The noise inside 7915 Willow Spring Drive began in early November, perhaps around the time of the presidential election, although no one remembers the date.
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HOW WE GOT THE STORY
Staff writer Barbara Marshall was intrigued by initial reports of the Sperlings’ death and pondered what it said about the relations between neighbors, as well as the sadness of dying alone and untended.
To tell the story, she read Palm Beach County sheriff’s office and medical examiner records. She spent days at the Willow Bend condo complex, and interviewed Bernie and June’s current and former neighbors, a family member and officials from several area Jewish charitable organizations. Palm Beach Post researchers Michelle Quigley and Niels Heimeriks provided research assistance.
Nobody had pictures of the Sperlings, and June’s cousin, Jill Grossman, declined to provide us with them. So staff photographer Allen Eyestone shot pictures of the condo itself and the only evidence left of the Sperlings’ existence — the temporary markers on their graves.