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Revenge to Ridiculousness: Just Missing the Hippie Train

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Revenge to Ridiculousness: Healing Through the Absurd

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Part 1Just Missing the Hippie Train

In 1979 Nancy's best childhood friend was murdered by a serial killer. This is the story of her journey to recovery.

In this first interview Nancy describes her own cultural and geographical background, rooted in 60’s and 70’s California. She and Jill Parenteau, her best friend who was eventually murdered by serial killer, Rodney Alcala, were the generation of hippies’ younger siblings, aspiring to some of their freedoms but perhaps biting off more than they could chew in their attempts to separate from their parents’ still conservative values.

Nancy’s own story is significant because she could just as easily have been one of the serial killer’s victims. Her life and the lives of the girls who were murdered by Rodney Alcala have many things in common, and it is through hearing about her passions, forays into independence, struggles, successes and failures that we can more fully appreciate the young lives that were so brutally ended, especially that of Jill Parenteau with whom Nancy shared so much.