The Hearst Case
Sir / In all your conjecture in the Patty Hearst case [April 29], I am surprised someone did not suggest what I think would be a logical reason for the S.L.A.'s control over hernamely, the threat of assassination of Steven Weed or members of the Hearst family.
Sir / Patricia Hearst has not only fallen victim to a tragic kidnaping but also to a phylogenetically evolved trait that Konrad Lorenz in his book On Aggression calls "militant enthusiasm." It is a behavior pattern precipitated when young people especially...