40 years ago I quit a coat-‘n-tie job and hit the road. I arrived in Los Angeles the very day of the infamous “SLA shootout.”
Six Symbionese Liberation Army members, the ‘urban guerrillas’ (media term, not mine) who had kidnapped Patty Hearst, died in a massive gun battle with the LAPD.
[Four of the six burned to death in a fire that was allowed to take its course; two policemen received minor scratches.]
‘Counter-culture’ me snatched the address from the newspaper and rushed down to see what I could see.
On the left are my friends John & Beth surveying the aftermath. Notice what is scrawled on the wall behind them.
Just recently I discovered some live video of the shootout.