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Female Art Theft Detective Arrested for Cold Case Murder

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LAPD detective Stephanie Lazarus, who was profiled on the side as an art theft detective protégée in the LA Weekly's People Issue this year, was arrested this this morning for the 1986 murder of ex-boyfriend's wife, who was beaten and fatally shot.Back then, the case led nowhere, but two things today contributed to finding the alleged killer. One is the advancement of DNA and when it was tested recently, it showed it was from a female, not a man as they expected. Two, the lower murder rate apparently is allowing for detective to focus on cold cases. When they opened up the case of Sherri Rae Rasmussen, a hospital nursing director in Glendale, they saw that their own detective Lazarus was connected via her ex-boyfriend and with female DNA in the picture, they were on to something, the LA Times explains: