In dramatic video, LAPD officials accuse fellow detective of being a killer
In a video obtained by The Times, a Los Angeles police detective charged with the 1986 murder of an ex-boyfriend's wife admitted to investigators the morning of her arrest that she had confronted the victim on multiple occasions.
But she denied having a role in the killing.
"You're accusing me of this? Is that what you're — is that what you're saying?" Stephanie Lazarus asked near the end of the roughly hourlong interview, after one of the detectives alluded to evidence that implicated her in the killing.
"Am I on 'Candid Camera' or something? This is insane. This is absolutely crazy. This is insane," Lazarus said minutes later after she walked out of the interview, only to be stopped, handcuffed and told she was under arrest for the murder of Sherri Rae Rasmussen.
The interview transcript, which became public during a hearing in Los Angeles County Superior Court, offers a detailed account of how LAPD homicide detectives duped their unsuspecting colleague into talking about the case and Lazarus' disbelief and panic as she realized she was the target of the investigation.
-- Joel Rubin and Andrew Blankstein