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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