Newspaper heiress and wanted fugitive Patty Hearst is captured in a San Francisco apartment and arrested for armed robbery.
On February 4, 1974, Patricia Hearst, the 19-year-old daughter of newspaper publisher Randolph Hearst, was kidnapped from her apartment in Berkeley, California, by two black guys and a white woman, all 3 of whom have been armed. Her fiancé, Stephen Weed, was tied and beaten up plus a neighbor who tried to assist. Witnesses reported seeing a struggling Hearst being overly enthusiastic blindfolded, and she was invest the trunk of a auto. Neighbors who arrived in to the street have been forced to take cover following the kidnappers fired their guns to cover their escape.
Three days later, the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA), just a little U.S. leftist group, announced in a letter to a Berkeley radio station that it had been holding Hearst as a “prisoner of war.” Four days later, the SLA demanded that the Hearst household give $70 in foodstuffs to each needy individual from Santa Rosa to Los Angeles. This completed, mentioned the SLA, negotiations would commence for the return of Patricia Hearst. Randolph Hearst hesitantly gave away some $2 million worth of meals. The SLA then known as this inadequate and asked for $4 million a lot more. The Hearst Corporation mentioned it could donate the excess sum if the lady premiered unharmed.
In April, so even, the circumstance changed significantly when Patty Hearst declared, in a tape delivered to the authorities, that the SLA had been joined by her of her very own free will. Later that month, a surveillance camera took an image of her taking part in an armed robbery of a San Francisco bank, and she was also spotted throughout the robbery of a Los Angeles shop.
On May 17, police raided the SLA’s secret headquarters in Los Angeles, killing six of the group’s nine recognized members. Among the dead was the SLA’s leader, Donald DeFreeze, an African American ex-convict who called himself General Field Marshal Cinque. Patty Hearst and two other SLA members wanted for the April bank robbery weren’t on the premises.
Finally, on September 18, 1975, a year following crisscrossing the nation with her captors-or conspirators-for much more than, Hearst, or “Tania,” as she named herself, was captured in a San Francisco apartment and arrested for armed robbery. Despite her later declare that she have been brainwashed by the SLA, she was convicted on March 20, 1976, and sentenced to seven years in prison. Her prison sentence was commuted by President Jimmy Carter and she premiered in February 1979. She later married her bodyguard. In 2001, she received a whole pardon from President Bill Clinton.