Patty Hearst: Rich girl to revolutionary and back again

American Heiress may be the closest we will ever come to the truth

4th September, 2016
Patty Hearst the heiress who was abducted by the Symbionese Liberation Army and then joined the group in a spree of armed robberies Pic: Getty

History, American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst, By Jeffrey Toobin, Doubleday

Jeffrey Toobin’s new book contains a photograph that he describes as a 1970s version of the Mona Lisa. It shows a young woman in a beret, carrying a machine gun and standing in front of a seven-headed cobra logo.

Her expression is completely inscrutable, giving no clue to a question that once...

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