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Jean Harris, convicted of killing her lover, 'Scarsdale Diet' doctor, dies at age 89 ^ | 12/28/2012 | Associated Press

Posted on 12/28/2012 5:14:37 PM PST by massmike

Jean Harris, who spent 12 years in prison for killing the "Scarsdale Diet" doctor in a lovers' quarrel, has died at age 89.

Her son James says Harris died Sunday at an assisted-living facility in New Haven, Conn.

Harris had claimed it was an accident when she shot her longtime lover, Dr. Herman Tarnower, in 1980. She said she had really intended to confront him over his womanizing and then kill herself.

But she was convicted of murder in 1981 and sentenced to 15 years to life. She was granted clemency in 1992 after suffering two heart attacks in prison.

She had been headmistress of the fashionable Madeira School for girls in Virginia. The 69-year-old Tarnower had developed the famous Scarsdale Diet of the 1970s and sold millions of books.

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KEYWORDS: obituary; scarsdalediet; virginia

Jean Harris

1 posted on 12/28/2012 5:14:41 PM PST by massmike
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To: massmike

She died just in time to avoid Obama’s increase in estate taxes (i.e., death taxes) taking effect in 2013.

2 posted on 12/28/2012 5:35:14 PM PST by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: massmike
I remember that case very well. It was a sensation and was made into several movies. Here is a redeeming nugget from the link:

While serving her sentence, Harris made it her mission to improve the education of female inmates in her facility. She began programs in which women could work toward obtaining their GEDs or college degrees while imprisoned. She also taught a parenting class to inmates and developed the in-prison nursery for babies born to inmates.

3 posted on 12/28/2012 5:39:11 PM PST by Albion Wilde ("If you're going through hell, keep on going."--Winston Churchill)
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To: massmike

Now she faces the real judge.

4 posted on 12/28/2012 6:00:03 PM PST by Wiggins
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To: massmike
Tarnower was purportedly an abusive man. Not physically, but mentally and emotionally. As I recall, there were some people who thought Jean Harris should have received a medal for killing him instead of prison.
5 posted on 12/28/2012 6:10:44 PM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: massmike

“Scarsdale Surprise” starring Raquel Welch......

6 posted on 12/28/2012 6:14:16 PM PST by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: Albion Wilde
Well, she lasted 20 more years then the life she cut short.

As for Tarnower, I liked The Scarsdale Diet.

I think it was a two week program that provided variety, but more importantly, it was enough to change eating habits for a while after the two weeks.

7 posted on 12/28/2012 6:14:41 PM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: Psalm 73

Did Harris swing her arms when she walked?

8 posted on 12/28/2012 6:18:05 PM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: massmike

I heard after the shooting Tarnower lost a lot of weight.

9 posted on 12/28/2012 6:41:52 PM PST by o-n-money
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To: fatnotlazy

Emotionally and physically he was mean? So why couldn’t Cujo just walk away? She had a career, and wasn’t married to him. Since when does being insensitive to a psychotic deserve being murdered?

10 posted on 12/28/2012 7:15:49 PM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: DesertRhino

I remember that. The media sanctified her. Same with that Bobbit woman. Sick, sick, sick.

11 posted on 12/28/2012 10:56:06 PM PST by Forgotten Amendments (I remember when a President having an "enemies list" was a scandal. Now, they have a kill list.)
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