Patty Hearst and the SLA bank robbery, 1974
In 1974, Patty Hearst, an American newspaper heiress and socialite, was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA). Patty eventually began to relate to her captors and started to take part in their criminal endeavors under the name Tania. This photography shows her holding an M1 Carbine while robbing a Hibernia bank in San Francisco for which she was arrested in 1975. She was convicted in 1976, but President Carter commuted her term and she was eventually released in 1979. She was later granted a full pardon when President Clinton left office on the grounds that she had been brainwashed to perform these tasks. x
In 1917, Leadbelly was sent to prison for 30+ years for killing a man during an argument, presumably over a woman. In 1925, Leadbelly earned himself a pardon by singing a plea for freedom to prison governor Pat Neff. Five years later, Leadbelly ended up in Louisiana’s notorious Angola Prison Farm, after a conviction for attempted murder. In 1933, folk historians Alan and John Lomax found Leadbelly in Angola Prison, while on their first field trip to document and record Southern folklore and music. Through the influence of the Lomaxes, Leadbelly was freed again! (Source: The Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues by Keith Shadwick)
Top Photo: Leadbelly (Huddie Ledbetter) with a twelve string acoustic guitar.
Bottom Photo: Huddie Ledbetter’s mugshots. Note the placard reads “NYC Police” and is dated 3/5/39, (after his two pardons). These particular mugshots are from an arrest for assault when Leadbelly stabbed a man during a fight in Manhattan.