Pretty Bad Girls

Without parental guidance, they lived wild and free at an early age, but murder will keep them locked up for years.

Defendant Jillian McIlvenna was getting woozy beneath the harsh lighting of Department 21 in San Francisco's Superior Court. Doe-eyed behind dark-framed glasses, she blinked, as if that would obscure the view. But it was all still there. The formless orange jumpsuit. The judge in his bright purple tie. All the devastated families, including that of the dead man. The most dreadful people in view, though, were the other two young women in orange. Kimberly Gutierrez and Felicia Mehrara.

The three of them had shared everything — their apartment, their clothes, their men. Even their beds. All had come from broken families, eventually becoming what investigators called "throwaways," the catch-all term for girls on their own at a young age. Struggling to support themselves and their drug-addled lifestyle, the teenagers had become close and built a family of their own. But in court on April 3, the three exchanged only arctic stares. Murder tends to have that kind of effect on friendship.

It had been five years since the girls lured Eugene Gorenman to the edge of San Francisco, from where he would never return. The 26-year-old Russian software engineer had encountered them on a drive home from a party, then followed them to Fort Funston, a wind-whipped beach locale and former military base. A jogger later found Gorenman's body with a fatal gunshot wound to the head, his jeans pockets turned out. His silver Mustang was abandoned in the Bayview. The only sign of life was found in Gorenman's credit card, which continued to make purchases at gas stations, a cellphone store, and a nail salon.

Those purchases soon became valuable clues in a sprawling San Francisco police investigation that stretched over the Bay Area, filling dozens of notebooks, requiring hundreds of interviews, and taking two nerve-wracking years to unravel. It also involved the U.S. National Park Service, the South San Francisco police, and the FBI, to whom the execution-style shooting suggested the Russian Mafia.

But the real culprits were even more glamorous than that: a trio of femmes fatales, one white, one Latina, and one multiracial. Young, beautiful, and, to varying degrees, responsible for the brutal killing of a man they hardly knew. Now it was time for them to be sentenced and shipped off to state prison, but before that, the victim's parents had something to say.

"The killers not only took away our son, but they destroyed our entire family," the Gorenmans had written for police Inspector Holly Pera to read aloud. Because Eugene had been their only son, the family name would end with him. The statement alternately eulogized the fallen son and excoriated the girls, to whom it referred as "vicious animals" and "human filth."

"They belong in hell," Pera read. "They don't deserve any pity regardless of their age or socioeconomic status." In closing, the statement instructed the girls to "remember that as long as you live, God will punish you wherever you are. Signed, Eugene Gorenman's parents."

Jillian listened with her head down, and turned over the words in her mind. He had been their only child. Since the murder, she says, she had never heard Kim or Felicia express regret. On the other hand, Jillian told police from the start that she felt horrible about what happened, and before her sentencing, she stood to address the Gorenman family. Her statement turned out to be less an apology than a final declaration of innocence.

"They can think ill of me all that they will," she said. "Anyone who knows me and knows my heart knows that I could never have knowingly beared witness to such a heinous crime."


In a small conference room tucked away in the bowels of the San Francisco county jailhouse, Jillian McIlvenna sits forward with her elbows perched on the table, ready to tell her story one more time. Although she's put on a few pounds since her incarceration, her long chestnut hair, mocha-colored eyes, and bow-shaped lips apparently have some of the guards doing double-takes.

In here, she's "as good as could be expected," she says, considering that protective custody — which keeps her safe from her also-jailed former friends — affords her just 30 minutes a day for exercise. That's especially tough for someone like Jillian.

During her childhood in Potrero Hill, she was charming but relentlessly disruptive — the picture of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. "I couldn't keep myself out of trouble," she says. "And I can't get my head in the books." That's not to say she isn't smart. In fact, Jillian believes she has a photographic memory.

Her parents divorced soon after she was born, and although she spent her first four years living with her mother, Deborah Latham, her father, Rand McIlvenna, eventually got custody.

Latham had three more children, who were all eventually taken out of her custody. "Anything she can become addicted to, she does," Jillian says. "She lies. She cheats. She steals."

Latham denies all of this. She says that although she tried drugs a few times, her problems stemmed from her unwise selection of drug-addicted, abusive men and a failure of "the system" to protect her. Jillian remembers spending the summers with her mom, only to return to her father emaciated and sunburned.

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Caniggia
Caniggia

Death sentence would've been the only right outcome .. all of them glow evil but especially the manipulative bitch, queen bee Kim should've been fried. Now 21 years and that cut short with "good behaviour?" bullshit

cher12
cher12

I seen Felicia's pic on write a prisoner.com and thought she was beautiful then i come here and see the real felicia...she used somebody elses  pic that's for sure

Naima M
Naima M

I was doing research on serial killers when I came across this article. The title attracted me, but after reading the article, the jump head about loose parenting seems off, way off. Bad parenting hardly describes the level of abuse and neglect and corrupt family life described here. Failed by their parents, clearly, but also failed in general by every institution expected to provide for and protect children. Then again they might have turned out as thieves and killers regardless. It's hard to say but I predict more killer girl packs as we now know that girls and women are as morally corruptible and capable of violence as boys and men, "we" just go about it differently. One thing girls know, a pretty face can hide a multitude of wicked motives and actions. Three pretty girls mocked and seemed to want to assault me on the 21 Hayes a few years ago. I let them know, I won't go down easy. I'm glad they backed off but one thing helped me, I think. Awareness -- the pretty faces did not blindside me because it is clear that violence can come from any quarter, any person, anytime and anyplace. Sadly, this is how we live now. Be unimpressed by faces and other external attributes!

Dani
Dani

umm not this is terrible

writelikeamutha
writelikeamutha

Im sure they were all very pretty when they did their "milking". This is a fascinating story and one all too typical of throw away girls.

Lynb362002
Lynb362002

I don't find any of them beautiful and Felicia is down right hideous. Selfish little b*tches who all deserve life in prison.

Scretch
Scretch

Doe-eyed? Vulnerable? Not even falling for that!

Scretch
Scretch

Not only beauty but brains, what a novel way to get a new cell phone. A stolen credit card!!w000000000weeeeeeeeeeeee.

Guest
Guest

I agree completely with Steve and Whoeffincares. What a shallow title for this article. I see only ugliness in these selfish losers who couldn't do anything better with their lives than murder in cold blood an innocent person. I don't need a sob story or an elaborate description of their eyes and hair. I only need to hear that they will be kept from hurting other innocent people EVER again. My deepest condolences to the family of Eugene Gorenman.

DDDuane
DDDuane

Maybe they killed the little russian jew because they were disapointed in his package....

Did you see how UGLY the 3rd one was?That was the one who pulled the trigger...(We KNOW no one wanted to bang THAT....)

Whoeffincares
Whoeffincares

I agree with Steve. Cut the b.s. These girls are mean, evil witches who killed an innocent man. They deserve life since they took a life. Why did this writer spend so much time talking about their so-called beauty and youth? There is nothing beautiful about these young women. Our society is too shallow. Maybe if people didn't praise them for this so-called beauty, they wouldn't feel they could "milk" people. It doesn't matter if they are "ugly" or whatever. Evil is evil.

Steve
Steve

the only sad story here is the mother and father who lost their only son. the girls are nothing but evil selfish conniving bitches. even after getting caught and convicted they STILL can't get their story straight-I don't feel a bit sorry for them. plenty of kids have rough childhoods and they don't grow up to be murdering savages. the only down side here is that they may one day get out of jail and be free to do it all again.

Famousamos1206
Famousamos1206

This is a sad story..I hope to see someone produce a crime documentary about it on ID channel or something..

Johnslaff
Johnslaff

This is truly a sad story....in many ways. It should be written as a true-crime type book and be required reading in our schools/colleges.

Faith
Faith

Law Enforcement workers at Jillians jail doing a double take? I seriously doubt it! I have read more interesting stories in a high school English class. Whoever wrote this piece needs to take a few night courses. Jillian was the bait, and always the bait in these schemes. She is moderately attractive at best, but seems to be great at manipulating people including the hack that posted this story.They committed premeditated murder ALL FOUR OF THEM! 21 years max? Wow remind me to send the prosecutor a thank you card for offering a deal to lighten his caseload. According to whats offered as evidence they had enough to convict at least 2 of them for life if not the three. They ate his frigging fruit after killing him, but Jillian really does have a good heart PFT! Check you facts Jillian ate the fruit too Jillian wasn't afraid of Kim when she was getting high at the house they broke into afterwards, or when she was getting her nails done, or sleeping on his sheets. Jillian is just as sick and guilty as the others. Part of my hopes she keeps stating innocence, that she never asks forgiveness. That way when gutter rat dies she busts hell wide open.Justice was not served my heart breaks for that man and his family the city screwed them all over.

Gss
Gss

Manslaughter? How the fuck did these girls get off so easily? Only 11 years? What the fuck. Since the writer seems so in love with these bitches, I wonder if he/she would like to live next door to these murderers when they get out.

someone who does care
someone who does care

I am not saying what these girls did is right but i do know yal all are putting done the parents for the way these girls was raised well i can not say how the other 2 was but felicia has a loving family. Her mother was a wonderful person and had went to be with god at a early age. Felicia then rebled and would not let the family take care of her which any child losing there mother would do. I do want felicia to know there is family that loves u very much but does not feel what you did was right I wish the best for u and u know where to find us You do not have to feel you are alone in this world.

QEB
QEB

Damn Jillian you did make yourself sound like a freakin' idiot or at least a lying B!^@#. I used to tell you things always catch up to us. I never thought this of you though; crazy that we crossed paths I'm greatful I was never one of your victims. I can't help but feel bad for the kids who's mom is now in prison. I mean they lost a parent and potential role model too. i do blame society a little bit because society is so broken and continues to fester a system that is anti family, but man p.s. the writer was terrible it was as though Jillian wrote it herself. lol

RonieTheWad
RonieTheWad

You know I am SURE I had a 3-way with Jillian & Kim years back when I was in SF! They charged me but man, what Jillian can to with those "bow lips" of hers! She really got into Kim too, who was multi-orgasmic and quite the screamer!

Neo2627
Neo2627

I do not understand young people today;who come from questionable backgrounds,of abuse,parents on drugs,neglect and so forth;and instead of rising above the situation(which can be done),they wallow in self pity,and 'I came from a broken home and my people did drugs,that is why I did what I did'. BS,you do what you do,good or bad and you have to live with it.They knew that what they were about to do was wrong,they had been doing it for awhile;the wrong things in life;now they will have the majority of their young life to contemplate what they need to better themselves when they come out of prison,down the road.They will be more mature,and maybe they will realize what they did was 'dead' wrong!

Jpizzle
Jpizzle

This is a great piece and fascinating, but why are they called "beautiful," just to make it more interesting? I'm no Brad Pitt myself, but I'm not afraid to call the kettle black. All three are rather unattractive at best.

Owen Eden
Owen Eden

To suggest that these girls are "victims" is absurd. They knew right from wrong and they are hardly the only ones to have had a rough childhood.

They took a life. They are not safe for society.

David Torres
David Torres

Kimberly Gutierrez, Felicia Mehrara,Jillian McIlvenna,should be sentenced to death.They have no human value.

There is no question about their guilt.

They are responsible for murder in cold blood.

That they should have been an abortion is beyond dispute.

However, they were born, grew up to be worthless.

They are now guilty of murder.

They should be executed by the State.

Perhaps their bodies can be donated to science,so that at least some good could have come out of all this.

Jay Ree
Jay Ree

Wow, I know jail isn't the best place to improve your looks, but these girls aren't attractive _AT ALL._ Maybe you need to be on meth to appreciate them...

Mona's a Dumb Cunt
Mona's a Dumb Cunt

You people are assholes, making these girls out to be the victims. Hopefully they'll all be murdered in prison.

sick_of_tweakers
sick_of_tweakers

shutup mona, jill may be nice, 'tweaks' are always nice.... especially when they're ripping you or your neighbor off. oh yea, they'll give you the shirt off their backs...but where did they steal that shirt from? these girls let themselves get way out of control, play like a gangsta, die like one.

mona
mona

Elizabeth 139 you are one rotten dispicable bitch. Everyone wants to judge, but until you are in the actual position you don't know. I actually know all three girls personally. To be honest, I don't think that article revealed what truly happened and we may never know. They made bad decisions-very bad decisions, and that is something they will have to live for the rest of their lives. I know jill like I said and she is a good person, I don't think any of them but kim realized Eugene was gonna get shot. I do think they planned to rob him though. And to all those who point the finger remember you have four pointing back at you.

Hot for the bad girls
Hot for the bad girls

Skip all the downer talk about homicide and focus more on the Kim and Jillian tag team sex and threesomes. This article begs to tell the erotic escapades of these women and their drug-fueled orgies.

Chris
Chris

What is with these girls living like they're in New Jack City? Poppin caps? Shootin gats? Keepin names out yo mouth, bitch? Drinkin' Henny. Is it still 1994?

elizabeth139
elizabeth139

Oh, great, so more children of bad parents are breeding again . .. I'm sure that Kim's offspring will do much the same as she did. They will be out soon, will breed more future criminals, will do more heinous acts. These children are why we need mandatory abortion for women too stupid not to breed. End all welfare for the likes of these "girls" who were born so their mothers could go on welfare. We should pay poor women not to have children. My sympathy to the victim's family, these "girls" should be euthenized. They were given more chances than most people, who don't murder out of a whim.

Alex
Alex

these female dogs make me sick.

Randy "Mr. Know It All" K.
Randy "Mr. Know It All" K.

I believe the correct usage would have been "I would never have knowingly borne witness to such a heinous crime." "Borne" is the past pluperfect tense of the irregular verb "bear," although I've also seen it referred to as the past participle.

Also, "[y]ou're ruining the craft for everyone that has an opinion," should be "you're ruining the craft for everyone who has an opinion." I'm just trying to help.

Michael
Michael

It's all a very sad story, but Jillian is pretty freakin' hot!

KC
KC

The wrong combination of people can commit horrible crimes together; this is evident throughout history. It doesn't matter why they did it, whether it was lesbian jealousy, simple theft, friend manipulation or the weight of a broken past, present and future. They should not get a break because of their gender. Yes, it's taboo that young women committed this crime together, but were they men, not only would this not be front-page stuff, but the death penalty also would have been brought up, at least for the shooter. Is Jillian a saint? Look into her mug shot eyes and decide for yourself. She's just as bad as the other one, irregardless of her "long chestnut hair, mocha-colored eyes, and bow-shaped lips." Bad is bad.

Terri
Terri

As someone who personally knows Jillian I can say that deep down in her heart of hearts, she really is a good person, she just ended up doing the weong things with the wrong people. I never met Kim but from what I read, she sounds like a horrible, evil person that manipulated and twisted Jills already impressionable head. Now don't get me wrong, I am in no way condoning what they did but if you knew Jill the way I did, you would probably be a little more sympathetic.

Leo
Leo

For once I'm actually relatively satisfied with the sentencing. Jillian's lies were so obvious and self-serving that I almost wanted her to receive the same jailtime as the actual killer, if for no reason other than the fact that she shows no remose and could be a threat to others.

The_Yeti_Knows
The_Yeti_Knows

Somebody say throw away girls? Like the sweet ones in Columbia 's lush crack fields you mean?

Caniggia
Caniggia

@Whoeffincares Because the writer wants to turn it around and make these evil cunts "victims" rather than responsible for their own actions .. that's Feminism for ya - girls and women are always "victims" even if they plot and execute a murder.

Caniggia
Caniggia

@Gss That's Feminist law interpretation for ya. Females get off easy every heinous crime conceivable just because they're "pretty" and have "rough lives" but mostly because they are blessed with vaginas..

Caniggia
Caniggia

@QEB I hope they all die agonising deaths stop blaming 3rd parties they very well knew what the hell they were doing.

Caniggia
Caniggia

@David Torres + add the fourth bitch in the row, she was as much an accomplice but yet she walked free - that's bullshit

Caniggia
Caniggia

@mona Just shut up they all deserve to die

Caniggia
Caniggia

@Hot for the bad girls it's just typical crack whore behaviour

loveismusic23
loveismusic23

I'm currently working on a television episode about this story. I'm looking for someone who can shed some light on Jillian as a person. How a young innocent girl can get to this point in her life..Its important to have people be able to tell us this....7577221400 ext. 217....Looking for anyone to share this story, feel free to call and ask for Dominique or ext. 217

Caniggia
Caniggia

@JOhn Davis Yeah maybe in Stone Age they would've been cute

Caniggia
Caniggia

@loveismusic23 go and meet her in prison - you get far more out of someone talking straight to them than listening some bs stories by 3td parties .. if you got your senses in place you can tell if she is a liar - then again, i don't hold modern "reporting" on high pedestal

 

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