freelisl

 

Lisl Auman was convicted in 1998 for a felony murder charge in the death of Colorado Police Officer Bruce Vanderjagt.

In brief, Lisl Auman and Matthaus Jaehnig attempted to steal Auman’s property from a former roommate. The botched burglary led to a Police Chase in which Jaehnig fired at the pursuing Police. The chase ended at an apartment complex with Auman surrendering.

Jaehnig did not surrender and continued the gun fight with the Police leading to the death of Police Officer Bruce Vanderjagt. During the gun battle Jaehnig committed suicide.

 

While Jaehnig was battling the police, Auman was handcuffed in Police custody.

 

Auman was charged with the murder of Police Officer Bruce Vanderjagt and was convicted of “first-degree felony murder, second-degree burglary, menacing and conspiracy to commit first-degree burglary. The first-degree felony conviction carried a life sentence without parole.”

Auman wrote letters trying to gain support to challenge the verdict, which led to support from Hunter S. Thompson and other celebrities.

The Colorado Supreme Court overturned the conviction then ordered a new trial. Instead of a new trial, Auman took a plea bargain and admitted to “burglary and accessory to first-degree murder.”

 

 

The movie can be purchased here http://hunterthompsonfilms.com/lisl.php

You can read about HST’s involvement at the following links.
http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2004/06/innocent-murderer-200406
http://hunterthompsonfilms.com/vodcast/tag/lisl-auman/
http://www.examiner.com/article/felony-murder-hunter-s-thompson-and-the-last-gonzo-campaign
https://www.lewrockwell.com/2010/11/ryan-mcmaken/hunter-s-thompsons-last-stand/
http://www.talkleft.com/story/2006/04/25/292/85574/inmatesandprisons/Hunter-Thompson-Is-Smiling-Today-Lisl-Auman-is-Free

Sources
http://murderpedia.org/female.A/a/auman-lisl.htm
http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/report-lisl-auman-released-from-halfway-house
http://www.westword.com/news/zero-to-life-5059766
http://www.lies.com/wp/2004/05/18/lisl-auman-murderer/
http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwtv/article/Investigation-Discovery-to-Premiere-New-Series-VANITY-FAIR-CONFIDENTIAL-119-20150116

 

 

if the library has it CLICK ME.

 

This film “explores the most significant achievement of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson’s last years – the freeing of Lisl Auman who was sentenced to life without parole at the age of 21 for the murder of a Denver police officer by someone she had just met while she was handcuffed in the back of a police car. After receiving a letter from prisoner Lisl in 2001, Hunter enlisted the support of the nation’s top criminal defense lawyers, held a rally on the steps of the Colorado State Capitol, and co-wrote an article for Vanity Fair subtitled “Lynching in Denver”–All in an attempt to free Lisl from life in prison. In March 2005, two weeks after Thompson committed suicide, the Colorado Supreme Court effectively set her free by reversing her conviction and ordering a retrial. A plea bargain leaves her on parole for many years to come, but Lisl is out of prison, and appears for the first time in Free Lisl, not to argue her case, but to thank Dr. Thompson” – film web site (http://hunterthompsonfilms.com/FreeLisl.php). Also appearing is songwriter Warren Zevon, singing “Lawyers, guns & money” from the capitol steps.

Source: Worldcat

Free Lisl – Fear & Loathing in Denver explores the most significant achievement of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson’s last years – the freeing of Lisl Auman who was sentenced to life without parole at the age of 21 for the murder of a Denver police officer by someone she had just met while she was handcuffed in the back of a police car. After receiving a letter from Lisl while she was in prison in 2001, Thompson enlisted the support of the nation’s top criminal defense lawyers, held a rally on the steps of the Colorado State Capitol and co-wrote an article for Vanity Fair subtitled “Lynching in Denver” – all in an attempt to free Lisl from a life sentence in prison. In March 2005, two weeks after Thompson committed suicide, the Colorado Supreme Court effectively set her free by reversing her conviction and ordering a retrial. A plea bargain leaves her on probation for many years to come, but Lisl is out of prison and appears for the first time in Free Lisl, not to argue her case, but to thank Hunter Thompson.

Source: IMDB