claim that Penny took Sarah 1.3 miles up West Mineral Point Road from
Jake's Bar, one of the places where they stopped on the night of March
14, 1994, lured Sarah into the woods to pee, and shot her in the back
of the head.
Penny says she dropped Sarah off at the 3054 Club on East Washington Avenue, where Sarah followed a short cut they had taken countless times, to her best friend Glenda Johnson's apartment. Penny last saw Sarah talking to a "petite" man in a leather jacket 24 miles from where Sarah's body was found. That man, a felon with a history of violence toward women, lived less than 2 blocks away. His most recent ex-girlfriend lived along West Mineral Point Road, about a mile beyond Jake's Bar.
The state contended that Penny's claim was untrue because no one would let a friend off to walk such a long distance. The area has changed dramatically over the years. The 3054 Club and Gerhardt's Sporting Goods are gone; even the Taco Bell was torn down and a new one built on the same corner. It is difficult even for someone familiar with the area to picture it in 1994.
East Washington Avenue at North Oak Street, Madison, Wisconsin, 2012
In fact, it was a short half-block across parking lots, starting from the 3054 Club and through an alley next to Gerhardt's Sporting Goods.
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Penny Brummer Defense Fund
The People's Community Bank
P. O. Box 369
Spring Green, WI 53588
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3) Ask DA Ismael Ozanne to reopen the investigation (Dane Co. DA's Office, 215 S Hamilton St., Ste 3000, Madison, WI 53703-3211)
4) Say a prayer.
|This is a closer view
of the alley shortcut. A fence was installed in 1997 to
discourage pedestrian use. The blue building in the background is
the 3054 Club.
|This was the view to
the left (south) when exiting the alley short cut -- the rear of the
Taco Bell restaurant and its back parking lot.
This is the view to the right (north) when exiting the alley short
cut. Members of an outlaw motorcycle club had their motor home
parked under the Gerhardt's sign. The back door of Glenda's duplex
apartment is just a few yards away, behind the white shed.