Sunday, March 17, 2019

Stephanie Lazarus In Her Own Words (Part VI, 3/17/86)

T&T EXCLUSIVE

Stephanie Lazarus In Her Own Words (Part VI, 3/17/1986)

In 1986, Sherri Rasmussen was murdered in her Van Nuys home.

23 years later, in 2009, LAPD Detective Stephanie Lazarus was arrested for the crime. Lazarus was convicted of first degree murder in 2012, a trial I covered from gavel to gavel.

Early in her LAPD career, Stephanie kept a diary of her daily patrol rounds.

This diary entry is from March 17, 1986, 33 years ago today and three weeks after Sherri's murder.

 At the time, Stephanie was a patrol officer assigned to the LAPD’s Devonshire Division. Her partner that day was Dennis H---.

H---

A83

2330 – 0815 (NO C-7)
DEV 


3-17-86
 

First thing we did after roll call was to Handle a Code 30 on Vassar.

Then we had donuts Lassen / De Soto. At 0100 we had to go to the Station. I had to conduct a Rape Investigation. At first this Rape seemed legitimate. But as the story went on this blk female who lived at 91st and Vermont downtown got picked up by a blk male at 2300, went home with him to Merridy / Zelzah where he raped her and took her $21.00. It was rather the usual story for a prostitute. She doesn’t get paid so she claims rape.

We went by the apt and he wasn’t there. We took her to West Park for medical treatment. Then we went back to the Station to finish reports and see what we were going to do w/ her. We had to go to Parker Center to book the rape kit so we took her w/ us. She called her mom. There is always so much paper work for such a unnecessary report.

We stopped by Western Bagels on the way home, got some bagels.

Dennis wrote a registration ticket and a red light and that was EOW. We put in for no Code 7. Dennis is crazy to work w/. You don’t know know if he’s serious or not on anything. 

NOTE This morning Sgt. Ryan counseled me on a matter Scotty Henderson and I dealt with a few days ago. This man we had stopped at Tampa / Plummer in a Volkswagen who ran the light in front of us came in to complain that I yelled at him. He liked Scotty but said I yelled at him. I should have written that fool.


My friend Matthew McGough's book, The Lazarus Files: A Cold Case Investigation, will be released on April 30, 2019. You can pre-order his book on Amazon HERE.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Jennifer Francis v. City of Los Angeles (LAPD), Trial Day One

Stanley Mosk Courthouse, Downtown Los Angeles

March 11, 2019
Jury selection begins in the civil case of Jennifer Francis v. City of Los Angeles (LAPD). This case is related to the Stephanie Lazarus murder trial. In 2012, Lazarus was convicted of first degree murder in the 1986 death of Sherri Rae Rasmussen.

Francis is the LAPD DNA analyst who in 2005, developed the DNA profile that pointed to a female suspect having murdered Sherri.

Francis is alleging retaliation by the City for having alerted LAPD management that investigators may have known about Lazarus in 2005, but failed to act on that information. Francis alleges that she was labeled as unstable and ordered to undergo counseling after she alerted her superiors.

The questions in this case that relate to the Lazarus case are, what did the LAPD know about Lazarus, and when did they know it? Did LAPD detectives look the other way once DNA showed that Sherri’s killer was a woman, and possibly a fellow officer?



This trial is expected to last two weeks or more. I hope to cover the entire trial. If I cannot attend, I will be getting updates from fellow journalists.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Stephanie Lazarus In Her Own Words (Part V, 3/07/1986

T&T EXCLUSIVE

Stephanie Lazarus In Her Own Words (Part V, 3/7/1986)

In 1986, Sherri Rasmussen was murdered in her Van Nuys home.

23 years later, in 2009, LAPD Detective Stephanie Lazarus was arrested for the crime. Lazarus was convicted of first degree murder in 2012, a trial I covered from gavel to gavel.

Early in her LAPD career, Stephanie kept a diary of her daily patrol rounds.

This diary entry is from March 7, 1986, 33 years ago today. At the time, Stephanie was a patrol officer assigned to the LAPD’s Devonshire Division. Eleven days earlier, Stephanie murdered Sherri.

2330 – 0815 
K--- 
X53

DEV

3-7-86 


K--- drove tonight thank god. I didn’t sleep very much today. I was very tired. In fact all I did all night was to sleep. I couldn’t keep awake if you paid me. So we just drove around. [K---] is very unsafe, but I was so tired.

She made a few traffic stops for Drunks that were so far from being drunk. She also stands real close, and then she explains that she thinks they're border line drunk and to be careful.
 

For Code 7 I slept at the Station.

Then as the Sun was coming up [K---] wanted to get a few tickets. We stopped and sat on stop lights that there was no way anyone was going to run. Then she’d move to another crummy location. I told her no one was going to run these lights. I was really so tired I didn’t really care.

K--- is really bad news as far as tactics and knowing what to do. Very little common sense and until you work with her, one doesn’t really know.


 My friend Matthew McGough's book, The Lazarus Files: A Cold Case Investigation, will be released on April 30, 2019. You can pre-order his book on Amazon HERE.