Ira Robins, private investigator who worked on Bembenek case, dead at 77

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Ira Robins

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office confirms that Ira Robins has died — he was 77 years old.

Robins was well known in part because of investigative work he did in defense of Lawrencia Bembenek in the 1990s. Bembenek, a former Playboy Club waitress, escape from Taycheedah Correctional Institution in 1990.┬áThat escape inspired the phrase, “Run Bambi Run.”

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Records from the medical examiner’s office indicate Robins died late on Tuesday, Jan. 8. He had a cardiac history. Officials say his death appeared natural.

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