One of the most famous kidnap and Stockholm syndrome victims ever, Patty Hearst is the granddaughter of William Randolph Hearst, the inspiration for Orson Welles’s Citizen Kane. Taken by a left-wing urban guerrilla group in Berkeley, California in February 1974 aged just 19, Hearst spent over a year with the the Symbionese Liberation Army. During her period of incarceration she was party to a store shooting, a bank robbery and renamed herself “Tania” in honour of the nom de guerre of Che Guevara’s sidekick Tamara Bunke. After being captured and serving 22 months in prison, President Jimmy Carter commuted her sentence and released Patty Hearst in February 1979. She subsequently married her former bodyguard, Bernard Shaw, had two children named Gillian and Lydia Hearst, and was granted a full pardon by President Clinton in January 2001. Of her subsequent life, Patty Hearst, who became an actress and French bulldog enthusiast, has stated: “Things are nice”. Surprisingly, she has just 350 followers on Twitter.
An amazing story. Wonderful that she turned her life around and has brought up two delightful daughters.
Poor woman. Thank God they got her out of jail. Her captors were evil and manipulative.
Thank you for this. This fascinating story is as relevant today as ever as university campus students are now falling pray of pro-HAMAS and other radical Islamist rhetoric etc.
I watched the film you included just now and having not heard of this story for many years, I am amazed by what happened. Thank you for sharing this Steeple Times. Very interesting viewing.
One rule for the rich. One for the poor. Typical of The Steeple Times to side with the former. Shameful arse licking.
Patricia Hearst was RIGHTLY pardoned. Get over yourself.
Can you not use that ghastly Americanism ‘Get over yourself’. It indicates deep thickness
You think you don’t have phrases that hurt our brains? My, you are surely full of something. You have no right to demand others write in a style that earns your approval, especially when what she wrote was correct in her domain.
Now to invoke an appropriate response to your insult to someone who did nothing wrong… “Get over yourself already. You are not God’s answer to mankind.”