this day in crime history: may 17, 1974


On this date in 1974, six members of the Symbionese Liberation Army were cornered by police in a house in Los Angeles. The police announced their presence via bullhorn. An older man and a small child walked out of the house. The man told police that no one else was inside. After several attempts to communicate with the remaining occupants, police fired tear gas into the building. SLA members responded with automatic weapons fire. In the ensuing battle, the building caught fire. All six SLA members, the group’s leader, Donald “Cinque” Defreeze, Nancy Ling Perry, Angela Atwood, Willie Wolfe, Patricia Soltysik and Camilla Hall, were killed in the shootout.

Further reading:

Crime Library – HEARST, SOLIAH AND THE S.L.A.

CNN.com – Patty Hearst Profile

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2 thoughts on “this day in crime history: may 17, 1974

  1. John D.:
    The SLA…and where are they all NOW?

    They discovered the Joy of Gardening…as in taking the big DIRT NAP and are PUSHING UP DAISIES!
    Serves them right, too.

    Stay safe out there.

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