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December 30, 2012
Jean Harris, 89, the patrician girls' school headmistress who spent 12 years in prison for the 1980 killing of her longtime lover, Scarsdale Diet doctor Herman Tarnower, died Sunday at an assisted-living facility in New Haven, her son, James Harris, said Friday. She had claimed the shooting of Tarnower, 69, was an accident. Convicted of murder in 1981, she 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.
NEWS
June 26, 1986 | By James J. Kilpatrick
Some time within the next few days, Jean Harris will post a letter to New York's Gov. Mario Cuomo. Please, she will be saying, please have mercy. She will ask for the clemency that only a governor can grant. Her plea should be heard. Perhaps you have forgotten the case of Jean Harris. Six years ago it was the stuff from which the tabloid papers are made. But suppose we go back a little further, to December 1966. That was when Jean Harris met Dr. Herman "Hi" Tarnower. She was then 43, divorced, mother of two sons, a native of Grosse Pointe, Mich.
LIVING
March 16, 1993 | By Mike Capuzzo, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER The story contains information from the Associated Press
Joan Rivers is a very giving person. Gives her Joan Rivers-designed jewelry right off her wrist if she meets someone who has the blues. Freely gives away the flowers everyone is always sending to her. Gives her opinions on everything under the sun. Yesterday, during a taping of The Joan Rivers Show to be aired next week, Rivers gave convicted murderer Jean Harris a dog. Harris, of course, was recently released after serving 12 years in prison for...
NEWS
July 22, 1986 | By Kathy Hacker, Inquirer Staff Writer
On the rush-hour streets of Manhattan, where so much can go unnoticed in the perpetual movement of people and machines, Jim Harris has not. Pedestrians who won't stop for a "Don't Walk" signal or a whizzing cab have stopped for him and stopped by the thousands, though there is nothing unusual about a young man collecting signatures on these sidewalks. For more than two weeks, on busy curbs around the borough, they've queued up before this boyish fellow with the sandy hair and the slight build and the Wall Street clothes, who sits quietly, arms folded across his knees, on a skinny metal folding chair at a wood-slat table in front of a poster board that screams louder than any kind of bullhorn: Please sign my petition to Governor Cuomo asking for clemency for my mother JEAN HARRIS Friends had told him that it would never fly, that even if New Yorkers hadn't forgotten about Jean Harris, serving a sentence of 15 years to life out at Bedford Hills state prison for the 1980 murder of Scarsdale Diet doctor Herman Tarnower, they didn't care enough anymore to rally behind a campaign to free her. Too much time, he was warned, has gone by. Jim Harris listened, but not very well.
NEWS
August 24, 1988 | By W. Speers, Inquirer Staff Writer Contributing to this report were the Associated Press, United Press International and Reuters
The judge who sentenced Jean Harris to a 15-year-to-life term for the murder of Dr. Herman Tarnower said yesterday that he would "strongly recommend" her release, now that she has served 7 1/2 years. "She is a substantial citizen who committed one violent act in her whole life and paid dearly for it," said former Westchester County (N.Y.) Judge Russell Leggett. "She is not a threat to anyone. The only person she was a threat to is not around anymore. " Harris, 65, became eligible yesterday for clemency.
NEWS
October 18, 1988 | By Murray Kempton
The only question the governor of New York ought by now to ask himself about Jean Harris is not whether he should grant her clemency but why he already hasn't. She has spent seven years in prison since she was sentenced to 15 years to life for the murder of Dr. Herman Tarnower, whose treatment of her hardly qualified him for the bullet but might, chivalry may be forgiven for hoping, cost him protractions in purgatory to earn heaven's pardon. Former State Supreme Court Justice Russell Leggett, who presided over Jean Harris' trial in 1981, has written the governor to cry mercy for her now. Tarnower had dealt her a copious diet of tranquilizers, possibly to ease her afflictions but probably to reduce her nuisance quotient.
NEWS
January 24, 1993 | From Inquirer wire services
Jean Harris, the headmistress who fatally shot the Scarsdale Diet doctor, is free after 12 years in prison. Harris, 69, was released five days ahead of schedule Friday night from a hospital in Valhalla, N.Y., where she was recovering from a blood clot in her leg. The complication arose after she underwent quadruple bypass heart surgery. Gov. Mario Cuomo granted her executive clemency Dec. 29. Harris was headmistress of an exclusive girls' school in McLean, Va., when she shot and killed Dr. Herman Tarnower, her lover of 14 years, at his home in 1980.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 11, 1986 | By Ann Kolson, Inquirer Staff Writer (Contributing to this report were the Associated Press, United Press International, the Washington Post and USA Today.)
A book by convicted murderess Jean Harris is under investigation to determine if it violates a law forbidding criminals to profit from their crimes. The book by Harris, 62 - who was convicted in 1981 of second-degree murder for fatally shooting her lover, Dr. Herman Tarnower - was supposed to be about her prison experiences. However, according to Diane McGrath, commissioner of New York State's Crimes Victim Board, the agency learned it had been expanded to include information about the Tarnower case.
LIVING
February 15, 1994 | By Sue Chastain, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER This story contains information from the Associated Press, USA Today, the Washington Post and Variety
Jean Harris used to think that only "the bad people" went to prison, while "the good people" stayed free. Now she knows better. "The main thing I learned in there was how connected we all are," Harris said in an interview yesterday with ABC's Good Morning America. Harris, the former mistress of an exclusive girls' school, spent 12 years in prison for fatally shooting her lover, Herman Tarnower, inventor of the Scarsdale Diet. She was released last year. "The day I walked into that prison, I looked around and I thought, 'There are two groups in here, me and them,' " Harris said.
NEWS
October 29, 1993 | By Julia Cass, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Jean Harris and James Taylor, who have in common serving time in prison, last night spoke at the Academy of Natural Sciences on a shared interest - people in prison and their children. Harris, 69, who spent 12 years in a state prison at Bedford Hills, N.Y., for the 1980 murder of her former lover, Scarsdale Diet doctor Herman Tarnower, helped create a model parenting program there for the women inmates and their children. Taylor, 52, who is serving a life sentence for murder at the state prison in Graterford, initiated a self-help inmate group called People Against Recidivism that has sessions on parenting as part of its program.
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NEWS
December 30, 2012
Jean Harris, 89, the patrician girls' school headmistress who spent 12 years in prison for the 1980 killing of her longtime lover, Scarsdale Diet doctor Herman Tarnower, died Sunday at an assisted-living facility in New Haven, her son, James Harris, said Friday. She had claimed the shooting of Tarnower, 69, was an accident. Convicted of murder in 1981, she 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.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 2006 | By Karen Heller INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It's a mystery how anyone can make a movie about Jean Harris and Herman Tarnower yet omit the grapefruit. In the late 1970s, Tarnower, The Complete Scarsdale Medical Diet doctor, put the nation on a severe grapefruit regimen while prescribing his long-suffering consort, the Madeira School headmistress, something stronger: a fierce cocktail of methamphetamines, Nembutal and Percodan. On March 10, 1980, a furious and discarded Harris shot Tarnower, a hunter of big game on four legs and two, and grabbed the nation's attention as the haughty defendant in pearls and tweed jackets.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 19, 2003 | HOWARD GENSLER Daily News wire services contributed to this report
'AMERICAN IDOL" runner-up Clay Aiken may not have much gangsta in him. He may not have much testosterone in him. But in our coarse, impatient, rude society dominated by diva-esque silliness perpetrated not just by mid-level stars but also-rans and wannabes, Aiken's behavior deserves to be recognized. Now it has. He tops the list of the National League of Junior Cotillions' "Ten Best-Mannered People of 2003. " Who even knew there was a National League of Junior Cotillions?
NEWS
January 19, 1999 | by April Adamson, Daily News Staff Writer
Salem, Mass., never shook the stigma. Neither did Scarsdale, N.Y., nor Waco, Texas. Now, only time will tell whether Wilmington, population 70,000, will escape the public relations nightmare that comes with a nationally publicized crime. In the aftermath of the Thomas Capano murder trial, the corporate mecca, home to families of power and prestige, has seen its image transformed from a town more concerned with boardrooms than bedrooms. In the 2 years since Anne Marie Fahey's murder, Wilmington society has been forever changed.
NEWS
March 17, 1997 | By Allie Shah, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A year ago today, Jean Harris of Westtown received the call she would never forget. Her son, Stephen Harris, 42, had been found dead. He had been strangled and his body left in the back seat of his maroon Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme in a high school parking lot not far from his condominium in Newark, Del. He had moved there recently from Chester County. No one has been charged with the killing. The death of Stephen Harris, a man who grew up in the West Chester area and had a great love for the outdoors and for his family, remains unsolved.
NEWS
February 7, 1995 | by Rose DeWolf, Daily News Staff Writer
To be considered for "trial of the century" status, a case certainly must be memorable. But must it also be a case of murder? If not, one might consider the John Scopes "Monkey Trial," in which a teacher challenged a Tennessee law prohibiting the teaching of evolution. The trial pitted famed attorney Clarence Darrow against three-time presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan. Scopes was convicted, but Bryan was so humiliated by Darrow's ridicule he was said to have suffered "a broken heart" and died five days after the trial ended.
NEWS
May 1, 1994 | By Pauline Pinard Bogaert, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
It was a lovely day, with spring flowers blooming all around, as Renee and Bill Ruxton of Wyndmoor and Eleanor and Ric Maier of Glenside relaxed on garden benches in the courtyard at the Gwynedd Square Center retirement home in Lansdale. Ric Maier and Renee Ruxton were among the nearly 200 artists registered in the sixth annual Senior Citizen Art Show that previewed Tuesday. Three common rooms at the center were turned into galleries to show the paintings, sculpture and other art included in the exhibition.
LIVING
February 15, 1994 | By Sue Chastain, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER This story contains information from the Associated Press, USA Today, the Washington Post and Variety
Jean Harris used to think that only "the bad people" went to prison, while "the good people" stayed free. Now she knows better. "The main thing I learned in there was how connected we all are," Harris said in an interview yesterday with ABC's Good Morning America. Harris, the former mistress of an exclusive girls' school, spent 12 years in prison for fatally shooting her lover, Herman Tarnower, inventor of the Scarsdale Diet. She was released last year. "The day I walked into that prison, I looked around and I thought, 'There are two groups in here, me and them,' " Harris said.
NEWS
October 29, 1993 | By Julia Cass, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Jean Harris and James Taylor, who have in common serving time in prison, last night spoke at the Academy of Natural Sciences on a shared interest - people in prison and their children. Harris, 69, who spent 12 years in a state prison at Bedford Hills, N.Y., for the 1980 murder of her former lover, Scarsdale Diet doctor Herman Tarnower, helped create a model parenting program there for the women inmates and their children. Taylor, 52, who is serving a life sentence for murder at the state prison in Graterford, initiated a self-help inmate group called People Against Recidivism that has sessions on parenting as part of its program.
LIVING
March 16, 1993 | By Mike Capuzzo, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER The story contains information from the Associated Press
Joan Rivers is a very giving person. Gives her Joan Rivers-designed jewelry right off her wrist if she meets someone who has the blues. Freely gives away the flowers everyone is always sending to her. Gives her opinions on everything under the sun. Yesterday, during a taping of The Joan Rivers Show to be aired next week, Rivers gave convicted murderer Jean Harris a dog. Harris, of course, was recently released after serving 12 years in prison for...
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