Hearst, Patricia

Hearst, Patricia (Campbell)

(1954–  ) heiress; born in San Francisco, Calif. The daughter of newspaper tycoon Randolph Hearst, she was kidnapped in 1974 by the radical Symbionese Liberation Army. After brainwashing, she assumed the name "Tania" and joined in their bank robberies. She was captured in 1975, tried, and sentenced to prison in 1976. Paroled in 1979, she married her bodyguard and wrote an autobiography, Every Secret Thing (1982).
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.
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Or alternatively, that Regency Press was owned by the Hearst Corporation, and that Randy Hearst, Patricia's father, orchestrated his daughter's kidnapping in order to instigate a law and order crackdown that would serve his long term political and economic interests.