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Who Killed Sarah?
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Post-Conviction Timeline

May 24, 2007
Dep. DA Judy Schwaemle and the Wisconsin Innocence Project reach agreement for DNA testing by the Wisconsin Crime Lab of the tissue paper and Taco Bell cup found near Sarah's body, the “rape kit” swabs taken at autopsy, and the underpants and jeans Sarah was wearing when she died.  Judge Fiedler signs agreed order for testing.

June 23, 2007
Kelly Nolan disappears and is murdered; her body is found on July 9th. 

Dec. 19, 2009
Prof. John Pray of the Wisconsin Innocence Project writes to Penny, telling her the tests were inconclusive and her case has been closed. 

Jan. 26, 2010
Penny responds, with unanswered questions about the DNA testing -- why promising evidence was not tested, why the parts of Sarah's clothing least likely to contain her killer's DNA were the only parts tested. 

June 16, 2010
Prof. Pray writes to Penny, agreeing that the lab's efforts were poor and more testing needed to be done, this time at a private lab.  He tells her the State will vigoroulsy oppose the motion, and he is right.  The opposition drags out the process.
  
Nov. 15, 2011 to
Feb. 10, 2015
Wisconsin Innocence Project represents Penny to obtain DNA testing by Bode Labs of clothing and other items that seem the most promising to yield probative DNA, that is, DNA that excludes Penny and includes Sarah's killer.  The bulk of the costs were paid by generous people who contributed through this website. 

Some DNA from the earlier round of tests was destroyed.  There were additional delays due to items being "lost" and then "found," and because no standard of Sarah's DNA had ever been done.  The items tested were in poor condition, and the biological evidence had degraded over the years. 

Once again,
Prof. John Pray of the Wisconsin Innocence Project wrote to Penny, telling her the tests were inconclusive and her case has been closed. 


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Please help pay for defense costs and DNA testing with your generous donation.

All persons who donate $25.00 or more will receive a copy of "Who Killed Sarah?" in e-book format, your choice of .pdf or .mobi (for Kindle).  Send us an e-mail for details.

Who Killed Sarah
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If you prefer, you can send a check to:

Penny Brummer Defense Fund
The People's Community Bank
P. O. Box 369
Spring Green, WI  53588

Checks should be made payable to "Penny Brummer Defense Fund".  Thank you!


$10,000.00 reward for information that could lead to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the death of Sarah Gonstead, call tips to 800-407-1178




NOW
Prof. Pray has told Penny that if compelling evidence identifying Sarah's killer can be developed, the Wisconsin Innocence Project will re-open her case and represent her in court.
Anyone who has read Who Killed Sarah? or even reviewed this website knows that we have a suspect initially under suspicion by Madison PD, during the time Sarah was missing but before her body was found.  When Sarah's remains were found outside the city, her murder was under the jurisdiction of the Dane County Sheriff's Department, and they had only one suspect:  Penny Brummer.  

James Foseid pushed the prosecution's case over the top when he emerged mid-trial, claiming he heard Penny at a bar vowing to kill her lover's friend, whom she called "a fat, ugly bitch."  His story changed three times before the end of the trial, but jurors believed him.  His story has continued to change to this day. 

In 2018, nearly a quarter century after Sarah was killed and Penny was convicted, we obtained copies of a joint report by agents of the FBI, ATF, Wis. Dept. of Justice and Vernon County Sheriff's Office.  It detailed the role of Michael O'Neill, who at the time was a private detective in Madison, WI, in protecting members of the outlaw biker clubs when they were charged with crimes.  Mr. O'Neill, in exchange for 3.5 grams of cocaine "retainer" per week ("8 ball"), would come up with alibis for club members, then pay people to go to the police or DA with the alibis.  Sometimes Mr. O'Neill would hire someone to plant drugs in a target's car, then call the anonymous tip line to turn them in.

So why is that important?  Michael O'Neill was the defense investigator in Penny's case.  He attached himself at her initial appearance and convinced Penny's mother that no one else could do the job as well as he could.  We can't ask Mr. O'Neill about this because he died more than 10 years ago.  He had a deep interest in protecting his drug sources, and a facility for paying people to lie and frame others.

Was there a connection between Mike O'Neill and James Foseid?  If you know, call the tip line, 800-407-1178.

It is time to fully develop the case against the killer.  Sarah Gonstead and Penny Brummer deserve nothing less than holding him fully accountable, as do the other, vulnerable victims he has assaulted over the years. 

We have located an outstanding private investigator who is already familiar with the case and enthusiastic about developing this suspect, following the evidence where it takes her.  She is one of the most respected private investigators in the Midwest.  This is where YOU come in.

Penny needs to raise enough money to pay for the expenses of investigation, to fully develop the case against the man who killed Sarah and Kelly, and who has assaulted numerous other victims as well.  Without your help, Penny could spend the rest of her life in prison for his crime.

And the killer will remain free to kill again.

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Take Action!
1) Share this story with everyone you know using all of your social networks. Point people to this website.

2) If you know anything, call 800-407-1178. Wait for the cue to leave a message. Do the right thing, and be rewarded for it.

3) Ask DA Ismael Ozanne to reopen the investigation (Dane Co. DA's Office, 215 S Hamilton St., Ste 3000, Madison, WI 53703-3211) 
Sign the Petition!!

4) Say a prayer.



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