All About Patty Hearst: From Her Abduction To Married Life and Kids Here

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All About Patty Hearst: From Her Abduction To Married Life and Kids Here

You guys probably might have heard of Patty Hearst, an actress who suffered physical violence after getting kidnaped, by a domestic American terrorist group known as the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA). But how much do you know about her life apart from the very incident? 

Well, if you want to learn more about her kidnapping, married life, and kids, stay till the end! 

Everything To Know About Patty Hearst

Patty, who is the granddaughter of American publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst, was kidnaped by SLA in 1974 when she was just nineteen years old.

On 4 February 1974, Patty was taken hostage by members of SLA who aimed to earn a hefty amount from her wealthy father. Two months after she was held captive, Patty recorded an audiotape announcing the whole world that she had become a part of the SLA.

Likewise, in the following months, the terrorist group released other more tapes with Patty mentioning that she had begun actively participating in SLA's criminal activities. 

Firstly, Patty got involved in criminal activity in California, including extortion and robbery which included an estimated $2 million from Patty's father during her months in captivity.

On 18 September 1975, after Patty spent almost nineteen months with her captors-joining them in criminal acts, she was captured by the FBI.

In 1976's spring, Patty was convicted of bank robbery and sentenced to prison for thirty-five years. However, Patty was released in 1979, after President Jimmy Carter mitigated her prison term.

Later in January 2001, President Bill Clinton granted her a full forbearance shortly before he left the White House. Two months after her release from the prison, Patty got married to her boyfriend, Bernard Lee Shaw, a policeman, in 1979.

Patty Hearst with husband Bernard Shaw (Photo:

Patty met Bernard when he was a part of a dozens-strong private security detail protecting her on bail. 

Patty and Bernard share two children together, Gillian and Lydia Hearst Shaw, who is an American fashion model and lifestyle blogger. Unfortunately, Patty had to lose her husband, not because of divorce but due to his cancer battle that took his life.

Likewise, when Patty was nineteen years old, she also was engaged to a young teacher Steven Weed in 1974, who tutored her in maths at high school.

The then-couple were engaged before the kidnapping incident happened. Steven was badly beaten by the group that came and kidnapped Patty in their Berley, CA apartment.

However, besides all the ups and downs, Patty has been able to accumulate a net worth of $45 million as an heiress, granddaughter of William Randolph Hearst, an American publishing tycoon, and the great-granddaughter of millionaire George Hearst. 

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