Case 42

Sherri Rasmussen

*** Content Warning: gun violence ***

When 29-year-old Sherri Rasmussen married the love of her life, John Ruetten, the future looked promising. But just three months after their wedding, Sherri was found shot to death in the couples Van Nuys apartment. One thing was clear – Sherri had fought for her life until the very end.

The apartment had been ransacked and Sherri’s BMW was missing, leading police to assume she had interrupted a burglar in the act. But had Sherri been murdered as part of a robbery gone wrong, or was there something more sinister at play?



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



Good cop bad cop



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



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




 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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