Patty Hearst Bio, Age, Husband, Family, Net worth, Books, Syndrome, SLA


Patty Hearst Biography

Patty Hearst is known to be the granddaughter of the 19th, century media mogul William Randolph Hearst. She was well known for being kidnapped in 1974, by the Symbionese Liberation Army where she remained with her captors for 19 months. She was found after the 19 months where she was wanted for serious crimes.

Hearst is believed to joining her captors in criminal acts shortly after she was kidnapped. 19 months later she was a fugitive to the authorities where she was wanted for the bank robbery that she had carried out together with members of the Symbionese Liberation Army. She was later captured by the FBI and prosecuted for her involvement in the bank robbery and later convicted of the crime and sentenced to 35 years behind bars which were later reduced to 7 years.

Patty Hearst Age

Patty Hearst was born as Patricia Campbell Hearst on February 20th, 1954, in San Francisco, CA. She is 65 years. According to her birthplace, she is an American citizen by birth. Besides, he has a place with white ethnicity.

Patty Hearst Husband | Kids

Patty married Bernard Shaw in 1979, her husband later died in 2013 after a long battle with cancer. Together they had two children  Gillian Hearst-Shaw, and Lydia Hearst.

Patty Hearst Family

She is the grand-daughter to William Randolph Hearst who founded the Hearst media empire. She is the third born of daughters born to Randolph Apperson Hearst and Catherine Wood Campbell. Her father was the fourth born and youngest son of the 19th-century media mogul William Randolph Hearst.

Patty Hearst daughter

Before the death of her husband, the two had two daughters, and one of them is Lydia Hearst, who is a fashion model, lifestyle blogger, and actress. Beyond that, Lydia has appeared in many international covers magazines like L’Officiel, GQ, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Marie Claire, and Elle. Lydia is a spouse to Chris Hardwick

Patty Hearst Net Worth

Hearst has a net worth of  $45 Million. Probably most of her incomes from her books and movie. Besides, she comes from a wealthy family, her grandfather was the developer of the largest newspaper and movie business in the world.

Patty Hearst Early Life

Hearst was raised up in Hillsborough, California. She attended the Crystal Springs School for Girls and later went to the Santa Catalina School. After completing her high school she joined Menlo College’ in California and later transferred to the University of California, Berkeley.

Despite her father being the son and heir from a wealthy and influential family who had political and financial backing, she was not well known as much as his siblings were. Her father did not have control of Hearst’s interests. They even did not have security arrangements around their house and family. At the age of 19, she was abducted by an unknown terrorist group that came to be known as the Symbionese Liberation Army. At the time of her abduction, she was a sophomore at the University of California, Berkeley, studying art history.

Patty Hearst Kidnapping and Pursuance

On February 4, 1974, in the evening while at her apartment a group of several young men and women barged in with guns drawn, and shots were fired from machine guns. During the abduction, she was badly beaten and lost consciousness. They carried her and put her in the trunk of their getaway car. Soon it came to be known that her kidnappers were from a group that was known as ‘SLA’ who purported to be freedom fighters trying to free the Americans from the capitalist economic and social system.

The group recruited young men and women from all walks of life and were headed by Donald DeFreeze who wanted to fight against the American government. The group was later billed as a radical terrorist group by the American government and was deemed too small to be taken seriously. They targeted Patty in order to gain media exposure and to have the Americans’ attention. The police waited for a ransom call from the SLA and for a few times they called demanding money in exchange for her release.

Patty Hearst with the SLA

Two months after her abduction, Patty recorded an audiotape announcing that she had joined and become part of the SLA. The audiotape was heard all over the world and the months that followed more audiotapes were released with her speaking and explaining how well she understood the SLA motives and interest. She later began actively participating in SLA led criminal activities in California, and at an incident she was seen in a surveillance-camera tape, playing an active part in a bank robbery. She was seen shouting orders to customers at the bank holding assault rifle in order to cover for her SLA members.

After the tape was released the FBI began an intensive search for the gang members and for some time they were unsuccessful with their search. On May 16, 1975, FBI agents followed two SLA gang members to a hidden safe house where a shootout broke and six of the terrorist were shot and killed including their leader DeFreeze. Patty managed to escape together with other gang members but she was later apprehended on September 18, 1975, in San Francisco.

Patty Hearst Trial and Sentencing

On January 15, 1976, Hearst’s trials began and she was charged with the bank robbery at the Hibernia Bank in the Sunset District branch. On March 20, 1976, she was declared guilty of bank robbery and was sentenced to 35 years in prison but she, however, spent only 22 months behind bars as President Jimmy Carter commuted her prison term. In January 2001, she was fully pardoned by President Bill Clinton.

Patty Hearst  Stockholm syndrome

The shift in her behavior with the SLA has been widely attributed to a psychological phenomenon called Stockholm syndrome, is a condition that causes hostages to develop a psychological alliance with their captors as a survival strategy during captivity.

Patty Hearst Now| is patty Hearst still alive?

Hearst today is not what you might think. She raised two children with her husband, who was a former police officer in San Francisco for 15 years before becoming the vice president of corporate security for Hearst Corporation. The couple married in after her release from prison and were together until Shaw’s untimely death in 2013 from cancer. Shaws left behind his wife and their daughters, Lydia Hearst and Gillian Hearst-Simonds.

To truth, the past that Hearst cannot run away from, no matter how hard she tries. As she said in a certain interview, I’m just reconciling myself to the fact that OK, sometimes I can’t walk down the street without 50 heads turning.”. Besides, Patty doesn’t talk much about those events, mostly about her history with the SLA. To her It’s a strange twist of fate she would wound up running around Madison Square Garden with show dogs, considering the turmoil and the trauma she went through with this kidnapping and having to go to prison for bank robbery.”. Moreover, She is a renowned actress and author.

Patty Hearst Movie: Patty Hearst film

The film is about the kidnapping of student Patty Hearst by the Symbionese Liberation Army, her transformation into an active follower of the SLA after long-lasting imprisonment and the process of purported brainwashing, and her final arrest after a series of armed robberies. In addition, the film is base on Hearst’s autobiography” Evey Secret Thing”. Also, directed by Paul Schrader.

Nevertheless, the film cast includes Natasha Richardson, who portrays Patricia Hearst, Ving Rhames as Cinque Mtume, William Forsythe( Teko), Frances Fisher cast as Yolanda, Jodi Long as Wendy Yoshimura, Dana Delany( Gelina), and Olivia Barash who played as Fahizah

Patty Hearst Published Books

She has written the following books over the years;

  • Every Secret Thing published in 1982.
  • Murder at San Simeon originally published in 1984.