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Prosenjit Poddar

Date of birth
December 31, 1969
Date of death
December 31, 1969

This University of California graduate student from India killed Tatiana Tarasoff after he talked about his intention to kill her with a University Health Service psychologist. Her family sued and the resulting court opinions formed the basis for general acceptance of the notion that treating professionals have a duty to protect known intended victims. Poddar's original sentence was overturned, and he was allowed to avoid a second trial by agreeing to return to India. (Tarasoff v. Regents, 17 Cal. 3d 425, 551 P.2d 334, 131 Cal. Rptr. 14 (1976))


Portrait courtesy James Hooper