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Patty Hearst was kidnapped in 1974 by the Symbionese Liberation Army. One of the founding members was Donald DeFreeze.

According to the Amazon Store description of Russell Targ's book "The Reality of ESP: A Physicist's Proof of Psychic Abilities":

On February 4, 1974, members of the Symbionese Liberation Army kidnapped nineteen-year-old newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst from her Berkeley, California apartment. Desperate to find her, the police called physicist Russell Targ and Pat Price, a psychic retired police commissioner. As Price turned the pages of the police mug book filled with hundreds of photos, suddenly he pointed to one of them and announced, “That’s the ringleader.” The man was Donald DeFreeze, who was indeed subsequently so identified. Price also described the type and location of the kidnap car, enabling the police to find it within minutes.

Sounds like nonsense to me.

Did this happen?

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  • While searching for related versions of the claim, I've also found a different account of the events, which doesn't mention DeFreeze but says that Price identified three possible suspects, at least one of whom ("William Wolfe") was a member of the SLA. Just in case you want to add this information to the question. – HDE 226868 Apr 6 '20 at 14:04
  • It should be noted that Pat Price's name comes up in connection with the (since discredited) PROJECT STARGATE, which was a DIA operation in the 60s-70s to try and make use of remote viewing w.r.t. espionage against the Soviet Union. Program was declassified in 1995 by the CIA after determining that "no actionable intelligence was ever ascertained" and the project was considered a complete failure. – DenisS Apr 6 '20 at 14:42
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    "Witnesses reported seeing a struggling Hearst being carried away blindfolded, and she was put in the trunk of a car. Neighbors who came out into the street were forced to take cover after the kidnappers fired their guns to cover their escape." So the type of the car was probably known to police before calling in psychics. The car was in police posession the next day so it's easy to assing it quick recovery to psychics powers and not police work. – SZCZERZO KŁY Apr 7 '20 at 8:10
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    @dan-klasson Do you have any evidence for that? Lots of psychics like to claim to have helped police, and I can believe that a few detectives might have tried it, but a claim that it is "quite common" needs support. – Paul Johnson Jan 11 at 8:04
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    @dan-klasson: the burden of the proof is on the person that makes a claim. Again, claiming that someone is not open-minded is trying to blame the interlocutor instead of finding more convincing arguments. Maybe if the arguments of the tenants of NDE were better, they would open the minds of the skeptics. For example, scientists had no problem opening their minds to quantum physics, general relativity, evolution theory,... – Taladris Jan 18 at 10:20

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