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Patty Hearst, SLA in Bank Robbery!

By Patrick Mondout

At 10:00 a.m. on April 15, 1974, members of the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) robbed the Hibernia Bank in San Francisco. The surprise was not the robbery itself, but that kidnapped heiress Patty Hearst was seen on the bank security camera taking part (see picture on right).

Two bystanders were shot, but survived. The terrorists, who kidnapped Patty Hearst on February 4, got away with $10,960. Only eleven days earlier, a taped message from Patty Hearst claimed that she was free to go, but that she had freely decided to join the SLA.

While the Hearst family and the FBI continued to say that she was brainwashed - the FBI going so far as to say its technical analysis of the bank photos showed that a gun was pointed at her the whole time and that hers may not have been loaded - the public started to see things differently. Was she a kidnapping victim or a willing participant?

The U.S. Attorney in charge of the case was quoted as say, "It seems they were going out of their way to have her identified as Patty Hearst." Indeed, none of the five who entered the bank made any effort to hide their identity and Hearst seemed to be on display.

Another tape nine days later from Patty suggests that her gun was loaded and that she was a willing participant and that further study of the photographs would prove it. She also suggested that if that didn't work, her future actions would prove it. If anyone needed proof as to whether or not Patty's gun was loaded, they got it a month later in Los Angeles.

Patty's later conviction stemmed mainly from her actions in the Hibernia Bank. 

Hibernia Bank...

(First picture) A smartly-dressed Donald De Freeze take the guard's gun away during the initial stages of the robbery.

(Second picture) The bank was nearly destroyed during the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. It then temporarily housed the Harbor Police Station before returning to its use as a bank. After the bank closed in the Awesome80s, it once again became a police station.

Courtesy of the FBI/USGS.

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