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Woman on Trial: The Lawrencia Bembenek Story (1993)

Woman on the Run: The Lawrencia Bembenek Story (original title)
Unrated | | Biography, Drama | TV Movie 16 May 1993
The true story of a woman who is sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering her husband's ex-wife. After being dismissed from the Milwaukee police, Laurie Bembenek is swept off her feet ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Fred Schultz
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Virginia Bembenek
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Joe Bembenek
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Don Eisenberg
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Russ
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Zena Jackson
Ari Magder ...
Sean Schultz
Graham Losee ...
Shannon Schultz
Gail Webster ...
Christine Schultz
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The true story of a woman who is sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering her husband's ex-wife. After being dismissed from the Milwaukee police, Laurie Bembenek is swept off her feet by divorced Fred Schultz and they decide to marry. The pair face mounting financial problems, but when Fred's ex-wife is killed with a bullet from his off-duty pistol, it is Laurie who is arrested for the brutal crime. Written by Anonymous

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Blind Justice
4 March 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Justice was definitely blind to the plight of Lawrencia Bembenek, who served 10 years in prison for the murder of her husband's ex-wife, in which she obviously had no role.

In this engrossing film, Lawri (aka 'Bambi') is beautifully played by Tatum O'Neal. Although this TV movie lasts for 3 1/2 hours, it is so totally intriguing that I had to wait for commercials to take a break or grab a snack.

You cannot help but feel empathy for this incredibly attractive young woman, who was set-up and/or victimized by everyone including her husband, the incompetent attorney who represented her, the Milwaukee police department, the U.S. justice system and trusted friends. The story exposes how blind our justice system can be, as time-after-time Lawri's attempts to appeal her case are denied despite new evidence that attests to her innocence.

Only Canada seems to get it. Highly recommended!


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