Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Stephanie Lazarus In Her Own Words (Part VIII, 4/16/86


Stephanie Lazarus In Her Own Words (Part VIII, 4/16/1986)

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 April 16, 1986, about seven weeks after Sherri's murder.

 At the time, Stephanie was a patrol officer assigned to the LAPD’s Devonshire Division.

0730 – 1615 (1545)

I had to go to loan to North Hollywood. They had a training day. I got to work w/ Scotty which was ok. At least I knew him. I drove. We didn’t do a thing all day. I think we had 3 radio calls.

I drove around the North Hwd Hills because I like to look at the large houses. We took a Code 30 in the Hills off of Dona Pegita. We checked the house, nothing, then the woman came home. She had a lovely house and her husband had just died. She was nice though I felt sorry for her. Scotty was looking for an old Stove. So we looked at used appliance stores.

Then we ate at the Sea Food Broiler. They didn’t go 1⁄2 or anything but I had crab. It cost 10.95 but I didn’t care.

The only other call we got was a child abuse. Well lucky for us it was only a DPSS social worker checking on a child that might have been abused by her mother, a broken finger. The mother was 21 yrs old and didn’t seemed to concerned, but the DPSS worker didn’t take the child because the people the child was staying w/ promised to take the child to the hosp.

We did have a call in Van Nuys – family dispute. The wife was bothering the husband, but she had left. The man was really sleazy and the house had about 6 cars in the front yard.

We stopped for Baskin Robbins ice cream on Victory / Fulton. Surprisingly enough it was free.

H--- was nice and picked up my dishwasher and delivered it to my house.

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.

The previous diary entry can be found HERE.
The next diary entry can be found HERE.