Who was Bertha Gifford? Even today, the name brings up bad feelings in the small rural community of Catawissa, Missouri, by people who weren’t even alive when the tragic events happened. It was a sordid chapter of a past that only a few really know and what really happened back then will never fully be explained. It can’t be. Too much time has passed. We can only tell what we know and speculate. What you will find here is everything I’ve accumulated since 2002, when I first heard the story of Bertha Gifford.