GUILTY CA - Sherri Rasmussen, 29, murdered in her Los Angeles home, 24 Feb 1986

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  1. JBean

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  3. Kimberlyd125

    Kimberlyd125 Softball is for everyone. Fast pitch is for athlet

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    Unreal! Makes you realize how many crimes of the past could have been solved with DNA.
     
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    Almost sounds like a movie.
    Glad they finally caught up with her
     
  5. SoccerMom

    SoccerMom Part time Sleuther

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    I wonder how many cold cases were committed by either LE or their families and covered up. There certainly can't be that high level of inter departmental incompetence in every case in the nation!
     
  6. Vegas Bride

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    This makes me think of the movie Fatel Attraction. Did she think she would get her ex boyfriend back if she killed his wife? They were only married 2 months before she killed her. Poor woman was beaten and shot. Since she had the gun to shoot her with Imo she first beat her just to cause her the highest level of pain first.

    VB
     
  7. Pegatha

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    This one is fascinating. I have so many questions. How do you kill someone and then just go on with a seemingly normal, productive life for 20 years? What about the boyfriend. Don't you think she would have told him what she did for him? Or, I wonder if he helped? Also, they didn't say exactly where the DNA came from. Is it possible the DNA was at the scene because they were having an affair, but not because she was the killer?
     
  8. Blackwatch

    Blackwatch Former Member

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    I think it's great that they caught this woman. Now, if LE would just catch some of the MALE perps within their organization. I'll bet there's lots and lots.

    Edited to add: I find it "interesting" that the perp they caught within their "own" was a female.

    My opinion only
     
  9. believe09

    believe09 Active Member

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    Tip, I would like to introduce you to iceburg.

    Reminds me of Louisiana-I remember a Vanity Fair article many years ago about a female cop who was popping people....

    here is a link to Antoinette Frank:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antoinette_Frank

    I don't think she is who I was thinking of however...
     
  10. Blackwatch

    Blackwatch Former Member

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    Good article, thanks. I know there are bad female LE. Then there are the Drew Petersen's, one wife drowned in an empty bathtup, another missing. I wonder if they ever would have done anything about Kathleen Savio's murder if he hadn't gotten so sure no one would pursue him.

    We have another guy, some sort of LE, security guard maybe? He was let out on bail after being accused of shooting his wife AND the guy he tried to pin the murder on. He took off the anklet and RAN - he's still gone, BTW.

    Guess my point is, even though there are BAD female LE that get caught, how many BAD male LE are there who have never, and never will, get caught? I do see this as a somewhat sexist thing. I really do.

    Any killer they can put away should be put away. I wonder what the ratio is, statistically, to the number of female LE CAUGHT, to the number of male LE CAUGHT? Remember Bambi? Run, Bambi, run!

    My opinion only
     
  11. Columbo

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    It might be because of the "Good Ole Boy" thing going on in LE. Although it certainly did take a while to bring this woman to justice.
     
  12. kittenish

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    I read that article.. She was insane!

    I wonder what her relationship to that Lacaze guy was...
     
  13. Pegatha

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    Oohh, here is a new article that explains the DNA was taken from the bite marks on the victim's body. That seems pretty conclusive for placing her at the murder scene at the time of the murder.
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/31181226/
    "Lazarus, who joined the force in 1983, was identified as a suspect through a recent DNA match of saliva taken from bite marks on Sherri Rasmussen's body, said Deputy Chief Charlie Beck."
     
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  15. SleuthyMama

    SleuthyMama Listening to my gut

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    ITA, Pegatha. It is fascinating. You wonder how someone could live the next 20 something years of their life after committing murder. Was she constantly in fear of being caught? Or did she think she'd made it this far and she was safe?

    My bet is she never told the ex boyfriend. I think he had no idea. But I do bet she thought that once he'd stopped grieving for his wife he'd find his way back to her. Guess that never happened.
     
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    Wow, I can't believe they didn't at least look at her when this happened. At least now her family has closure.
     
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    WOW! We'll definitely be seeing that story on a Law & Order. I'm glad they caught her before Rasmussen's parents died.
     
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    Someone's parents are having a press conference this morning. I don't know if it is the accused's parents or the murdered woman's parents.
    I am not much of a reporter lol.
     
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    Woops, now I see there was already a thread for this one. I searched and couldn't find it. D'oh.
     
  21. STEADFAST

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    BITE MARKS!!! :eek:

    I bet she's been nervous since DNA testing became possible. It's surprising she could be such a violent killer but (apparently) has lived a normal life before and since. Of course, we don't know if she's got any other victims out there.
     

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