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On this Inquiry, we welcome back author and teacher MARY ELIZABETH STRUNK to continue her conversation about her unique social history WANTED WOMEN: AN AMERICAN OBSESSION IN THE REIGN OF J. EDGAR HOOVER. Tonight we focus on one of the great and weird headline stories of the early 1970s: the kidnapping of heiress Patty Hearst by the fringe radical group The Symbionese Liberation Army. The media made sure every aspect of this juicy tabloid story made front-page headlines. America eagerly followed her conversion to radical liberation politics, her dumping of her former fiancée, her eventual capture, trial, and final release from jail. The later films made about her life as well as her bizarre and self parodying appearances in John Waters films further cemented her status as an American icon. But an icon of what? Tune in and find out.
NB: CORRECTION: Mary Elizabeth Strunk notes that Patty Hearst's lawyer was in fact F. Lee Bailey NOT William Kunstler as Mark suggested in the interview.