The Lazarus File

6/24/12 update: “The Lazarus File” wins two Los Angeles Press Club awards! Details and thanks here.

“The Lazarus File” – The Atlantic Magazine, June 2011

In 1986, a young nurse named Sherri Rasmussen was murdered in Los Angeles. Police pinned down no suspects, and the case gradually went cold. It took 23 years—and revolutionary breakthroughs in forensic science – before LAPD detectives could finally assemble the pieces of the puzzle. When they did, they found themselves facing one of the unlikeliest murder suspects in the city’s history.

To continue reading “The Lazarus File” on The Atlantic’s website, click here.

To read “The Lazarus File” as a PDF, as it appeared in the print edition of the magazine, click here. (To download, right click and select “Save as…”).

Given the story’s length (about 9,000 words) and somewhat intricate structure, I recommend the magazine layout (PDF).