It was one of the most sensational murder cases in U.S. history. Lawrencia "Bambi" Bembenek, a former Playboy waitress and ex-Milwaukee police officer, was arguably railroaded and convicted of murder. When all hope of proving her innocence seemed lost, she planned a daring escape from a Wisconsin prison with her boyfriend, and together the lovers slipped into Canada under assumed names. Now, nearly twenty years after the escape, Dominic Gugliatto wants to set the record straight. The man who laid it all on the line tells a different tale - one of deception and betrayal. For the first time, Gugliatto speaks out about the corruption, lies, and secrets long buried. That Bembenek knew more about the murder than she professed, and that the prison escape involved co-conspirators both inside and outside the prison's walls, including a retired Milwaukee police officer. It's the whole truth that the public has demanded for over two decades, told by the only man who knows it all.
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How far would you go for the one you loved? Would you risk everything you had? Your job, family, freedom? Your life? You Never Have To Remember The Truth is the true story of a man who did just that: risk it all for the love he felt for one woman. Unfortunately, that risk would find him in trouble with the law and cost him more than he knew. I was about 11 years old when the story hit the headlines. Lawrencia “Bambi” Bembenek, a former police officer from Milwaukee, was charged and convicted of first degree murder for killing her then husband’s ex wife. Even though I was young, I still remember a bit about the case from what made national headlines. The story was even made into a TV movie, starring Tatum O’Neal. What I didn’t remember was her escape and the man who helped her, Dominic “Nick” Gugliatto. As a fan of true crime, when I heard this book was being written, I was eager to read what Nick had to say. I also had a lot of questions. Why write a book now? Did he want to tell the world his side of what happened? Did he still feel Lawrencia needed him to show he still believed in her innocence after all these years? Or did he just want some closure on that part of his life? After reading this book, I think you will feel as I do. He wanted a little of all of the above. Nick met Lawrencia while she was serving time for the murder when he visited his sister at the same prison. They began a relationship of letter writing and phone calls, that built up to visits and eventually, Nick fell I love. He eventually helped her escape from prison and the two lovers fled to Canada, where they lived under assumed names until eventually being captured. Nick was brought back to the states and did time for his part in the escape. At some point, Lawrencia broke ties with Nick and he did move forward with his life. According to Nick, there is a lot of truth that has never been told before. Conflicting statements made by the police, witnesses and even Lawrencia, herself. Nick still maintains that he KNOWS Lawrencia was not guilty, but he also knows Lawrencia knew far more about the murder than she let on. Just how much was she involved in? This is Nick’s story, his words, his truth as told to award-winning author, Kelly Moran. Kelly is a romance and children’s author, who I think did an amazing job on her first leap to a different genre. The style of writing made me feel as if Nick was having a casual conversation with me, explaining what went on almost 20 years ago. I enjoyed the Q & A session with Nick at the end of the book, which gave me answers some questions I had on why Nick chose to tell his story now. The little sarcastic remarks after some passages had me smirking and every time he said “More about that, later”, I wanted to say to him “no, more about that, NOW!”, so I kept on reading. This is a short memoir, and was written in a way that made even the legal information provided easy for me to understand. I recommend it for anyone who had an interest in this case and wants to know more of the untold story, or anyone who enjoys true crime stories.
I came into this book not really sure what to expect. It is the first memoir I have ever read, so I don’t have any basis of comparison, nor reason to believe this would be the type of book I would enjoy. But, when I decided to make public my opinion about the things I read, I also decided it meant I would have to broaden my literary horizons. I would have to read something other than fiction. I was absolutely pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed reading this story. As the description for the book aptly explains, the story is Nick Gugliatto’s version of events surrounding his aiding Lawrencia Bembenek to escape from prison, where she was incarcerated for murder. I don’t remember the crime, personally, so all of the story was new for me. It was really interesting to see through the proverbial peep hole into something that apparently held the eye of the media for some time. The author cleverly weaves the facts and doles them out in a way that gives the impression of sitting across from Nick at the kitchen table while he recounts his actions and the reasoning and truth behind them. The story was more a novella in length–perfect to my estimations. I never felt bored or dragged along during the read. After this, I would say I might just be a fan of this type of work. A must read for true crime addicts and those with an eye for conspiracies or the inner workings of the justice system.