The Radical Story of Patty Hearst is a six-part series that follows the transformation of Patty Hearst from heiress to terrorist in a saga of privilege, celebrity, politics, media, revolution and violence. Over 40 years later, newly discovered evidence, archival footage, cinematic recreations and exclusive first-hand accounts shed light on one of the biggest and most bizarre stories in modern American history. The Radical Story of Patty Hearst includes unprecedented access to key figures in the story including Bill Harris, the man that abducted Hearst from her apartment in 1974, and Steven Weed, the fiancé who witnessed it all. The series weaves through her upbringing, kidnapping, transformation into a terrorist, subsequent arrest and trial and her transition back into American royalty.
Patty Hearst, the 19-year-old daughter of one of the richest and most powerful families in the country and granddaughter of media magnate William Randolph Hearst, is kidnapped and held hostage by a mysterious revolutionary group called the Symbionese Liberation Army.
The lines between captivity and combat are blurred when Patty Hearst announces to the world she has joined the Symbionese Liberation Army.
On April 15,1974, Patty Hearst walked into the Hibernia Bank in San Francisco, under video surveillance, armed with an M1 machine gun and became a symbol of revolution for radical groups.
Patty refuses to go home and the SLA redefines their hate for capitalism with aim at the police.
The SLA literally and figuratively goes up in flames, soon after being captured by the FBI.