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Days and Nights of Love and War

Daniel Burton-Rose

in Guerrilla USA

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780520264281
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520946033 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520264281.003.0013
Days and Nights of Love and War

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On May 17, 1974, the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) was incinerated in Compton, Los Angeles, California. Four hundred and ten officers of the law poured over 5,000 rounds of ammunition and 83 tear gas canisters into the East LA bungalow in which the would-be urban guerrillas were holed up. The band of Berkeley radicals, led by the escaped convict Donald DeFreeze, had grabbed international media attention on February 4 when they kidnapped Patricia Hearst, daughter of press magnate Randolph A. Hearst. The kidnapping dovetailed with Rita Brown's budding affinity for class warfare and she cheered the conversion of the granddaughter of “Citizen Kane” into “Tania,” a bank robber for the revolution renamed for Che Guevara's companion Tania Burke, who followed him to the death on his ill-fated Bolivian campaign. This chapter explains how the massacre of the SLA in Compton indirectly prompted Brown and Therese Coupez to take a vacation.

Keywords: Rita Brown; Therese Coupez; Symbionese Liberation Army; massacre; Compton; radicals; Donald DeFreeze; Patricia Hearst; Randolph A. Hearst; California

Chapter.  3831 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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