Protected By The Badge Ep. 49

The Murder of Sherri Rasmussen

The blue wall of silence is an informal code among police officers not to report on a fellow cop’s misconduct or crimes. Any officers who refuse to lie to protect a corrupt cop may be threatened and ostracized by their fellow police officers. This glorified corruption goes back as far as we can tell to at least the 1800s. In Los Angeles California, that blue code allowed a murderer to escape justice for 23 years. 

Sherri Rasmussen and John Ruetten
Ex Girlfriend of John Ruetten, Stephanie Lazarus
Detectives Jim Nuttall, Robert Bub, Pete Barba and Marc Martinez
Criminalist Jennifer Francis
Convicted Killer Stephanie Lazarus


Aishwarya Sinha, Film Daily News; “Sherri Rasmussen: Why did it take 20 years to find her killer?”
Mark Bowden, Vanity Fair; “A CASE SO COLD IT WAS BLUE”
Wikipedia; “Murder of Sherri Rasmussen”
Los Angeles CBS News; “Former LAPD Detective Found Guilty Of 1st Degree Murder”
Los Angeles CBS News; “Stephanie Lazarus, former LAPD detective, sentenced to 27 years to life in prison for 1986 murder”
48 Hours; “One of their Own”

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