ORIGINAL WANTED poster issued by the FBI in 1974 for PATTY HEARST and leftover left-wing radical, Symbionese Liberation Army members - WILLIAM & EMILY HARRIS.
One of the most infamous events in the annals of that turbulent era, was the kidnapping of publishing heiress, Patricia Hearst, by an underground group who called themselves the Symbionese Liberation Army. Ransom was demanded, but during negotiations for her release, Hearst taped audio messages now declaring allegiance to her kidnappers and their cause. While still being held by the SLA, a shoot-out between police and SLA members in Los Angeles of May '74 ended the lives of six members of the group. Hearst, the Harris' and several new recruits - who were not in the house - fled to San Francisco and proceeded to commit a slew of crimes, including several bank robberies, one resulted in the death of a woman at the bank to deposit money for her church. Although they got away and were on the lam with their bank loot, in September 1975, the law finally arrested Hearst, the Harris' and the remaining SLA members.
Hearst, who maintained all along that she had been drugged, raped, brainwashed and forced to participate in the crimes by her kidnappers, was convicted of bank robbery and sentenced to 7 yrs. in prison. After serving 21 months, her sentence was commuted by President Carter and she was later pardoned by President Bill Clinton. The Harris' each served 8 yrs. for kidnapping Hearst and robbery. In 2002, new evidence emerged in the death of the woman killed and the Harris' pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. Emily Harris was sentenced to another 8 yrs. in prison, while William - now her ex-husband - received another 7 yrs.
Needless to say, this ORIGINAL piece from my private collection RARELY comes up for auction. The poster, which I've owned and displayed for over 15 yrs., comes to you from a pet-free, smoke-free home, professionally matted, framed and ready to hang.
This is an EXTRAORDINARY piece! Please look carefully at the photos and know that I will gladly forward additional close-up photos of the visible yellowing/staining near William Harris portion (upper left) and a better view of a portion of the frame it comes in.
CONDITION/SPECS: It measures 19 1/2 in. HT. and 14 in. Wide. Very minor tape and staining visible, but they only add character to this piece of our radical, underground history.