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Tatiana Tarasoff

Date of birth
December 31, 1969
Date of death
October 27, 1969

This University of California student was stalked and killed by fellow student Prosenjit Poddar after he had discussed 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. (Tarasoff v. Regents, 17 Cal. 3d 425, 551 P.2d 334, 131 Cal. Rptr. 14 (1976))


Portrait courtesy James Hooper