One woman. Two lives. Infinite questions.

Part One: The Kidnapping

Patty Hearst is kidnapped and held captive by a mysterious revolutionary group called the Symbionese Liberation Army.

Part Two: The Captive

The lines between captivity and combat are blurred when Patty Hearst announces to the world she has joined the SLA.

Part Three: The Robbery

On April 15th, 1974 Patty Hearst walked into a bank in San Francisco armed with an M1 machine gun and became a symbol of revolution for radical groups.

Part Four: The Lost Year

Patty refuses to go home and the SLA redefines their hate for capitalism with aim at the police.

Part Five: The Conversion

The SLA literally and figuratively goes up in flames, soon after being captured by the FBI.

Part Six: The Verdict

From American heiress to American terrorist and back, Patty uses Hearst PR to rebuild her image and regain public trust.

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The transformation of Patty Hearst from kidnapped heiress to terrorist is a saga of privilege, celebrity and violence that gripped the nation. Over forty years later, firsthand accounts shed light on one of the most bizarre stories in modern American history. This six-part documentary series includes unprecedented access to Patty’s comrades and confidants and explores who Patty Hearst really is: victim or villain?


Episode One: The Kidnapping
Episode Two: The Captive
Episode Three: The Robbery
Episode Four: The Lost Year
Episode Five: The Conversion
Episode Six: The Verdict