Vanished but Not Forgotten

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Copyright, Steven Spingola, Wales, WI 2010

4 Responses

  1. John Doe

    This is a thorough description and analysis of Sandra Bertolas’ case. Nice research and detective work. I am a relative of Sandra’s – one who is having a hell of a time falling asleep tonight knowing that the guilty murderer lives on freely (the two-timing ex-boyfriend you reference in the article). I am still hopeful that her body will be found before the guilty man dies, and that he will be brought to justice.

    March 12, 2010 at 8:06 am

  2. Rob Marini

    I truly wished, as I scrolled down the article, that I’d find a body had been finally found, the ex boyfriend arrested, and the family found closure. The case was close to me, as I was a friend of Sandra’s sister Paula. It infuriates me that this guy appears to have gotten away with it. May the guilt of his crimes torture him to maddness.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:39 am

  3. Chris Jedrzejewski

    I think of Sandra often and wish that somehow she would be found. I never understand how someone just vanishes and I feel confident that the boyfriend has something to do with it. I feel for her parents and extended family. I still remember the initial airing of the story and her mom standing by the photo of Sandra as she stated she would never give up until she was found. I pray often that she is found or the family receives closure some day. God bless all of you.

    July 30, 2010 at 9:57 pm

  4. Kim Opalewski Brizendine

    I am a relative of friends of the Bertolas family. My 17 year old brother, Gene Paul Opalewski, was murdered in 1978 while working at a gas station at 60th and Good Hope Rd in Milwaukee. But at least his killer was brought to justice. I think about Sandra Bertolas often. It must be so very difficult for her family. My thoughts and prayers go out to them. She is not forgotten. Too bad, in this case, that the suspects name has to be protected!!! Thank you, Steven, for highlighting this case.

    August 14, 2010 at 1:11 am

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