The Things She Did for Love

A headmistress details her last date with the diet doctor

Jean Harris, high-minded headmistress of Virginia's starchy Madeira girls' school, was deeply in love with Dr. Herman Tarnower, inventor of the famous Scarsdale diet. Of that there is no doubt.

When Harris recounted the vicissitudes of their affair to an eight-woman, four-man jury—and some 100 spectators—in the Westchester County, N.Y., courthouse, there was hardly a dry eye in the place.

The question, however, was not one of variously requited love but of murder. The headmistress, 57, admits that she shot and killed the cardiologist, 69,...

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