LAPD/SLA Shootout Leaves Six Dead!
By Patrick Mondout
On May 17, 1974, Los Angeles police department officers and SWAT team
members surrounded the safehouse where suspected Symbionese
Liberation Army (SLA) members were hiding. The resulting televised
shootout and fire left six SLA members dead (Nancy
Ling Perry, Angela
Soltysik, and Camilla
As the drama unfolded on nationwide TV, an estimated 10,000 people
crowded the streets around the neighborhood and hundreds of cops were
brought in as much for crowd control. Members of the SLA assumed the many
in Compton would rise up in revolution but it never happened.
After the house was set ablaze with gas canisters by police, Nancy Ling
Perry and Camilla Hall ran outside firing their guns and were shot dead.
The other four SLA members died inside of the house either from gunshot
wounds (self-inflicted, in Donald
DeFreeze's case) or smoke inhalation (despite having gas masks).
Three other SLA members, Patty
Hearst plus Bill
& Emily Harris, watch the events unfold on TV in their L.A. hotel
room - a day after Patty fired a shotgun at
the front of a sporting goods store. They retreated to the Bay area.
When the house burned, no one had any idea where Patty Hearst was. It was
not until the medical examiner identified the six bodies the next day that
the FBI knew she was still on the run.
The SLA - a small, domestic terrorist organization - had kidnapped
newspaper heiress Patty Hearst in February and had committed a
deadly bank robbery a month earlier. You can read much more about the shootout
and the Symbionese
Liberation Army on
our SLA page.
- Shana Alexander, Anyone's
Daughter: The Times and Trials of Patricia Hearst,
- Carolyn Anspacher & the San Francisco Chronicle, The
Trial of Patty Hearst, Great Fidelity Press, 1976.
- Marilyn Baker, Exclusive!:
the inside story of Patricia Hearst and the SLA, Macmillan
- Mary F. Beal, Safe
House: A Casebook Study of Revolutionary Feminism in the 1970's,
Northwest Matrix, 1976.
- Jerry Belcher & Don West, Patty/Tania,
Pyramid Books, 1975
- David Boulton, The
Making Of Tania Hearst, Bergenfield, N.J., U.S.A.: New American
- John Bryan, This
Soldier Still At War, (on Joe Remiro) Harcourt Brace Jovanovich,
- Patty Hearst with Alvin Moscow, Patty
Hearst: Her Own Story, New York: Avon, 1982. This was the title
after the movie came out. Original title: Every Secret Thing.
- Sharon D. Hendry, Soliah:
The Sara Jane Olson Story, Cable Publishing, 2002.
- Janey Jimenez (U.S. Marshal who escorted Hearst between prison and the
court during the trial) with Ted Berkman, My
Prisoner, Sheed Andrews and McMeel, 1977.
- Jean Brown Kinney, An
American journey: The short life of Willy Wolfe, Simon and Schuster,
- Vin McLellan, Paul Avery, The
voices of guns: The definitive and dramatic story of the twenty-two-month
career of the Symbionese Liberation Army, one of the most bizarre chapters
in the history of the American Left, Putnam, 1977.
- John Pascal, The
Strange Case of Patty Hearst, New American Library, 1974.
- Findley & Craven Payne, Life
and Death of the SLA, Ballantine, 1976.
- Robert Brainard Pearsall, Symbionese
Liberation Army: Documents and Communications, Rodopi, 1974
- Fred Soltysik, In
Search of a Sister 1976.
- Steven Weed, with Scott Swanton. My
Search for Patty Hearst, New York: Warner, 1976. Weed was Hearst's
boyfriend at the time of the kidnapping. That was the end of their
- Video: Patty
Hearst, based on Every Secret Thing, directed by Paul
- Video: The Ordeal of Patty Hearst (1979) (TV)
- Video: Patty Hearst: The E! True Hollywood Story (2000) (TV)
- Video: Neverland:
The Rise and Fall of the Symbionese Liberation Army aka Guerrilla:
The Taking of Patty Hearst, Directed by Robert Stone, 2004,