The CNN documentary on the Patty Hearst case angers me, not because of anything involving Hearst directly, but because the scumbag William Harris is given a platform to claim victimhood and explain away his criminal, murderous acts. My immediate reaction was, "How is this guy out of prison?"
Harris, the leader of the Symbionese Liberation Army, claims six of his comrades were murdered by the LAPD in 1974, a claim repeated later in the episode by SLA sympathizer Micki Scott, who was never prosecuted for harboring fugitives. Let's see, you have a group of bank robbers who call themselves an "army" holed up in a house, shooting at officers and news crews with automatic weapons, and how dare the LAPD shoot back?
Then Myrna Lee Opsahl was murdered when the remnants of the SLA robbed another bank, and Harris explains it away as an "accident." Never mind that this "accident" occurred during a bank robbery that he planned. Opsahl, a 42-year-old mother of four, was in the bank to deposit receipts for her church group. A threatening lady indeed. Harris eventually (30 years later) served four years in prison for this murder. His former wife Emily, who pulled the trigger to kill Opsahl, served five years. For the past decade these criminals have been free; meanwhile Opsahl's family has been without her for nearly 45 years.
I guess if you want to commit a murder, announce that you are a revolutionary and do in Governor Moonbeam's California. In a so-called red state, Harris would have been executed or sentenced to life in prison without parole for his violent crimes. It's actually hard to find a complete list of his crimes since web searches get sidetracked by the Hearst story, but from what I can tell Harris served about 11 years in prison total for kidnapping (Hearst), at least two bank robberies, involvement in two murders, and a whole bunch of weapons violations. Drug addicts have served longer sentences for possessing a couple of pills. Shame on California for letting this guy out of of jail, and shame on CNN for giving publicity to him and his apologists.