The heiress Patricia Hearst was kidnapped from her Berkeley apartment in February 1974; two months later, she robbed a bank with her captors. After she was taken into custody by federal agents, Stanford psychiatry professor Donald Lunde, ’58, MA ’64, MD ’66, was one of three court-appointed mental health experts who deemed her fit to stand trial (a fourth said she would be unable to meaningfully participate in her defense). In his 2007 book, Hearst to Hughes: Memoir of a Forensic Psychiatrist, Lunde described meeting Hearst for the first time in the San Mateo County Jail (Hearst knew of Lunde: One friend had worked for him as a researcher; another had taken Lunde’s popular Human Sexuality course at Stanford). Lunde, who died in 2007, examined many high-profile defendants over the years, including serial killers Herbert Mullin and Edmund Kemper, and Dan White, who killed San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and supervisor Harvey Milk. Until 1981, he held a joint appointment at the School of Medicine and at the Law School; at the latter, he co-taught a course called Clinical Seminar in the Trial of the Mentally Disordered Criminal Defendant.
Rebecca Beyer is a Boston-area journalist. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vintage 1973 Collection
Stanford is 50! It turns out we’re not the only one. Walk with us down memory lane as we sample some of the wonders and horrors of the 1973–74 academic year on the Farm, and in the world around.