Patty Hearst Net Worth 2020, Biography, Education, and Career.
Patty Hearst Net Worth 2020 – Patty Hearst would have just become another woman in the American society living her life while enjoying the benefits of being the granddaughter of the renowned American publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst.
Patty Hearst was born as Patricia Campbell Hearst, to Randolph Apperson Hearst and Catherine Wood Campbell, in San Francisco, California, on February 20, 1954.
She was the third of the five children of her parents. She was born into one of the wealthiest and most influential American families, who had strong political and financial backing.
Her grandfather, William Randolph Hearst, had established one of the most powerful media and publishing organizations in the country.
She spent most of her childhood in Hillsborough. As a kid, she attended the ‘Crystal Springs School for Girls’ and later went to the ‘Santa Catalina School.’
After finishing high school, she enrolled at ‘Menlo College’ in California. She was soon transferred to the ‘University of California,’ Berkeley.
Her father was the fourth son of William Hearst, who happened to have many heirs. Patty’s father was one of the lesser-known among his siblings.
This led to there being almost no security arrangements at their house and around their daughter Patty.
However, as fate would have it, this turned out to be a tragic mistake, as Patty was kidnapped at 20, by a relatively unknown terrorist group.
At the time of her abduction, she was pursuing a degree in art history from the ‘University of California’ and was living with her fiancé, Steven Weed.
Her fiance Steven Weed was beaten and tied up alongside a neighbor who tried to help while the armed trio took a blindfolded Patty whom they put in the trunk of their car.
Shortly after Patty’s abduction, the leftists anti-capitalist terrorist group, the Symbionese Liberation Army claimed responsibility.
The group as led by an African-American ex-convict, Donald DeFreeze had targetted Patty Hearst to get the government’s attention since she was from a wealthy and influential family.
They succeeded as the news of the kidnap made the headlines of national news outlets.
Their original intention had been to make the Hearst family use their influence to help free two SLA members that were in jail. When that looked impossible they demanded money as ransom to free Patty.
At the same time, Patty was being tortured, threatened with death and brainwashed into accepting the group’s ideology.
The SLA demanded that the Hearst family donate $70 worth of food to each poor person in the Bay Area which would rack up the cost to $400 million, however, Patty’s father was able to come up with $2 million.
Regardless of the extortion on Patty’s father, Patty was not released, instead, in an ugly turn of events, the SLA began releasing audiotapes of Patty pledging allegiance to the SLA from April 1974, about two months after her abduction. In one of the tapes, Paty was heard saying she had taken on the new name; “Tania.”
Later in April 1974, Patty was seen via bank surveillance cameras wielding a gun alongside other members of the SLA in a bank robbery. The FBI intensified their investigations and in May, discovered an SLA safe house that housed the group.
In a heavy shootout that ensued between the SLA members and the cops, the group’s leader DeFreeze alongside 5 others were killed. However, Patty Hearst and the rest escaped.
In September 1975 about 19 months after her initial capture by the SLA, Patty was arrested in San Fransisco while traveling around the country alongside other SLA members in a bid to avoid getting caught.
She was charged and convicted of bank robbery after which she was sentenced to 7 years behind bars despite claims that she was brainwashed.
Further investigations into her mental state revealed a dip in her IQ among other factors ascertaining her brainwashing claims.
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Patty was released in 1979 two years into her sentence after President Jimmy Carter commuted her sentence. President Bill Clinton would later grant her full pardon. The FBI completely clamped down on the SLA by 2002, bringing an end to the group’s activities.