‘Run, Bambi Run’: The podcast

This week the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel published an article about a new multi-part Apple TV+ podcast that examines Lawrencia Bembenek  who was convicted of the 1981 murder of Schultz, the ex-wife of Bembenek’s then-husband, Elfred O. Schultz Jr. 

Last year the producers of the podcast contacted me and asked me to be interviewed for the series.

Late January 2021:

Hi Kevin,

I’m a podcast producer working on a series revisiting Laurie Bembenek’s story with fresh eyes. The host of the podcast is Vanessa Grigoriadis, a writer for The New York Times magazine. We’re returning to Laurie’s story in light of the conversations about power and policing that have come up in the last few years. And we’re hoping to better understand both the case and how it affected the people at its center.

I’m reaching out to you because I read your blog post about covering the case and your interview with Ira Robins. Vanessa and I would be interested in talking to you about the experience of being in the courtroom and what being part of the press covering the case felt like at the time. 

Thank you,
Sam Leeds

The interview took place the following week.

I haven’t heard much of the podcast. However here are some of the main points I made:

1) We may never know what really happened.

2) However, I believe she did it.

3) We must respect the jury. They were at the trial every day and heard and saw all the evidence.

4) To this day I am dismayed at the total lack of sympathy or regard for the victim.

Here is a link to the podcast.

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