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Smithsonian Channel preps ‘The Lost Tapes: Patty Hearst’

Smithsonian Channel is prepping the latest installment of its ‘The Lost Tapes’ series with the story of American heiress-turned-bank robber Patty Hearst. On Feb. 4, 1974, 19-year-old Patricia “Patty” Hearst, American ...
October 25, 2017

Smithsonian Channel is prepping the latest installment of its ‘The Lost Tapes’ series with the story of American heiress-turned-bank robber Patty Hearst.

On Feb. 4, 1974, 19-year-old Patricia “Patty” Hearst, American heiress of publishing giant William Randolph Hearst, was kidnapped from her Berkley, California apartment. Her kidnapping left authorities confounded and the public enthralled as the story unfolded over the course of the next 19 months.

Shortly after she went missing, the left-wing urban guerrilla group, the Symbionese Liberation Army, claimed responsibility. The group planned on leveraging the Hearst’s wealth and political clout and issued a list of demands to Patty’s father, Randolph Hearst.

A few months into her ordeal, Hearst was heard on tape renouncing her family, her fiancé and her own name as she claimed to have joined the SLA as a machine gun-toting guerrilla going by the name of Tania. When members of the SLA, including Hearst, robbed a bank at gunpoint, the heiress turned into a fugitive. Hearst was eventually arrested for bank robbery, tried by a jury and convicted of bank robbery, among other crimes.

Produced by 1895 Films, ‘The Lost Tapes: Patty Hearst’ tells the heiress’s story, without interviews or narration, using her own voice recordings, footage of her first interview following her release and first-hand audio tapes of the kidnappers.

The series is produced by Tom Jennings of 1895 Films, the team behind the Peabody Award-winning MLK: The Assassination Tapes. Executive producers for Smithsonian Channel are John Cavanagh, David Royle and Charles Poe.

Previous installments of ‘The Lost Tapes’ have included Pearl Harbor, the L.A. Riots and the Son of Sam.

‘The Lost Tapes: Patty Hearst’ premieres Nov. 26 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel.

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