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04 February

Feb 4, 1974 Patty Hearst Kidnapped


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Patty Hearst, the granddaughter of publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst was kidnapped on February 4, 1974 by a neo-revolutionary group called the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA). She was taken from her Berkley, California apartment that she shared with her fiance Steven Weed. By her account, she was kept for 2 months and brain washed. In April 1974 the now famous picture of her holding a gun was photographed.

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On April 15, 1974 she officially became an outlaw.  She was photographed helping a group of SLA members commit a bank robbery.  In September 1974, Patty Hearst was arrested with other members of the SLA in a San Francisco apartment.  On March 20, 1976 she was convicted of the bank robbery and sentenced to 35 years in prison.  After serving 22 months of her sentence Hearst was released in February 1979, when Jimmy Carter commuted her sentence.  President Bill Clinton granter her a full pardon January 20, 2001.  After her release Patty married her former bodyguard, Bernard Shaw. She now lives with her husband and two children, Gillian and Lydia in Garrison, New York.

Patty eventually wrote a autobiography of her ordeal called Patty Hearst Her Story.  Patty also wrote, Every Secret Thing. The book Patty’s Got a Gun: Patricia Hearst in 1970s America is also a popular biography about Patty Hearst.  Movies have also been made about Patty’s kidnapping and include, Guerrilla – The Taking of Patty Hearst and Patty Hearst.  Patty her self is an actress and has been in several films and appears in television series as well.

Below you can watch a Patty Hearst interview from Larry King Live.  It has several parts.

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