Sandy Bentley is not someone you usually see in the headlines, but she deserves her moment of fame this Sunday, for taking the trends by storm. The famous Playboy cover girl and former live-in lover of the world’s most famous bachelor, Hugh Hefner, is today one of the top Google trends, for no other reason than being blond, beautiful and being associated with Mark Yagalla, a New York Ponzi schemer, and Michael Tardio, the victim of a gruesome 2002 murder.
Sandy Bentley reportedly received nearly $750,000 worth of jewelry from Yagalla, who was her lover in the summer of 1999. The jewelry connects Yagalla to the gruesome 2002 double murder of Michael Tardio and Christopher Monson, who were found shot to death, in a burning Mercedes SUV on Sept. 2, 2002, in Studio City, Calif, however he is not a suspect. Sandy Bentley, who was dating Michael Tardio, is not a suspect either. The sudden interest in these two characters can also be explained by the fact that they were the subject of the “48 Hours Mystery” show Saturday night.
This was not necessarily the ideal comeback for Sandy, who, together with her identical twin sister, Mandy, was one of the Playboy’s acclaimed “Bentley Twins.” The sisters lived with Hugh Hefner at the Playboy Mansion, – both as his lovers. Back in 2000 they appeared on some of television’s most popular shows, like “Sex and the City,” “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and on “Two and a Half Men,” where they played party girls. Since 2000, however, the world media focused on other blond beauties – the glory of a Playmate is usually short lived.
But this is the ideal opportunity for Bentley to make a comeback – she’s got the media attention, now it’s time for smart PR.