this day in crime history: february 4, 1974

On this date in 1974, 19 year old heiress Patty Hearst was kidnapped from her Berkeley, CA apartment by members of the Symbionese Liberation Army. The following April, she was photographed holding a weapon during a San Francisco bank robbery. She was eventually arrested in September of 1975. She would later claim she was brainwashed by the SLA. The jury at her trial didn’t buy it, and she was convicted and sentenced to 35 years in prison. Her sentence was eventually commuted to 7 years, and she was granted a pardon in 2001.

Further reading:

Crime Museum: Patty Hearst Kidnapping

Wikipedia – Patty Hearst

PBS – When the victim becomes the criminal: a fresh look at the story of Patty Hearst

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2 thoughts on “this day in crime history: february 4, 1974

  1. John D.:
    Seems she didn’t come out on the other side none the worse for wear.
    And, from what I’ve read, she’s been keeping her nose clean ever since.

    Good story.

    Stay safe.

    Like

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