November 07, 2008

Sarah Jo Pender - Woman Convicted Of Double Murder Makes The U.S. Marshal’s Most Wanted List




UPDATE: Sarah Jo Pender Captured

Convicted murderer Sarah Jo Pender, who escaped from the Rockville Correctional Center on August 4, has been recaptured.

Pender was captured Saturday in Chicago thanks to "America's Most Wanted", who recently broadcast the case and a viewer who called in the tip that led to the arrest.

Authorities say an anonymous tip was called in within two hours of the show's broadcast. The tip lead Foster and Rogers Park police to her exact location in the 2200 block of West Farell Avenue.

Authorities acting on the tip, came upon her as she was packing to leave town.

Pender is now being held at the Cook County Jail. Bond denied!

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Rockville, Indiana (The Weekly Vice) -- Meet Sarah Jo Pender - the most wanted woman in America. A nice down-home folksy kind of girl - she looks like a nice girl who'd iron a shirt for you if you asked nicely, doesn't she? Wrong. She'd likely prefer to tie you down and torture you for hours with that iron after she set it to sizzle.

So what makes this 29-year-old woman so special? She is the only woman currently on the U.S. Marshal's 15 most wanted list. That honor came after she conned a lovesick corrections officer at the Rockville Correctional Facility into helping her escape back in August, 2008.

So what sort of nice things did Pender do to get put in jail?

Pender and her boyfriend were convicted in an Indiana court in 2002 for the double murder of their roommates, Tricia Nordman and Andrew Cataldi. The couple was found guilty of blasting a hole into both friends with a shotgun and then stuffing their corpses into a trash bin. All over a $150 drug debt.

Was she just beguiled by her boyfriend? No, in fact, prosecutors and the judge in her case defined her as the mastermind behind the crime. She was referred to at trial as the "female Charles Manson". And for that, she was sentenced to 110 years in prison - just to make sure she was a wrinkled up old bat before she could ever be released on parole.

About six years into her sentence, Pender got bored with jail life and decided that she needed a vacation.

Investigators say Pender and a married, 41-year-old corrections officer named Scott Spilter started up a sexual relationship. The officer evidently became so enchanted by her, he loaded her into his vehicle and drove her out of the facility, where she was met by a former female inmate who drove her to freedom.

Once she was in the clear, Pender kicked her boyfriend officer and cab girlfriend to the curb. The officer got served divorce papers from his wife for his efforts. The getaway car operator, Jamie Long, got arrested again for her efforts..... and Pender is now running lose.

"She is somebody whose been convicted of two murders," said Indiana police captain Mark Rice. "She's escaped, she's liable to do anything and use her wiles and cunning in order to get what she wants."

"Lurking within is a dark, evil demon, she has the ability to seduce others into committing atrocious acts, she's like Charles Manson," said Indiana prosecutor, Larry Sells.

So if you see Sarah Jo Pender cruising your way - for God's sake, don't hand her an iron, a condom, or anything else you might think she needs. Call police.

Danny Vice
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17 comments:

Anonymous said...

I've never worked within a prison system but....How in the hell do guards such as the one mentioned have the time to strike up sexual relationships with inmates? I've worked in so called less controlled environments and am always asked/held accountable for my time/whereabouts.

TAZ said...

Blecht. Someone give that chic a wagner power roller filled with make up. She needs it!

Anonymous said...

RUN Sarah Jo Pender RUN!!

Anonymous said...

RUN, SARAH RUN! Just get into some place and lay low for about 5 years.

Trust no one. Go nowhere.

Then get your ass to some safe country and live your life.

No one should have to pay a lifetime for the dubious mistakes made in their 20's.

My prayers are with you girl.

I surround you with compassion.

kb

Anonymous said...

Nice job Sarah, blogging about yourself. Thanks to the Chicago Police Department, you are behind bars to the end of your natural life.

Anonymous said...

Gotta hate being on AMW don't ya Sarah? Be sure to thank them!

KarenK said...

John Walsh and the show has really done an outstanding job over the years. Decades, I should say.

The show has led to the capture of well over a 1000 fugitives now if I'm not mistaken.

Who knows how many more tragedies would have resulted if 1000 of the worst criminals were still on the street.

Chris said...

...."Capured"?

Ida_Slapter said...

She sounds exciting!

US_DOJ_Gov said...

On October 25, 2000, about three o’clock in the morning, Ed Leggon saw two large people, one larger than the other, covering the bed of a pickup truck parked out in front of the home at 906 S. Meikle Street in Marion County, Indiana. He couldn’t distinguish at that time either the race or the sex of the individuals. Later, Sarah Pender & Richard Hull, both acknowledged that those individuals were them.

At 6:00PM that day, Stephen Stultz, an employee of the Teamsters Local Union at 869 South Meridian, discovered the bodies of a male & female in a dumpster at the back of the Union address just a short distance from the Meikle Street address. Those individuals were later identified as Andrew Cataldi and Tricia Nordman, roommates of Hull & Sarah Pender. The male had been shot in the chest and the female in the chest and in the head with a shotgun.

Descriptions of the victims and photos of their tattoos were shown on TV newscasts. A neighbor to the four individuals, Sarah Pender, Richard Hull, Andrew Cataldi & Tricia Nordman contacted law enforcement and told them she knew who the individuals were that had been killed and also told them Sarah Pender & Richard Hull lived at the address.

A search warrant was secured by Detective Kenneth Martinez and other law enforcement officers. They searched the 906 S. Meikle address and discovered, among other things, a lot of blood at the scene. DNA analysis later determined the blood belonged to Tricia Nordman, victim in this case. It was appearing as well that there had been an attempt to clean up the blood and conceal evidence of the murders.

Jana Frederick told police that Richard Hull borrowed a plug adapter around noon on October 25, 2000 to use a carpet shampoo machine to clean the residence at 906 S. Meikle.

Police found Richard Hull and a Sarah Pender in Noblesville. When Richard Hull was questioned in the early morning of October 27, 2000, he initially denied any knowledge of what happened to Andrew Cataldi and Tricia Nordman. The detectives advised him of some of the evidence against him, including:

~ He had borrowed Ronnie Herron’s pickup truck the evening of October 23, 2000;
~ Bodies had been moved in that pickup truck;
~ DNA analysis of the pickup truck showed in the bed of the pickup truck was the blood of Andrew Cataldi;
~ They were aware he & Sarah Pender had gone to a South US 31 Wal-Mart;
~ Sarah Pender was driven there by Richard Hull & a twelve-gauge shotgun had been purchased on the morning of October 24, 2000, just hours before Andrew Cataldi and Tricia Nordman were shot with a shotgun;
~ Richard Hull was observed by the clerk, who had handled the sale of the shotgun, obtaining ammunition & bringing it to the counter;
~ That it was paid for by Ms. Pender;
~ Both Andrew Cataldi & Tricia Nordman were shot with a shotgun;
~ The ammunition was twelve-gauge deer slugs;
~ Ms. Nordman was shot twice with a twelve-gauge deer slug.

Richard Hull told law enforcement officers the morning of October 27, 2000, that his sister, Tabitha, owed Andrew Cataldi money. That he and Andrew got into an argument that night. Cataldi knew he had the Mossberg shotgun that had just been purchased. Cataldi went in Hull’s room to try to grab the shotgun. They got in a struggle and Hull told detectives, “He said he was going to kill my f-ing family” and that argument occurred just moments before the shooting actually took place in the house.

On October 28, 2000, Sarah Pender, when giving their full statement to law enforcement, turned over to them a pair of black pants belonging to Hull. Those pants were tested for DNA which established the blood of Andrew Cataldi and Tricia Nordman on those pants.

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Anonymous said...

well i personally know sarah and she really is an intelligent young woman. we all have made mistakes in our past and unless you truly know the circumstances who are we to judge. most of you say burn in hell, but, were you there the night it happened. no you werent. also how about her codefendant? no one seems to mention him. about the guard that helped, he is a grown man and made that choice knowing what the consequences would be. therefore it serves him right to have lost everything. i also personally know him and he was a dick. i feel sorry for his family. sarah just wanted to know what freedom felt like, knowing what she knew. i cant say that if i would have been facing that kind of time i wouldnt have done the same thing. more power to her for getting out of the sadistic hell hole of rockville.

Henderson said...

I am a former resident of rockville.. I was released a few days prior to sarahs escape. I was released and moved to a new town where noone knew me to start a new life. I meta man who knew I had just got out of prison and he told his family about me and some of my history. After seeing on thenews there had been an escape his family called and said they thought I was her... which sent the us marshalls. Out to investigate.. after thinling I was her and finding out I wasn't they thoughti may have had something to do with her escape. My parole officer called me to inform me that us marshalls wanted to speak to me so I got scared and started runnin thinking I had obviously done something for them to be looking for me. After threemonths the marshalls found me and took me back to prison for the rest of my parole term. Still I am not mad at sarah as a matter of fact I commend her for being brave enough to do what she did.. she enoyed freedom for a little while. Just crazy to think that just because we were in the same facility I got wrapped up in her escape.

Anonymous said...

I think all cold blooded killers should be executed, keep them from escaping.

Anonymous said...

THIS DOESNT MAKE FUCKING SENSE ITS AS CLEAR AS DAY SHE'S INNOCENT SO WHAT THE HELL IS THIS HOW IT ENDS? IS THIS HOW IT TURNS OUT?, ARE PEOPLE, YOU KNOW (THE BIG HEAVY HANDED ....""WHO HOLD THE WUAN HIGH IN THE SYSTEM"" )ARE THEY ABLE TO JUST SIT BACK AND LET HER ROT IN JAIL, MUCH LESS IN SOLITARY CONFINMENT, SO SHE BROKE THE FUCK OUT ...AND SHE GOT CAUGHT ITS BEEN FUCKIN 4 YEARS I THINK SHE PAYED HER DUE'S FOR THOSE WHO FEAR HER BREAKING OUT AGAIN , BUT COME ON GROW A BRAIN SHE'S NOT GOING ANY WHERE AGAIN A INNOCENT PERSON DOES'NT RUN A SECOND TIME WHEN SHE HAS SO ME PEOPLE, FOLLOWERS ...{""GOD EVEN THE ONE WHO HELP PUT HER AWAY BELIVE'S AND WANT'S TO HELP SARAH JO PENDER""}ATTENTION.
YOU FUCKED UP SARAH YOU WERE YOUNG DUM , AND FULL OF *UM , WHEATHER OR NOT YOU BOUGHT THAT SHOT GUN THE NDAY BEFORE, AFTER, A WEEK AGO. THATS WERE THEY'LL HOLD ON WITH BOTH HANDS, AND BELIVE ME I CAN SEE HOW THAT MAKES SENSE. BUT IF I GOT BACK AND SAW PEOPLE SHOT, SHIT I'D FREAK OUT TO, OR IF I WAS REALLY THERE AND LIE'D I'D BE SCARED THAT PSYCO EX WOULD SHOOT ME ONE DAY TOO. I DONT KNOW, ...IF ANYTHING JESUS KNOWS WE AINT PERFECT & WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES, BUT THE PROOFS THERE IF ANYONE THAT MATTERS IS LISTENING. THERE'S TO MANT HOLE'S IN THIS STORY . DID SARSH EVEN GET A LIE DETECTOR TEST DONE, SOMEONE CAN VOLUNTEER TO PAY FOR THE DETECTER TEST TO CLEAR YOUR NAME. THEN IT BE THE AFFIDAVIT THAT "DUMASS WROTE ADMITTING TO FORGERING IT, AND THE LIE DETECTER TEST. SHE RAN CAUSE ITS SCARY TO THINK HOW MANY YEARS THAT IS. AND WHEN SHE WAS CAUGHT, ITS LIKE SHE SAID "YOU GOT ME" LEAVE IT IN GOD'S HANDS!! GOD NEVER PUTS THINGS IN OUR WAY WE CANT HANDLE. SARAH IF YOUR READING THIS....SOME OF THE GREATEST PEOPLE OF OUR LIVING EXISTENCE WENT THROUGH HELL BEFORE DO SOMETHING GREAT FOR THIS WORLD FOR OTHER, WHO MADE SOME SORT OF MAJOR DIFFERENCE FOR THIS WORLD. SADLY & UNFORTUNATELY SOMETIMES BAD THINGS HAVE TO HAPPEN , FOR GOOD THINGS TOO. ... THIS THIS YEARS OF SOLITARY CONFINEMENT COME ON NOW.
IS THE JAIL SYSTEM THAT NAIVE, AND INSECURE ABOUT WHO THEY HIRE THAT THERE AFRAID THEY CAN'T DO THERE JOB'S RIGHT. CANT THEY AFORD TO TRAIN GOOD JAILERS THAT ARE HIRED TO SECURE THE PRISON SO THEY WONT BE SO AFRAID OF WHO CAN ESCAPE. SARAH JO PENDER HAS LEARNED HER LESSON LET HER BREATHE A LITTLE NOW "OUT" OF SOLITARY CONFINEMENT SHE'S PAYED HER DUE'S. SHE AINT GOING ANYWHERE TILL JUSTICE IS SERVED AND GROWS A BRAIN AND GETS HER OUT A RIGHT WAY AND TO QUOTE HER AFTER THAT GOD AWFULL SCARY DISGUSTING FILTH CHARLES MASON....COME ...JEEEZ LOUISE IT DONT TAKE ROCKET SICENCE THHAT WAS ONLY TO MAKE SARAH JO PENDER CASE CONVICTION SOUND JUICY & HELL FOR THE MEDIA, AND PAPARAZZI ....IS THE SYSTEM/JAIL SYSTEM THAT F...ED UP THAT THEY CANT HIRE AND TRAIN STRONG JAILER'S TO NOT BE SO TEMPTED. OR MABE THEY REALLY CANT RELY ON THE EMPLOYEE'S THAT HAVE BEEN WORKING IN THE PPRISON SYSTEM. FOR SO LONG. WTF ....... GODS WATCHING I GUESS WILL LEAVE IT HIS HANDS AND SEE WHAT HAPPEN'S TO THE INNOCENT.

Anonymous said...

Sarah is innocent!!!! This coming from a 16 year old. The woman is innocent !!!

Anonymous said...

I watched the Lifetime movie about this case last night so I decided to look it up, just to see if the movie stuck to the facts. I have to say, I have doubts about Sarah's guilt.

The letter she supposedly confessed in didn't have any of her fingerprints on it and it was printed whereas Sarah normally wrote in cursive. Her boyfriend had a criminal history therefore wasn't able to buy a gun, so he had Sarah buy it for him. The guard who helped her escape was doing it for money...not because Sarah had manipulated him or was some femme fatale. He was supposed to make $15,000, that's what he was in it for.

Sarah's boyfriend confessed to the killings, he only changed his story when he realized how much time he was going to get, then he manufactured the fake letter hoping it would lighten his time behind bars. When he realized it wasn't going to help, he admitted to forging the letter.

Sarah made some bad choices by agreeing to buy the gun and also, for not turning her boyfriend in immediately but many young girls do stupid things in the name of "love". JMO.

Anonymous said...

iIF SARAH JO PENDER KILLED THESES TO PEOPLE WHY HADN'T THE MARSHALS OR POLICE CHECK FOR GUN POWDER ON HER ARMS AND FINGERS,ALSO FINGER PRINTS ON HE GUN WOULD KEEP THE POWERED FROM SHOWING WHERE SHE HELD THE GUN, WITH THE BOY FRIEND LYING SO MUCH I DOUBT HE COULD EVER BE TRUTHFUL ,WHY NOT A LIE DETECTING TEST OF BOTH OF THEM.ALSO THE TIME OF DEATH AND WHERE SHE WAS AND HOW LONG IT TOOK FOR HER TO GET BACK. FOR ME ,TO GET THE TRUTH I WOULD USE TORTURING OF THEM ,FIRST THE BOY FRIEND.,WHAT HER DAD SAID THAT IS TRUE OF EVERY LIVING BEING IN THE WORLD,SO COUNT THAT OUT.. TO ME THE MEANS JUSTIFIES THE END.. THIS WOULD HOLD TRUE FOR ALL CRIMINALS OR TERRORIST, I BELIEVE IN THE FACT THE THE MEANS JUSTIFIES THE END. 99.99 % OF PEOPLE COULD NEVER HANDLE BEING TORTURED. GIVE IT A TRY

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