The new book, Girl, Wanted: The Chase for Sarah Pender, is a chronicle of Pender’s actions that led to murder, escape and capture over an eight year period. Since it hit the stands June 7, in addition to doing several TV interviews, I have received numerous emails from both the pleased and pissed. Among the former is Lisa Massimino, who was Sarah’s cellmate in the Marion County jail as Sarah awaited her trial. Parts of the book were based on the numerous letters Sarah wrote, which were confiscated by law enforcement before her trial. Lisa emailed me earlier this week: “The letter writing was CONSTANT with her. She would always tell me and tell other inmates to write their Judge or have family members write letters to the Court.”
Lisa also told me that during her stay at Marion, “Sarah would put sheets up all around her lower bunk and hold Bible study, and the officers allowed it. The officers loved her for some reason, most others couldn’t get that kind of favor.“
Lisa also said that Pender would provide drugs to her boyfriend and codefendant Richard Hull, as both were confined to Marion county although in different sections in a male-female segregation.
“At that time in Marion County, you could keep your meds (drugs) in the cell with you. And Sarah worked people to get their meds, maybe for stamps or something. Then she would write Richard a letter with pictures of the drugs and he would tell her what was good and what wasn’t. And then, somehow, and I can’t figure this out, she would get the drugs that he wanted to him.”
|Art for Sarah from supporters|