KIDNAPING: Strange Message from Patty

The Polaroid color photograph might have been the cover of a paperback thriller—or a recruiting poster for the revolutionary left. But the comely, wholesome-looking girl holding a submachine gun was Patricia Hearst, and an accompanying tape recording of her voice carried a bizarre message: Patty, 20, had decided to forsake her millionaire parents and join the fanatics who kidnaped her two months ago.

"I have been given the choice of being released in a safe area, or joining the forces of the Symbionese Liberation Army and fighting for my freedom and the...

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