this day in crime history: september 18, 1975

On this date in 1975, heiress-turned-hostage-turned- revolutionary Patty Hearst was arrested by the FBI in San Francisco. And so began her transformation from radical chic to jailhouse geek. She was tried, convicted, and given a seven year sentence that was commuted in 1979 (thanks, Jimmy!). She was pardoned in January 2001 (thanks, Bill!).

Further reading:

Patty Hearst article at Crime Library

Wikipedia entry on Patty Hearst

Patty Hearst, actress

2 thoughts on “this day in crime history: september 18, 1975

  1. John D.:
    Haven’t really heard much from the SLA these days (like we don;’ have enough radicals PO’ed at the USA for some dumb reason.
    With OUR luck,. the other members are probably living the good life in this adminstration’s halls and offices.
    (and on OUR dime to boot)

    Good story.

    Stay safe out there.


    • I don’t think any of the SLA crowd made it into the administration. Face it, the SLA was purely second string. First stringers, like the Weather Underground, would have gobbled up all the important spots. 🙂


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