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Why did the public turn against Patty Hearst?

I remember when Patty Hearst was kidnapped by the SAL on 2/3/74. One by one, they released tapes of her messages to her parents. At first, she were reassuring, then she gradually turned against them, calling them "Hearst Pigs". The public was at first supportive, then believed she had really joined the SLA, and some even thought she had faked her own kidnapping! That makes no sense to me; obviously she made all those tapes at gunpoint, and why would she fake her own kidnapping? If she wanted to join the SLA, she would have just done so. What do you guys think?

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    Yoleen Lucas (Say Yes To Life) 3 years ago

    Excellent point about not understanding the Stockholm Syndrome or PTSD! I think it''s also a reflection on society; places with low morals and high crime are more likely to blame the victim. She was kidnapped in Berkeley, near North Oakland.