Monday, October 28, 2002

Proper burial sought for slain woman

By Jennifer Edwards
The Cincinnati Enquirer

COLD SPRING, Ky. - A minister, a Westwood family and the best friend of a slain woman who struggled through life before she was found dumped alongside a road here last week pledged Sunday to bury her properly.

The half-naked body of Chastity Bolotta, 27, was discovered Oct. 20 along the side of Ky. 1998. Her killer has not been caught.

The Over-the-Rhine woman has no known relatives in the area, but Strangers and her childhood friend are trying to raise $900 for the Over-the-Rhine woman's her funeral services. so she can be put to rest with dignity.

"It's sort of too late but at least she has four friends," said the Rev. Gregg W. Anderson, 49, of 70 X 7 Evangelistic Ministry of Highland Heights. "With the grace of God I hope to see her in heaven one day. Even with her horrible life, there is a loving and forgiving God."

A Westwood family who wished to remain anonymous said they donated a burial plot in West Chester Township after hearing reports of the Rev. Anderson's efforts.

The acts of kindness are perhaps the few to touch Ms. Bolotta, who suffered great pain and was arrested several times. during her short life.

Ms. Bolotta grew up in Clifton, but her alcoholic mother threw her out of their home when she was 11, , said Anita Allen, 31, of Price Hill. Ms. Allen has known Ms. Bolotta since they were children and even took her in for a time.

But Ms. Allen asked her friend to leave when she realized Ms. Bolotta was smoking marijuana.see list of convictions below Ms. Allen said she feared it would negatively impact her two small children.

But Ms. Allen said she still checked in on her friend and regularly bought her lunch. Over those lunches, Ms. Bolotta would cry and sadly confide her drug use and prostitution, Ms. Allen said recalled Sunday.see list of convictions below

Trim these next two grafs if needed/alb The last time Ms. Allen saw Ms. Bolotta - about month ago, around the same time Ms. Bolotta's mother died - the woman was hurriedly walked along Vine Street.

"She looked like the drugs had taken over pretty much on her body," Ms. Allen recalled. "When she got drunk, she would cry and say she wished she had a mom like mine. Just because people have a bad history doesn't mean they are a bad person. It's a miracle she survived this long."

Hamilton County court records show Ms. Bolotta has been in and out of jail since 1998, when she began racking up 15 offenses, mostly for prostitution and drug charges. She pleaded guilty five times between 1998 and 2001 to soliciting and was convicted three times of possessing drug paraphernalia, according to court records.

She most recently was in the Hamilton County Justice Center after her Aug. 14 arrest and conviction for possession of a glass crack pipe. She served 10 days in jail for that offense, court records show.

The Rev. Anderson seeks donations of flowers and funeral home services. Contact him at 557-2931.


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