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Today there seem to be that many historical events that take place today are court trials The trial of Patricia Campbell Hearst can be the pioneer of this For Hearst herself Im sure this was all a nightmare Not only was she kidnapped brainwashed and held hostage but in the end she was also accused of committing a crime a crime that many people have very different opinions about The day this nightmare began was on February 4 1974 Members of a group that called themselves the Symbionese Liberation Army also known as the SLA-which had been what you may say as famous for the assassination of Marcus Foster who of that time was the first African American superintendant of schools in the troubled area of Oakland California 3 These SLA fighters knocked on the door of Patricia Hearsts Berkeley apartment just after 9 pm 2 They gagged and blindfolded her and put her on the floor of a waiting car driving her to a safe house in San Francisco There they kept at the time only 19 year old Patricia in a small disgusting closet The group kidnapped Patricia in hope that they could maybe extort money from her wealthy father Randolph A Hearst and free the SLA members who were accused and being held for the assassination of Foster For about 2 years Patricia Hearst stayed in the supposed safe house in a closet and was exposed to extreme physical sexual and psychological abuse 2 This abuse had taken quite a toll on Hearst On April 15 1974 Patricia was about to take part in a crime that would change her life more than it already was On this day she along with the rest of the Symbionese Liberation Army took a weapon and went on to rob the Hibernia Bank Aside from the fact that she was taking part in a bank robbery nonetheless it was the bank
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