A Family Murder
in Marin County
Bad Blood is a gripping and chilling true story of the breakdown of an American middle-class family.
You will want to talk about it, so read it with someone you love—no farther away than the next room.
– Norman Lear
Superbly reported, totally engrossing – and ultimately horrifying – a tale of alienation and despair. Richard Michael Levine tells a murderous story of Middle America in the '70s, out of the mouths of two young Californians who are simultaneously criminals and victims.
– Mike Wallace
"Levine's account of the murder has been compared to In Cold Blood and The Executioner's Song . . . in a way, it's better than both of them."
"Illumines the dark underside of Marin County groovey-freeness . . . the breakdown of the American suburban family . . . the gamut of teen-age acting out: a round robin of drugs, shoplifting, sexual kinkiness that transcended mere promiscuity, pop mysticism, demonology, and total rebellion, a frightening, disturbing book that deserves the widest possible audience."
On the first day of summer in 1975 a suburban Marin County couple named Jim and Naomi Olive were savagely slain. Their killers were the Olives’ 16-year-old daughter and her 20-year-old lover.
This is the story of that shocking murder and the appalling events that led up to it. It is the story of the middle-class dream turned into a nightmare, of parents and children living in mutually alien and hostile worlds, and of a youth culture for which promiscuous sex and every kind of drug are no longer enough.
It is a story that cuts to the bone of American life – and strikes inescapably close to home.