|Prosecutors 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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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.
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.
there. This is the view to the right (north) when
exiting the alley short cut. Members of the Outlaws
motorcycle gang 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.