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counseling was simply unheard of at the time.” “So she killed herself.” “She cut her wrists in the bathtub with a kitchen knife.” “You were in love with her. And that’s all you can say?” “I’ve had a long time to recuperate. Thirty-fi ve years.” “Do you have a picture of her?” Harriman shook his head. “Can you, can you at least tell me something about her? What was she like?” Harriman fi nally softened. He thought for a few seconds and then said, “I only saw her dance once. There was a period of about six months where I was obsessed with her, in ... I guess it was the spring and summer of 1967. I would loiter near her house, watching from my car. Sometimes I followed her and your father when they went out. I don’t think they ever knew I was there. “One night they went to a dance at the Durham Armory. It was the Tommy Dorsey band—in name only, of course. Mostly white kids fresh out of college, led by some old guy on trombone playing the Dorsey arrangements. That night Mercy wore a short black pleated skirt that fl ew up every
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