Last Sunday, I caught a ride with fellow mystery author, Raul Melendez, and we headed down to L.A. to attend the November meeting of Mystery Writers of America SoCal Chapter. We met at the Tam O’Shanter restaurant, where we enjoyed excellent food and a fascinating speaker, Detective Robert Bub, who has been working on cold cases. Our member, Terri Nolan, who has been consulting with Bub for ten years, interviewed him. Detective Bub detailed the Sherri Rasmussen murder case, which his team solved 25 years after the 1986 killing.
Sherri’s husband, John Ruetten, returned home from work work one evening to find her “brutally beaten, and shot 3 times in the chest.” There was also a bite mark on her arm that played an important role.
Bub portrayed Sherri’s killer, Stephanie Lazarus, as a jealous lover who could not let Sherri’s husband go (they had continued the affair after his marriage to Sherri a few months earlier). When he told us that, like John Ruetten, Lazarus was also a cop, a gasp rounded the room. She was arrested in 2009, convicted and sentenced to twenty-five to life.
The CBS show, 48 Hours episode, One of Their Own, covered the crime.
Next month, SOCAL MWA joins with Sisters in Crime/LA for a holiday party. Trust me, I will be there!