www.DiscoverTheNetwork.orgDate: 11/26/2015 2:45:01 AM


  • Founding member of the Symbionese Liberation Army
  • Convicted murderer

Emily “Yolanda” Harris (Montague) was a founding member of the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA), a domestic terrorist group of the 1970s.

Raised in a wealthy, conservative family in Chicago, Harris graduated from Indiana University with a degree in English in 1969, after which she taught at a junior high school.

She met her future husband William Harris (who she would eventually divorce) in 1968, and together they embarked on a life of radical activism. In 1972 the couple followed Angela Atwood to San Francisco, where they became involved with the Black Cultural Association -- an organization that educated prisoners at the California Medical Facility at Vacaville, a psychiatric prison. This is where the Harrises first met inmate Donald DeFreeze and other founding members of the SLA.

On November 7, 2002, Harris pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for killing Myrna Opsahl during a 1975 bank robbery in Carmichael, California. Harris confessed to being the one who fired the shot that killed Opsahl and was sentenced to eight years in prison.