She testified at her trial: ‘‘In Westchester, I always felt I was a woman in a pretty dress that went to dinner parties with Dr. Tarnower. In Washington, I was a woman in a pretty dress and a headmistress. I wasn’t sure who I was, and it didn’t seem to matter.’’
The expensively dressed Harris came across as snobbish, arrogant and jealous of the younger woman who had replaced her as the principal object of Tarnower’s attention.
During the trial, it was assumed that Harris insisted on testifying about the fateful last meeting in Tarnower’s bedroom. She later said she would not have taken the stand had her lawyer told her to ‘‘keep quiet.’’