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January 28, 1992 | Associated Press
A judge ruled Monday that the United States may proceed with its extradition request for Lawrencia (Bambi) Bembenek, a onetime Milwaukee police officer who escaped from a Wisconsin prison while serving a life term for murder. Ontario Court Judge David Watt said proceedings against the 33-year-old former Playboy Club waitress do not violate her rights under Canadian law.
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May 13, 1993 | MARY WILLIAMS WALSH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Through most of the 1980s, Lawrencia Bembenek, a former Milwaukee model and onetime police rookie, was a convicted murderer, guilty of the sensational, execution-style killing of her husband's first wife. But the woman often referred to as "Bambi" in the tabloids steadfastly proclaimed her innocence, and while she persuaded many people, Wisconsin authorities remained just as firmly convinced of her guilt. So was a jury: She received a life sentence in 1981.
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NEWS
April 21, 1992 | Associated Press
A former Playboy Club waitress and policewoman sentenced to life for murder was returned to Wisconsin from Canada on Monday, 21 months after she escaped from prison. Lawrencia (Bambi) Bembenek gained nationwide attention with her claims that she was framed for speaking out against higher-ups in the Police Department. Supporters sold T-shirts emblazoned with "Run Bambi, Run" after she escaped in July, 1990.
NEWS
December 10, 1992 | From Associated Press
Convicted killer Lawrencia (Bambi) Bembenek's long fight to prove that she was an innocent victim of a conspiracy ended Wednesday when a judge reduced her life prison sentence to 20 years and she was released. The former police officer and Playboy Club waitress struck a deal with prosecutors in which she pleaded no contest to a reduced charge in the 1981 slaying of her then-husband's ex-wife. In exchange, Bembenek gave up her right to appeal her new conviction.
NEWS
December 10, 1992 | From Associated Press
Convicted killer Lawrencia (Bambi) Bembenek's long fight to prove that she was an innocent victim of a conspiracy ended Wednesday when a judge reduced her life prison sentence to 20 years and she was released. The former police officer and Playboy Club waitress struck a deal with prosecutors in which she pleaded no contest to a reduced charge in the 1981 slaying of her then-husband's ex-wife. In exchange, Bembenek gave up her right to appeal her new conviction.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 13, 1993 | MARY WILLIAMS WALSH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Through most of the 1980s, Lawrencia Bembenek, a former Milwaukee model and onetime police rookie, was a convicted murderer, guilty of the sensational, execution-style killing of her husband's first wife. But the woman often referred to as "Bambi" in the tabloids steadfastly proclaimed her innocence, and while she persuaded many people, Wisconsin authorities remained just as firmly convinced of her guilt. So was a jury: She received a life sentence in 1981.
NEWS
January 10, 1992 | MARY WILLIAMS WALSH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The case of Lawrencia Bembenek, now in its 11th year, has from its outlandish beginnings been ripe for true-crime miniseries treatment. The gist of the story to date: - Bembenek, a pin-up model and sometime Playboy Club waitress, is convicted of the brutal, execution-style murder of her husband's first wife in a tract house hard by a Wisconsin interstate while the victim's two young sons scream in the next bedroom.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 21, 1992 | BETH KLEID, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Comeback Kid: Tatum O'Neal will play convicted killer Lawrencia (Bambi) Bembenek in an upcoming NBC TV miniseries, "Woman on Trial: The Lawrencia Bembenek Story." In her first major role since she married John McEnroe in 1986, O'Neal will play the ex-Playboy bunny, ex-policewoman and ex-fugitive who was convicted of killing her husband's ex-wife in 1981. Filming of the four-part miniseries begins next month; it will air in May.
NEWS
July 16, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Lawrencia Bembenek, a former model and Milwaukee police officer serving a life term for the 1981 murder of her husband's ex-wife, escaped from prison through a laundry room window, officials said. Footprints indicated Bembenek fled into a wooded area east of the Taycheedah Correctional Institution, Warden Nona Switala said. She was discovered missing during a bed check Sunday night.
NEWS
April 17, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Fugitive murderer Lawrencia (Bambi) Bembenek is expected to be deported to the United States from Canada within the next day, her lawyers said. Bembenek, 33, was serving a life sentence for killing her husband's ex-wife when she escaped in 1990. The extradition follows reassurances from Milwaukee authorities that they would not impede an application for a retrial based on fresh evidence and would not bring new charges related to Bembenek's flight from the United States.
NEWS
April 21, 1992 | Associated Press
A former Playboy Club waitress and policewoman sentenced to life for murder was returned to Wisconsin from Canada on Monday, 21 months after she escaped from prison. Lawrencia (Bambi) Bembenek gained nationwide attention with her claims that she was framed for speaking out against higher-ups in the Police Department. Supporters sold T-shirts emblazoned with "Run Bambi, Run" after she escaped in July, 1990.
NEWS
January 28, 1992 | Associated Press
A judge ruled Monday that the United States may proceed with its extradition request for Lawrencia (Bambi) Bembenek, a onetime Milwaukee police officer who escaped from a Wisconsin prison while serving a life term for murder. Ontario Court Judge David Watt said proceedings against the 33-year-old former Playboy Club waitress do not violate her rights under Canadian law.
NEWS
January 10, 1992 | MARY WILLIAMS WALSH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The case of Lawrencia Bembenek, now in its 11th year, has from its outlandish beginnings been ripe for true-crime miniseries treatment. The gist of the story to date: - Bembenek, a pin-up model and sometime Playboy Club waitress, is convicted of the brutal, execution-style murder of her husband's first wife in a tract house hard by a Wisconsin interstate while the victim's two young sons scream in the next bedroom.
NEWS
October 5, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A man who helped his girlfriend, a convicted murderer, escape from a Wisconsin penitentiary was sentenced to a year in prison by a judge in Fond du Lac, Wis. Dominic Gugliatto, 36, was convicted of picking up Lawrencia (Bambi) Bembenek near the prison and transporting her to Canada last summer. Bembenek, 33, is seeking political asylum in Canada. She claims she was framed by vindictive Milwaukee police for the 1981 murder of her police detective husband's ex-wife.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 15, 1993 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
Bambi II. A year after ABC's movie about convicted Lawrencia (Bambi) Bembenek's cop-to-convicted-murderer-to-prison-escapee-to-captured-fugitive odyssey, comes NBC's updated account based on Bembenek's own book portraying herself as a tragic victim of framing. Many agree with her, and it's that side that's told in the two-part "Woman on the Run: The Lawrencia Bembenek Story," airing at 9 p.m. Sunday and Monday on Channels 4, 36 and 39.
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