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For My Angel: A True Story of Forbidden Love, Obsession, and Murder
For My Angel A True Story of Forbidden Love Obsession and Murder Author:Linda Saslow On September 24, 1988, on a quiet street in one of New York's plushest suburbs, twenty-three-year-old Oliver Petrovich took his father's 12-gauge automatic shotgun and shot his parents dead. — At last, he believed, he would be free to pursue happiness with Karlene -- the beautiful black teenager he called "My Angel." — But by dawn that dream was s... more »hattered. On September 25, Oliver was arrested and charged with the murders, and the most damaging testimony against him would come from his Angel.
Was Oliver a cold-blooded killer determined to live with the woman he loved, having inherited a comfortable Great Neck home and a million-dollar Queens apartment house?
Or was he simply a young man driven to murder by the unreasonable tirades of a racist father and a treacherous mother?
Linda Saslow takes us inside the Petrovich home to meet the players in this tragedy: Svetozar Petrovich, the Yugoslavian immigrant who had embraced American racism as fervently as he embraced the American dream; his wife Anna who at first kept the secret of Oliver's forbidden love, then in a fit of spite betrayed him; Oliver, their only son, torn between the demands of his abusive, domineering father and his obsession with a girl his parents would never accept; and finally his Angel, Karlene Francis, the lovely black girl he had taken into his heart and home, who became the unwitting catalyst for violence and tragedy.« less