deeply saddened by the death of Ira Robins on January 8,
2019. He devoted his entire life to the pursuit of
truth and justice, and helped countless people along the
way. His son, David, recalls that "He wasn't
afraid to stand up and beat the drum to let people know
there was something wrong, and to shine a light on it"
A pugnacious P.I. known for challenging authority over
what he perceived as corruption, cover-up or
victimization of the powerless, Ira fought to prove the
innocence of Laurie Bembenek, literally to the day
he died. In 1982, Bembenek, a former model,
ex-Milwaukee police officer and then wife of Milwaukee
police Detective Elfred Schultz Jr., was convicted and
sentenced to life in prison for the 1981 murder of
Schultz's ex-wife, Christine Schultz. To him, it was a
matter of her being screwed by the Police Department,
ex-husband and used as a scapegoat.
He continued his work on high-profile cases, like the
death of Michael E. Bell, 21, who was unarmed when he
was fatally shot in his driveway by Kenosha police after
a traffic stop in November 2004. He also worked as
an investigative consultant, teaming up with Salvatore
Rastrelli in Archangels of Justice,
working to reverse alleged wrongful convictions and
taking up other cases.
He fought for truth.
account has been set up to cover funeral expenses.