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Hearst Interview #243855

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Dec 16, 1976
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(Studio) Patricia Hearst has told story of kidnapping and life underground to FBI, police, lawyers and jury; now gives exclusive interview to CBS News. Interview takes place at home near San Simeon, California, estate built by her grandfather. Ground rules for interview include no questions with regard to William and Emily Harris, Los Angeles sporting goods store robbery or robbery of Carmichael, California, bank, allegedly involving SLA.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(San Simeon, California) 1st questions with regard to Hearst's kidnapping. [HEARST - describes feelings during actual kidnapping at her apt. Describes conditions during 1st days of kidnapping.] Reporter notes San Francisco bank robbery in April, 1974, for which Hearst has been convicted; she still says she did it at gunpoint and her gun didn't work. (Film shown.) [HEARST - says carbine rifle had been shown her day before robbery; cites reason gun inoperable.] Reporter notes death by fire and shootout of 5 SLA members in Los Angeles in May, 1974. (Film shown.) Hearst watched reports at hotel near Disneyland. [HEARST - says SLA had told her parents, police and FBI didn't care about her and when saw shooting and fire on TV, she believed it.] Reporter asks her to describe Donald "Cinque" DeFreeze. [HEARST - says he was maniac; says members got what they deserved and asked for in Los Angeles and she doesn't feel sorry for them.] Reporter asks re: life on road underground. [HEARST - describes life during that year on road.] Reporter asks how she felt when arrested by FBI agent. [HEARST - says she thought they'd kill her. Says everything SLA said would happen has.] Reporter asks how she feels with regard to family. [HEARST - says she loves them; notes Christmas to be celebrated together.] Hearst's future still clouded but she and family are together now and agree they wanted it that way all along.
REPORTER: Harold Dow

(Studio) Broadcast of fuller interview noted; titled "Patty Hearst; Her Story."
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Dow, Harold

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