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Sins of the Father
Mark E. Dixon pretty much hit the nail on the head with “Tiptoe Around the Powerful” (March 2010). I was 10 years old when my father (Louis Bergdoll) passed. I didn’t have a chance to have any deep conversations with him. I sure would’ve liked the opportunity, though.
I believe that my uncle, Grover (Bergdoll), didn’t know how to control himself. As young men, my father and uncle both managed to piss off many people. They also seem to have enjoyed taunting the police. Too bad they acted so poorly. I really would’ve liked them to have more respect.
My father served his five years in Leavenworth while my uncle continued to taunt the FBI. The brothers managed to cause a rift with their other brothers. I don’t think my father ever got over that whole thing. I feel he spent the rest of his life punishing himself. What a damned shame and a waste.
But while my folks did a lot of truly wacky things, I never considered them stupid by any measure. To lose a stash of gold just doesn’t sound possible to me.
Louis E. Bergdoll
Indian Mills, N.J.