Stereo components were piled near the front door, ready to go, and a drawer had been pulled out from a living room table. His theory was only bolstered six weeks later, when a woman on the same street surprised two armed men who were burglarizing her condo.
Still, Mayer followed procedure and asked Ruetten about the people in the couple’s inner circle whom the police might want to interview.
Fragments from a heavy ceramic vase lay nearby; a little farther away a trio of roses sat in another vase, marking the couple’s three-month wedding anniversary.
The attack on Sherri Rasmussen did not seem to be a random act of violence but rather one driven by a personal animus.
During the next four years the pair would have sex dozens of times, though Ruetten, who didn’t regard Lazarus as a girlfriend, never told her he was seeing other women.