Sarah Pender, the gift that keeps on giving. I called the Mystery Writers of America the other day to renew my membership and the woman answering asked my name and immediately asked if I was the Edgar nominee. I thankfully couldn’t deny it. Then she referenced a letter she received from Sarah Pender, who was the subject of the book that garnered the nomination, Girl, Wanted: The Chase for Sarah Pender. The letter, read it here, asks the committee to reconsider the nomination.
“How would you fee is someone accessed and published your medical records, including the prescription for Viagra, the treatment for anal warts and the procedure to extract that raisin from your nasal passage?” Sarah asks in the letter.
I did a word search of the manuscript and could find no mention of any of these items. She goes on to talk of how I accessed her presentence report “which is clearly marked confidential on its cover” and the usual criticizing of the veracity of much of the story.
Yes, I did gain access to the report. It’s what reporters do, we get stuff. And the book is 100 percent factual.
It’s a good letter, as usual, even if she has some kind of alternative reality going on in there.
There may be more to come for her; she may get another shot at freedom, although this time it will be in a courtroom. Come back and visit and you can read about it here first.
Steve Miller is an investigative reporter with over two decades of experience in daily newspaper, Web and magazine reporting and writing. Miller has done time as a court and cops beat reporter at the Dallas Morning News and as a national reporter for the Washington Times, and as a correspondent for national publications including People magazine, High Times, Boston Magazine, Miami New Times, Houston Press, The Daily Beast and U.S. News and World Report. In 2012, he was an Edgar award finalist for his book, Girl, Wanted: The Chase for Sarah Pender. He is a recipient of the digital investigative award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. Miller was also the former vocalist in the Midwest punk rock outfit the Fix in 1980-81.
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