The leader of the Symbionese Liberation Army guerilla group who organized the kidnapping of heiress Patty Hearst.
His group initially demanded Patty's father donate $70 in food to every resident between Los Angeles and Santa Rosa, but two months later Patty announced she was willingly joining the group.
In May 1974, three months after the kidnapping, police raided the SLA headquarters, killing him and five of his compatriots, though not finding Patty Hearst.
He began his criminal rap sheet at 14 years of age, when he ran away from home and joined a gang.
Horror writer Stephen King cited DeFreeze as the inspiration for his antagonist character, Randall Flagg.