Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Stephanie Lazarus and the Murder of Sherri Rae Rasmussen

On June 22, 2009, after 23 years, cold case detectives finally solved the murder of Sherri Rasmussen, but evidence implicated one of their own.

VIDEO: The Cop-on-Cop Interrogation of Stephanie Lazarus

If you’ve got an hour to watch (or even just listen to) someone’s life fall apart, this video is for you. In 1986, Stephanie Lazarus, a rookie LAPD patrol officer, brutally murdered her ex-boyfriend’s new wife, Sherri Rae Rasmussen. She’d gotten away with it, until 2009, when she was questioned–and later arrested–by her brothers in blue.

Former LAPD Detective Sentenced for 1986 Murder of Ex-Boyfriend’s Wife

Stephanie Lazarus, a decorated detective in the LAPD Art Crimes Unit, was sentenced today to a 27-year prison term for the first-degree murder of Sherri Rae Rasmussen more than 25 years ago.

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