Saturday, December 29, 2012


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Jean Harris, the patrician girls' school headmistress who spent 12 years in prison for the 1980 killing of her longtime lover, "Scarsdale Diet" doctor Herman Tarnower, in a case that rallied feminists and inspired television movies, has died. She was 89. 

She had claimed the shooting of Tarnower, 69, was an accident. Convicted of murder in 1981, Harris suffered two heart attacks while serving her sentence in the Bedford Hills women's prison north of New York City. She was granted clemency by then-Gov. Mario Cuomo when she underwent heart bypass surgery in December 1992 and was released on parole three weeks later.

story link : AP Harris Obit

The Jean Harris trial was a sensational case that Aggie Kenny and Richard Tomlinson covered daily.

story link about the trial:

Below is some of the work from their collections.

Jean Harris on the stand being cross examined by prosecutor  George Bolen
artwork by  Aggie Kenny
link to story about her testimony :  Harris on the witness stand

Jean Harris seated with her defense attorney Joel Aurnou
artwork by Aggie Kenny

Ms Harris' attorney and the prosecutor clashed during the 4 month long trial
link to the story: Harris attorney and prosecutor in heated argument

A young Meredith Viera as local reporter for WCBS News doing her stand-up at the trial
artwork by Richard Tomlinson

A schematic diagram of Tarnower's bedroom where he was shot
artwork by Richard Tomlinson

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