Letters, May 20, 1974

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 her—namely, the threat of assassination of Steven Weed or members of the Hearst family.

HELEN WIGGINS

Wichita, Kans.

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...

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