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Born into a wealthy and well- known family Patricia Hearst had luxuries that many kids
never grow up with. She lived in a mansion and grew up in catholic schools. Her Parents
Randolph and Catherine Hearst were strict with their five daughters. As Patty grew up she
became more distant from her parents and decided to go to a public high school. There is
where she met Steven Weed; he was a young teacher who had just graduated from Princeton
University. He became her math tutor, but not long after their relationship turned
intimate. Although she was only 17 and he was 23, they continued with their secret
relationship. ( internet )

Their relationship continued into college where she went to Menlo College. Patty left to
Europe for a summer and, shortly after her return she got engaged to Weed. Her parents
did not approve of her choice but there was nothing they can do to stop her.

She moved in with Weed at an apartment in Berkeley, California. On February 4, 1974, the
doorbell rang at their apartment. Weed went to open the door. There he saw a nervous
women who claimed to have backed her car into another car in the driveway, and needed to
use their phone. He had no time to answer before two armed men pushed their way in the
door. ( Alexander 5)

Weed was left on the floor severely beaten. The abductors dragged Patricia out the
apartment and forced her into the trunk of their car. Her screams attracted the attention
of her neighbors but they were too scared to do anything. She rode in the trunk for a few
minutes and then was switched to the floor of a white station wagon a few blocks away.
From there she was taken to the hide out witch turned out to be her prison.

Her abductors turned out to be the Symbionese Liberation Army, who was led by ex-convict
Donald Defreeze, known as Cinque Mtume. This group took responsibility for the
assassination of Marcus Foster, an Oakland school superintendent. Joe Ramiro and Russell
Little were arrested for this crime. The SLA abducted Patricia Hearst in order to use her
for negotiations to get Ramiro and Little out of jail. Once they saw the massive media
they decided to abandon the plan and focus their attention on more important issues.
(Brompton 121)

Patty Hearst was imprisoned, she was blind folded and kept in closets for 57 days. She
was constantly being put through mental cruelty and torture. Cinque Mtume, would
periodically open the door of her prison and shout slogans and propaganda, condemning her
as a “bourgeois bitch,” over-privileged and out of touch with “the people.” ( Internet )

All of the captors assured her that if the F.B.I. would try to save her, they would fight
them only after the kill her. So she was ordered to record a message, authored by the
SLA, describing her ”fair treatment” and to also plead with her father to meet all their
demands.

Some of these demands included the distribution of 70 dollars worth of food to be
distributed to each and every “poor” person in California. ( Internet )

The SLA knew that this offer was impossible to meet, so they used this to convince Patty
that her father was a “corporate pig” who cared more about money than he did about “the
people,” including his own daughter. When he replied to their demands he did exactly what
they hopped he called the demand impossible to meet ( Internet ). These were the methods
that they used to “brainwash” Patty. She became scared, frustrated and confused. By
predicting her fathers’ methods she slowly began to believe that the SLA was right. She
was so badly abused that she got to the point that she did whatever she was told.

The SLA believed that sex was a need, and that each member had an obligation to satisfy
each other’s needs. Patricia was told that some of the other members had needs and that
the SLA was feeling her more as a member so she must fulfill their needs. As Patty
writes:

Cin came into the closet, shut the door, and said, “take
off your clothes,” and he had me. I lay there like a rag
doll, my mind a million miles away. It was all so mechanical
and then it was over. I said to myself, rationalizing again.
“well, you’re still alive.” What did this kind of abuse matter?
if I had been raped on a dark side street in Berkley, it would
have been the same thing, perhaps worse. If they killed me,
after all, none of this would matter one bit. If I somehow
survived, perhaps these rapes would have saved life. My
thoughts at this time were focused on the single issue
of survival… There was no point in objecting to anything
anymore, not even in my thoughts. I would have to do
anything they wanted in order to survive. At the same time
I could not think of any further humiliation to which they
could subject me. I did not what to think anymore at all.(Moscow 77)


As time went on the SLA began to treat her as a potential candidate to become part of
their group. They began to tell her that all prisoners had the decision to either join or
die. Patricia Hearst had to make the decision that would either save her life or get her
killed. So she decided to “join” them.

She then gave a public announcement tape saying that she has joined her captors and fight
against the “corporate ruling class.” ( Internet ) She was given the name Tania, after a
comrade who fought alongside Che in Bolivia.( Brompton 34)
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