November 07, 2008
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!
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.
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Posted by Danny Vice at 8:34:00 PM