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Girl, Wanted: The Chase for Sarah Pender Mass Market Paperback – June 7, 2011
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Just a brief response to the review of the ill-informed "brunogh."
I prosecuted both Sarah Pender and Richard Hull for the brutal shotgun murder of their roommates, Andrew Cataldi and Tricia Nordman, and was intimately familiar with the facts of the case. I was not absolutely certain who actually fired the shots. There were reasonable inferences from the evidence that suggested that one killed Cataldi and the other killed Nordman.
I argued to the jury in Sarah's trial that it made no difference who fired the fatal shots, for the evidence was overwhelming that if Sarah did not shoot them, she was "with Hull every step of the way." The trial judge even stated that very thing when she sentenced Sarah to 110 years in prison. Legally, an accomplice is responsible for the acts of his confederate and is just as culpable in the eyes of the law. Sarah's jury agreed, as did the trial judge and the appellate court.
Also, "brunogh" erroneously stated that Hull received 130 years after his trial. Hull never had a trial. He pled guilty, maintaining that he was an accessory. He initially was sentenced to 75 years imprisonment, but appealed the sentence as being illegal. He won his appeal, resulting in his being sentenced to a legal sentence of 90 years!
There are other factual errors in "brunogh's" review, too many to mention. Suffice it to say, that whoever coined the phrase "a little knowledge is dangerous," had "brunogh" in mind. A little knowledge, coupled with a biased agenda is even more dangerous.
Steve Miller's factual account of events is "spot on," and the book is a terrific read!Read more ›
Following a brutal double murder, Sarah Pender and her boyfriend were both arrested. As she awaited trial, she wrote letters to her boyfriend. These letters were intercepted by authorities. (Sarah was not nearly so smart as she imagined. I would think it common knowledge that telephone calls and letters are monitored, especially when the District Attorney is still gathering evidence.) In one letter, Sarah states, "I didn't mean to kill them. It must have been the acid." Smart, smart Sarah confessed.
After serving 8 years of a life sentence, Sarah Pender felt she had spent enough time in prison. Using money and sex, she convinced a stupid, selfish prison guard to help her escape. A former convict friend drove her away from the prison, gave her money, and put her up for the night. So began the 136 day odyssey of freedom for Sarah Pender.
Maybe Sarah thought she would never be caught. Maybe she knew she would. Either way, she had nothing to lose in breaking out of prison. She won 136 precious days of freedom and felt pretty damn smart for a while. It was probably worth it to her.
For the better part of time that Sarah was on the run, she was supported and assisted by Tom Welch, a man old enough to be her father. He gave Sarah money. He put her up in various motels. He helped her find a job.Read more ›
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I really liked the way this story was written..great interviews with the investigators. Sarah was really full of herself and wow ,what a manipulating person. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
My name is Linda Jacobs Cornell and I was in prison with Sarah Pender. Personally I don't think Sarah Pender did the crime. She just wasn't the type. Read morePublished 11 months ago by kindle reader
I found this book above the average level of many true crime books but not perfect. Sarah's crimes of murder and manipulation fall into the category of selfish-druggie-doings. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Sandi Kay Wheatley
My one problem is finding someone in this true story to care about, but the book is very well put together and the epilogue is of most interest. Read morePublished on October 21, 2013 by Roxanne Leichty
Steve Miller's GIRL, WANTED is the story of Sarah Pender who, along with her boyfriend Richard Hull, murdered their roommates, Andrew Cataldi and Tricia Nordman in Indianapolis in... Read morePublished on February 7, 2013 by Dan Bogaty
I had never heard of this story. I would still buy and read but, to me, it lacks the finishing touch somehow. Read morePublished on January 20, 2013 by Rick In TX
This is a book for people who live in Indianapolis Indiana. If you dont and you read this there is a good chance you will need to keep google handy. But... Read morePublished on November 11, 2012 by Clover Moonshine