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In February 1974, a radical organization called the SLA shocked America with the kidnapping of 19-year-old heiress Patricia Hearst. But within weeks, the young woman known to the world as "Patty" would do something even more disturbing: She would join her captors in their violent crimes. It created a chilling question that still divides America today: Was Patty Hearst a victim of brainwashing, or did this California college student willingly become an armed terrorist? With help from expert analysts, this CNN podcast re-examines the evidence. For more on the Patty Hearst kidnapping, watch CNN's "The Radical Story of Patty Hearst" on Sundays at 9 p.m. beginning February 11.

Patty Has a Gun: The Life and Crimes of Patricia Hearst CNN

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In February 1974, a radical organization called the SLA shocked America with the kidnapping of 19-year-old heiress Patricia Hearst. But within weeks, the young woman known to the world as "Patty" would do something even more disturbing: She would join her captors in their violent crimes. It created a chilling question that still divides America today: Was Patty Hearst a victim of brainwashing, or did this California college student willingly become an armed terrorist? With help from expert analysts, this CNN podcast re-examines the evidence. For more on the Patty Hearst kidnapping, watch CNN's "The Radical Story of Patty Hearst" on Sundays at 9 p.m. beginning February 11.

Customer Reviews

3.3 out of 5
295 Ratings

295 Ratings

McMulk ,

Hard to hear

I found the story interesting and the interviews to be helpful to the story, but hearing the interviews that happened over the phone or old recordings were significantly harder to hear than the narrators. Made it hard to understand!

Shepali ,

Interesting but low quality prodution

This is a very interesting story - especially since I lived down the street from the Hearst mansion in Hillsborough, CA in the 80’s. However, for this being a CNN production, I was surprised at the low quality of the show. First off, the volume is very low, requiring you to turn your sound way up, which then further distorts the already low quality original sound bites. Also, stylistically, its more like a radio interview, rather than a story telling drama. I guess I’ve gotten used to the Wondery, Tenderfoot, and Gimlet productions that really help you visualize what's happening, with sound effects and more dramatic voice inflection. I found it hard to stay engaged sometimes. And it was somewhat of an anticlimactic ending. I was hoping for more current day info on Patty after the whole ordeal.

ZWHEELER93 ,

Great Topic, Poorly Reported

I think this is definitely an interesting story, but very repetitive. I think it could have been dived into a lot deeper than was discussed.

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