Patty Hearst Saves Her Captors From Capture!
By Patrick Mondout
On May 16, 1974, Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) members William
and Emily Harris entered a sporting goods store in Inglewood,
California, with the intent to steal ammunition for the terrorist group.
They were apprehended by store security until Patty
Hearst and her semi-automatic rifle intervened.
Patty Hearst had driven the Harrises in a red Volkswagen bus to a Mel's
Sporting Goods. The plan was to snatch the ammunition and purchase some
goods ($31 worth of clothes, which they paid for) to cover their tracks.
As they were leaving, Emily & Bill got into an altercation outside
with a security guard, who managed to get a set of handcuffs on one of
Bill reached for a revolver he had one him but it was knocked out of
his hands by the security guard. Hearst emerged from the van and fired an
semi-automatic weapon 27 times, taking out the storefront window and
allowing all three to escape. Store owner Bill Huett's wife was slightly
injured by a ricocheting bullet.
The LAPD knew from the descriptions who was now in town and less than
24 hours later, there would be a televised
shootout between the SLA and Los Angeles SWAT teams.
- Shana Alexander, Anyone's
Daughter: The Times and Trials of Patricia Hearst,
- Carolyn Anspacher & the San Francisco Chronicle, The
Trial of Patty Hearst, Great Fidelity Press, 1976.
- Marilyn Baker, Exclusive!:
the inside story of Patricia Hearst and the SLA, Macmillan
- Mary F. Beal, Safe
House: A Casebook Study of Revolutionary Feminism in the 1970's,
Northwest Matrix, 1976.
- Jerry Belcher & Don West, Patty/Tania,
Pyramid Books, 1975
- David Boulton, The
Making Of Tania Hearst, Bergenfield, N.J., U.S.A.: New American
- John Bryan, This
Soldier Still At War, (on Joe Remiro) Harcourt Brace Jovanovich,
- Patty Hearst with Alvin Moscow, Patty
Hearst: Her Own Story, New York: Avon, 1982. This was the title
after the movie came out. Original title: Every Secret Thing.
- Sharon D. Hendry, Soliah:
The Sara Jane Olson Story, Cable Publishing, 2002.
- Janey Jimenez (U.S. Marshal who escorted Hearst between prison and the
court during the trial) with Ted Berkman, My
Prisoner, Sheed Andrews and McMeel, 1977.
- Jean Brown Kinney, An
American journey: The short life of Willy Wolfe, Simon and Schuster,
- Vin McLellan, Paul Avery, The
voices of guns: The definitive and dramatic story of the twenty-two-month
career of the Symbionese Liberation Army, one of the most bizarre chapters
in the history of the American Left, Putnam, 1977.
- John Pascal, The
Strange Case of Patty Hearst, New American Library, 1974.
- Findley & Craven Payne, Life
and Death of the SLA, Ballantine, 1976.
- Robert Brainard Pearsall, Symbionese
Liberation Army: Documents and Communications, Rodopi, 1974
- Fred Soltysik, In
Search of a Sister 1976.
- Steven Weed, with Scott Swanton. My
Search for Patty Hearst, New York: Warner, 1976. Weed was Hearst's
boyfriend at the time of the kidnapping. That was the end of their
- Video: Patty
Hearst, based on Every Secret Thing, directed by Paul
- Video: The Ordeal of Patty Hearst (1979) (TV)
- Video: Patty Hearst: The E! True Hollywood Story (2000) (TV)
- Video: Neverland:
The Rise and Fall of the Symbionese Liberation Army aka Guerrilla:
The Taking of Patty Hearst, Directed by Robert Stone, 2004,