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February 4, 1974: The Symbionese Liberation Army, a group of eight, acts on a plan they’ve had for months: to kidnap a well-known figure as a way to bring attention to their cause and raise money that will provide free food for the needy.

In the course of writing my current work-in-progress, a biography of Camilla Hall, I have found that few people can name any member of the SLA beyond Hearst. Hearst dominates any conversation about the SLA, which does a disservice to anyone who wants to study the complexities of that particular time and place.

The eight members during the Hearst kidnapping:

  • Donald DeFreeze, aka Cinque. Died in a shootout with Los Angeles police on May 17, 1974.
  • Bill Harris. Sentenced to seven years in prison in 2002.
  • Emily Harris. Sentenced to eight years in prison in 2002.
  • Patricia “Mizmoon” Soltysik. Died in the shootout on May 17, 1974.
  • Willie Wolfe. Died in the shootout on May 17, 1974.
  • Nancy Ling Perry. Died in the shootout on May 17, 1974.
  • Angela Atwood. Died in the shootout on May 17, 1974.
  • Camilla Hall. Died in the shootout on May 17, 1974.
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