A group of 6 contemporary periodicals, each one with a front cover feature devoted to Patty Hearst and/or the SLA.
i) THIS WORLD (SF: Chronicle Publishing, April 21, 1974). Tabloid newspaper format. 40pp. “The SLA Robs a Bank”, with front cover devoted to the now-famous security camera image of Patty Hearst (‘Tania’) with semi-automatic carbine inside the Hibernia Bank in San Francisco she (along with two other armed SLA members) robbed of $10,690 on April 15, 1974. The full-page report on page 5 prints another CCTV image from the robbery showing Patty with her accomplices, Donald DeFreeze (‘General Cinque’) and Camilla Hall (‘Gabi’), at the scene of the crime, and a photo-illustrated quote from Patty: “I have changed - grown; I’ve become conscious and can never go back to the life we led before.” A month later, DeFreeze and Hall were killed in a police shootout in LA, and Hearst was captured in September 1975. Also: brief news of “14 Arrested in Black Panther House” in East Oakland; Ralph Gleason’s book reviews (on “Dylan, Boogie and the Stones”); more. Newsprint slightly age-toned, o/w Near Fine.
ii) TIME (Chicago: Time Inc., April 29, 1974). 7pp. cover story, “The Hearst Nightmare”, with several photographs of Patty and her accomplices, including profiles of each one. Also: the ‘Zebra’ murders in San Francisco (“apparently not linked with the S.L.A.”). Very Good.
iii) THE REALIST #98 (NY: February [actually July] 1974). Ed. Paul Krassner. Newsprint. 40pp. (incl. cover). The second issue of The Realist dedicated to Mae Brussell's Newsletter (the first was on Watergate); this installment is devoted to the conspiracy theory that the SLA was colluding with the FBI and the CIA. Mae Brussell, a conspiracy researcher and radio personality, was given space by Krassner, who was impressed with her work (as was John Lennon, who helped fund its publication in the magazine; following his murder Brussell argued that there was a government conspiracy to assassinate him). Very Good plus. The final issue of the first run of The Realist (the magazine resumed in 1985 with issue #99).
iv) BERKELEY BARB #509 (May 16, 1975). 1pp. front cover story (featuring artwork by Jon Goodchild) - “The Cobra One Year Later: In Memorium, the LA Massacre May 17, 1974” + half-page review of “Songs of Rage: Poems for the SLA by members of the Underground” (w. photo of Patty Hearst). The main article, by Kathie Streem, examines the case against two SLA members, Russell Little and Joseph Remiro, and reports from a rally held in their support outside the Sacramento courthouse (where they were subsequently sentenced to life in prison). Also: New World Liberation Front bomb attack on Pacific Gas and Electric; 2pp. on the JFK assassination; “Ex-FBI Snitch Talks”; centrespread interview with Eric Mann, “veteran White revolutionary”, on his book about “Comrade” George Jackson; Robert Anton Wilson (“Extra-Terrestial TV”); “The Latest Thing in Punk Rock” (Adolf Poet on The Dictators); Michael Reynolds on the films of Jack Smith; more. Old central horizontal fold; newsprint paper slightly age-toned; o/w Very Good plus.
v) TIME (Chicago: Time Inc., September 29, 1975). 8pp. cover story, “Patty’s Twisted Journey”, illustrated with numerous photographs, including one of the LA shootout. Also: the CIA’s covert activities. Very Good.
vi) THE SATURDAY EVENING POST (Indianapolis: The Saturday Evening Post Company, April 1976). “The Peril of Patricia”, a 3pp. front cover feature on Patty’s ‘brainwashing’ by the SLA (the front cover illustration depicts her beforehand as “a vibrant, pretty coed who studied art history at Berkekley”) + editorial + 8pp. article, “Kidnapping Victims: Tragic Aftermaths” (from Lindbergh on). Also: Isaac Asimov; Tin Pan Alley (8pp.); Ricky Nelson (4pp.); more. Very Good.