Sarah Jo Pender

American murderer Sarah Jo Pender

Sarah Jo Pender is a woman convicted along with her former boyfriend, Richard Edward Hull, of murdering their roommates, Andrew Cataldi and Tricia Nordman, on October 24, 2000 in Indiana. She came to national attention in August 2008 after she escaped from the Rockville Correctional Facility and was featured on America's Most Wanted. She was recaptured in December 2008.
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29 May 1979

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Lady Highlanders bolstered this year by 14 returning letterwinners - South Hills Record
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... both defenders, and Miranda Schneider, a midfielder; and sophomores Liz Spegar, a goalkeeper/defender, and Sarah Pender, a defender. The Lady Highlanders opened the 2011 season on a bright note, blanking Seton-La Salle, 3-0, in a nonsection game
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Former Fix vocalist turns to true-crime chronicles - City Pulse
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On June 7, Berkley Books published his second true crime book, “Girl, Wanted: The Chase for Sarah Pender,” which tells the story of a double murderer who escaped prison in 2008 and evaded police for 136 eventful days. “Girl, Wanted” chronicles Pender's
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Book: Double-Murderer Stuffed Envelopes for Obama Campaign While on the Lam - Sacramento Bee
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NEW YORK, June 7, 2011 -- /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Offering a detailed chronology of Sarah Pender's 136 days of liberty after she escaped from the Rockville Correctional Facility in Parke County, Indiana in August of 2008,
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Prison responds to escapee book - WTHI
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Sarah Pender escaped from Rockville nearly three years ago with the help of a former correctional officer, Scott Spitler. Now, her infamous escape is on the bookshelves. A smiling Sarah Pender talked exclusively with News 10 in 2009, one year after her
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    THIRTIES
  • 2013
    Age 33
    In October 2013, Cara Wieneke filed a request for a new trial on Pender's behalf.
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  • 2012
    Age 32
    Lifetime movie produced a movie based on the Pender case called, "She Made them Do It" starring Jenna Dewan Tatum. The movie sparked interest for the Pender case; the Wikipedia page about Sarah Jo Pender was visited 100 000 times within 3 days of the movie's premiere on the lifetime Network, on December 29, 2012.
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    In May 2012, he contacted Bonnie Prosser, Sarah Pender's mother, and promised to help her set things right.
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  • 2011
    Age 31
    A book on her escape, Girl, Wanted: The Chase for Sarah Pender, was released June 7, 2011.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2008
    Age 28
    Two months after her escape, in October 2008, Roger Heitzman, another correctional officer at Rockville, was arrested by the state police for trafficking and engaging in sex acts with at least one female inmate.
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    In 2008 and during his trial, Scott Spitler explained that he had been manipulated by Sarah Pender.
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    Sarah Pender was held in solitary confinement at the Indiana Women's Prison in Indianapolis from December 2008 up to January 30, 2014, for a total of 1,870 days.
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    In October 2008, Pender was added to the US Marshals 15 most wanted fugitives list.
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    In September 2008, TV show America's Most Wanted began to run a feature on Sarah Pender.
    Jamie Long was arrested on August 7, 2008 after Spitler denounced her to investigators as the person who had picked up Pender.
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    After viewing video surveillance tapes and consulting the guard shack log, investigators identified Spitler as Pender's accomplice. He was arrested on August 5, 2008 and charged with assisting a criminal, official misconduct, sexual misconduct and trafficking with an inmate.
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    On August 4, 2008, Sarah Pender went to the facility's gymnasium where she changed clothes, hiding her prison uniform above the ceiling's tiling and putting on civilian clothes that Spitler also had given to her.
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    Pender escaped from Rockville Correctional Center, a medium-security prison 50 miles west of Indianapolis, on August 4, 2008, with the aid of prison guard Scott Spitler Sr., and former cellmate Jamie Long.
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    In 2008, he had to hand over his resignation following an evidence mishandling scandal.
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  • 2006
    Age 26
    In 2006, Detective Martinez moved to Idaho where he worked for the Ketchum Police Department.
  • 2002
    Age 22
    In 2002, during her trial, Marion County Deputy Prosecutor Larry Sells likened Sarah Pender to a "Female Charles Manson" to describe her alleged influence over Richard Hull.
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  • 2001
    Age 21
    On September 20, 2001, he met with detective Kenneth Martinez, saying he could arrange a meeting and have Pender admit to him her responsibility for the murders.
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    Hull gave this letter to his attorney who passed it on to Indianapolis detective Kenneth Martinez between September and October 2001.
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    The only hard piece of evidence presented at Pender's trial as proof of her guilt was the letter that she allegedly wrote on May 16, 2001 and sent to Hull.
    He testified that Pender had admitted to him her responsibility in the double homicide during a meeting they had arranged on September 22, 2001 at Wishard Hospital.
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    To prove Pender's guilt, Sells relied chiefly on a letter allegedly sent to Hull by Pender in May 2001 and on the testimony of inmate Floyd Pennington.
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  • 2000
    Age 20
    In the morning of October 24, 2000, Hull drove Pender to a local Wal-mart to purchase a 12-gauge shotgun, a soda and condoms.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1997
    Age 17
    Sarah Jo Pender, then 21, was a graduate from Lawrence Central High School in 1997.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1979
    Born
    Born in 1979.
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