 100 years of women serving in the LAPD – LA Daily Mail

The Lazarus File – The Atlantic

Shocking pictures open Los Angeles detective’s murder trial – Fox News

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

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

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

A case so blue – Vanity Fair

Detective stalked slaying victim – Los Angeles Times

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

Detective stalked slaying victim, father says – Los Angeles Times

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

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

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

 

DOCUMENTS:

Bite mark analysis

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

PEOPLE v. LAZARUS

 

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

Verdict 

 

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