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Monday, May 18, 2009

'Pretty Bad Girl,' Jillian McIlvenna, To Be Interviewed By Dateline NBC

Posted By on Mon, May 18, 2009 at 3:06 PM


On April 28, the SF Weekly published a cover story about Jillian McIlvenna, one of three young women going to prison for the tragic and brutal murder of Eugene Gorenman. On Friday, McIlvenna will give a jailhouse interview to a reporter with Dateline NBC, says her lawyer Randall Knox -- and eventually the shocking tale will be retold before a national television audience.

Gorenman, a Russian computer engineer, was just 26 years old when he met then-teenage McIlvenna and her friends, a group of attractive, bisexual teen girls whom investigators dubbed throw-aways. The girls had come from broken families and had been living on their own, stealing and "milking" men to support their drug-addled lifestyles. On the Sunday night in 2004 when they randomly met Gorenman while driving around, it seems that the plan had been to rob him. Instead, after he followed the group out to Fort Funston, a remote and windy beach locale in the southwest corner of San Francisco, one of the girls shot him in the head.

For her part, McIlvenna says she knew nothing of the gun or a plan to kill Gorenman. She says she only intended to milk him. Although McIlvenna's story has its holes and contradictions that certainly call for skepticism, by the end of my interviews with her at the jailhouse, I had sympathy. It'll be interesting to see how she fares with Dateline. 

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