Tuesday, January 24th at 7:00 p.m.
Brad Schreiber, author of the page-turning history of the L.A. Coroner, Death in Paradise, delivers another meticulously researched non-fiction exposé, this time on the police and CIA’s role in the kidnapping of Patty Hearst. In Revolution’s End: The Patty Hearst Kidnapping, Mind Control, and the Secret History of Donald DeFreeze and the SLA Schreiber unearths new revelations about the events that culminated in a shootout that killed six people and foreshadowed the present militarization of our police forces nationwide. Bone up on the police state with Schreiber at this post-Inaugural reading, q&a and signing!
Revolution’s End details how after 40 years the Patty Hearst kidnapping was actually an intelligence operation gone wrong. It delves further into Hearst’s relationship with Donald DeFreeze, known as Cinque, head of the Symbionese Liberation Army. Not only did the heiress have a sexual relationship with DeFreeze while he was imprisoned; she didn’t know he was an informant and a victim of prison behavior modification. Neither Hearst nor the white radicals who followed DeFreeze realized that he was molded by a CIA officer and allowed to escape, thanks to collusion with the California Department of Corrections. DeFreeze’s secret mission: infiltrate and discredit Bay Area anti-war radicals and the Black Panther Party, the nexus of seventies activism. When the murder of the first black Oakland schools superintendent failed to create an insurrection, DeFreeze was alienated from his controllers and decided to become a revolutionary, since his life was in jeopardy. Elucidating the complex relationship of Hearst and DeFreeze , the book proves that one of the largest shootouts in US history, which killed six members of the SLA in South Central Los Angeles, ended when the LAPD set fire to the house and incinerated those six radicals on live television, nationwide, as a warning to American leftists.
“A supplement and a rebuke to Jeffrey Toobin’s more mainstream American Heiress.” –Bob Calhoun, San Francisco Weekly
“…Careens to its bloody ending with all of the inevitability of a train wreck. Schreiber… ignites the past in chilling detail and at the same time shines a light on who we are today.” —T. Jefferson Parker, three-time winner of the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Award
Brad Schreiber has written for all media and was Vice President of Storytech Literary Consulting, founded by Christopher Vogler. He created the series North Mission Road, which ran for six seasons on truTV, based on his book about the L.A. Coroner, Death in Paradise. His humor-writing how-to What Are You Laughing At?, is being republished this year. Brad’s compendium of live theatrical disasters, Stop the Show! was praised by Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Olen Butler and his early-years biography Becoming Jimi Hendrix was chosen for inclusion in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library. His journalism has been honored by the National Press Foundation and his playwriting by the Edward Albee Foundation.