Patty Hearst Drama in the Works at CBS

Patty Hearst CBS Drama
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CBS is developing a drama based on the story of Patty Hearst.

The limited series is set to be written by Jonathan Tolins. It will be exec produced by Jonathan Koch, Steve Michaels, Rocky Lang and Joan Harrison. Tolins will also serve as an exec producer.

The granddaughter of publisher William Randolph Hearst, Patty Hearst was kidnapped from her apartment in Berkeley in 1974 by the Symbionese Liberation Army, a terrorist organization. The FBI and police search for Patty Hearst lasted 19 months. Hearst was converted into an SLA sympathizer. By the time she was found, she was wanted for aiding the organization in criminal activity.

Tolins is the writer of the play “Buyer & Cellar.” He wrote the adaptation for Fox’s “Grease Live” with Robert Cary.

The limited series is being produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Asylum Entertainment.

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  1. Mischelle says:

    Hello! I am almost finished reading “Patty Hearst Her Own Story” by Patricia Campbell Hearst with Alvin Moscow and this new CBS sounds great – I can’t wait to see it!

  2. Wes Davis says:

    I am currently finishing a book on the Patty Hearst kidnapping in which I was a personal advisor to Catheryn and Randolph Hearst after they discovered I had publicly predicted their daughter Patricia Campbell Hearst would likely defect to her Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) Maoist captors rather then accept release. This prediction occurred during a lecture I gave to a Christian sponsored UC Berkeley lecture I give about my 18 months in Vietnam (Apr. 66 – Oct. 68) as a young freelance combat photographer the evening of March 21, 1973. (I have documentation confirming this prediction and several more I made in the Berkeley Daily Gazette and the San Francisco Examiner.) And although my predictions and close – but little known – association with Hearsts is repeatedly referenced in key books like Patty’s fiancee Steven Weed, (My Search for Patty Hearst,) John Lester’s, “The Girl in the Box” and even the very badly written recent book by Brad Schreiber, “Revolution’s End,” (released August 20, 2017 – see p. 183), none of these books was written by a scholar expert in the field of Maoist “re-education,” “thought reform,” or “brainwashing.” Thus, the recent release of Jefery Toobin’s book “American Heiress,” is almost as ridiculous explaining why Patty Hearst defected to her kidnappers cause as is Brad Schreiber’s book that says it was all a CIA plot.

    I am not only an expert in the field of political warfare and military behaviour modification but back in the 60’s-80’s lectured to Universities, colleges and the Law Enforcement Assistance Administrations Anti-terrorist academies scattered through out the United States. I only learned recently after reading Jeffery Toobin’s – “American Heiress” – why I was not called to testify on behalf of Ms Hearsts in her trial., and also why twice dis-barred attorney F. Lee Bailey also did not call Patty’s fiancee Steven Weed to testify about the viscious beating-kidnapping he and Patty went through. I also believe was driven by grows NS causE kidnap victim Patricia Hearst to be convicted – if I recall correctly – of bank robbery and the illegal use of a firearm.

    Steven Weed and I were kept from testifying in Patricia Hearst defence and we could not understand why. Now after reading Toogin’s book after all these years I feel at last know why. Steven Weed and I were both writing books about the Hearst kidnapping and F. Lee Bailey didn’t want any competition to his book and his relationship to Patty thus giving him an exclusive story of the SLA kidnapping. According to Toobin, Bailey unethically pressured Patty Hearst into a highly unethical agreement to give him exclusive rights to her story and made her agree also she would not write her book about her fascinating kidnapping for over a year and ahalf after his book was published !

    Sorry to be so long here but the real story of how and why Patricia Campbell Hearst defected to her kidnappers terrorist war on America has never been told – not by Toobin, Shereiber or any of the other near dozen authors book written in the main by newspeople who have no expertise in this very deadly new form of warfare. (I link Patrica Hearst ‘s kidnappiing/defection to the recent suicide bombers and ISIS my documentary shows were put through a new and deadly form of brainwashing.

    I am writing you to offer my help son your Patty Hearst documentary so that you do not spend hundreds or even maybe millions of dollars turning out a film that my book – I can assure you –
    will make your account of the Patty Hearst kidnapping seem ridiculous.

    It is very difficult to discuss tis subject via an e-mail but if you think it would be worth your while I can be reached directly by phone in New Zealand.

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