Search the Archive

Hearst / Affidavit #242060

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Sep 23, 1975
View other clips in this broadcast →

Material supplied by VTNA may be used for educational analysis or research only. Any editing, reproduction, publication, rebroadcast, public showing or public display may be prohibited by copyright laws.

(Studio) Patricia Hearst describes physical and mental torture she received from SLA. Says she was locked in closet and forced to take part in bank robbery.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(San Francisco, California) Judge Oliver Carter afraid to subject Hearst to questions in court Her parents present. Defense attorney Terence Hallinan pleads for more time for her family to see her. Patty said she had nothing to say. Panel of psychiatrists to exam. her. There is concern for her sanity. [HALLINAN - reads affidavit describing what happened to Hearst after SLA kidnapped her.] Drawings illustrate sequence of events. Tape recording of Hearst received on February 12, 1974, played. Apr. 16, 1974, bank robbery film shown. Defense to be not guilty due to brainwashing.
REPORTER: Richard Threlkeld

(Studio) Hearst most upset by repeated statement that her parents had abandoned her and were working with FBI to destroy her. Federal prosecutor reads transcript of conversation of Hearst in jail and friend, Patricia Tobin. He read it at bail reduction hearing for Steven Soliah, charged with harboring Hearst. Hearst told Tobin she had lived with Soliah and was afraid he couldn't meet his bail.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Threlkeld, Richard

Note to sponsor members: The Vanderbilt Television News Archive video player requires a modern operating system and browser to work properly. If you are experiencing playback problems, check the minimum requirements and adjust your setup accordingly. After adjustments, if you continue to experience problems, please contact us.

Welcome! Above is the abstract of the item that you're interested in viewing from the Vanderbilt Television News Archive's collection. You have three options if you'd like to view this item:

  • You may request a loan of this video by registering on our website and placing an order.
  • You may visit the Television News Archive on the Vanderbilt campus to view on-site from the Archive's collection.
  • If you are associated with a college or university, you may ask your library if they would like to become a sponsor, which would give students and faculty at your institution the ability to view items from our collection.

If you believe that you are associated with a sponsoring college or university and have received this message in error, please let us know.