During the night of October 24th, 2000, around 11.30 pm in Indianapolis, Sarah Jo’s former boyfriend, Richard Hull, killed their roommates, Andrew Cataldi and Patricia Nordman. Cataldi and Nordman were fugitives from Nevada. To commit the murder, he used a gun Sarah Jo had legally purchased on that very morning as a mean of self defense. The shooting occurred during a heated argument between Hull and Cataldi, while Sarah Jo was gone from the house to take a walk. Cataldi, Nordman and Hull were three drug dealers. Sarah Jo was the only one who held a regular job. She had only dated Richard Hull for two months. It was him who had introduced Cataldi and Nordmann to her.
By the time Sarah Jo came back, Richard Hull had already wrapped the bodies in blankets and loaded them in a pick up truck he had borrowed from a friend. Finding herself in the middle of a bloody crime scene, Sarah Jo, disoriented, accompanied him to a place located four blocks away where he got rid of the bodies, throwing them in a dumpster. Richard Hull then drove a car-wash to clean the pick up. The couple then came back to the house. Sarah Jo refused to sleep there so where they picked up a few personal belongings and went to Lapel, Indiana, where they slept briefly at a friend’s place.
They came back the following morning. Hull tried cleaned up the house while Sarah Jo went to work. The bodies were discovered on October 25, 2000 and the couple was arrested in Noblesville on October 26, 2000.
Sarah Jo later explained : “After he committed these murders, I did not call the police, but instead stayed with him out of love, fear,loyalty and sheer stupidity.”