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Patty Hearst Kidnapped!

By Patrick Mondout

On February 4, 1974, Patricia Campbell Hearst, the 19 year old granddaughter of William Randolph Hearst, was kidnapped from her Berkeley apartment by a terrorist group called the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA).

The apartment was one she shared with her 26 year old fiancÚ Steven Weed. He was badly beaten by the group, which included Donald DeFreeze, Willy Wolfe, and Nancy Ling Perry. The couple were watching The Magician on TV around 9:00 p.m. when someone knocked at the front door.

The terrorists had pulled up in a stolen 1964 Chevy Impala and Perry alone asked if she could use the phone. As Weed opened the door, Wolfe and DeFreeze emerged, burst in, and started kicking Weed in the face.

Patty was to spend most of the next 56 days in a closet while being both physically and sexually abused.

The terrorists hoped to "exchange prisoners" with the U.S. as two of their own were being held for the assassination of Marcus Foster, which the group had taken credit for earlier. Quite obviously the pair were not released and the SLA made demands for millions worth of food to be distributed to the poor of California as an article of good faith on behalf of the Hearst family. In other words, it wasn't what they wanted in exchange for Patty.

Some $6 million worth of food was distributed, resulting in near riots in some locations and Patty was not released. In fact, audio tapes from the group featuring an increasable militant Patty Hearst herself began appearing and she soon informed the world that she was joining the group and had taken on the name 'Tania.' Criminal psychologists who studied the Stockholm bank robbery a year earlier knew what had happened to her. It is now called Stockholm Syndrome.

Public opinion towards Patty really started to swing against her when she was seen participating in the Hibernia Bank robbery on April 15, 1974. She was also used a semi-automatic riffle to free fellow SLA members Bill & Emily Harris during an attempted robbery of ammunition from a sporting goods store the day before the infamous televised shootout between the SLA and the LAPD, which left six other SLA members dead.

Patricia Hearst was captured (or liberated from her previous captors, if you prefer), on September 18, 1975.

Her kidnapping, transformation into a bank robber, capture, and subsequent trial and conviction gripped the nation. Her picture was everywhere - FBI wanted posters, the covers of Newsweek, the Berkeley Barb, Time, and other magazines, radical posters, books, newspapers, and nightly news coverage. Everyone had an opinion on the case and seemingly everyone shared their opinion.

Everywhere!

Patty was everywhere from February 1974 through late 1976.

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WEED & HEARST

Patricia Heast and her fiance Steven Weed. This picture was cropped and later used by the FBI for 'Wanted' posters.

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