Bernard Shaw, the husband of Patty Hearst, the 1970s kidnapping victim turned bank robber,died Wednesday at 68.
Shaw succumbed after a long battle with cancer, the family told People magazine.
A 15-year veteran of the San Francisco police department, Shaw eventually became the vice president of corporate security for the Hearst Corporation, People said.
“He was loved deeply by his family and adored by everyone who had the pleasure of meeting and knowing him,” a family representative said.
Shaw was married for 34 years to Hearst, who gained international fame in 1974 when she was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army. The next year, she was arrested for taking part in the SLA’s robbery of a California bank.
Her case became a celebrated example of Stockholm syndrome, in which hostages express sympathy for their captors.
One day after being released on $1.5 million bail, Hearst met Shaw at San Francisco’s Top of the Mark restaurant, and they continued to see each other during Hearst’s confinement in Pleasanton, Calif., People reported.
Hearst, who was sentenced to 35 years imprisonment, had her sentence commuted by President Jimmy Carter, and was later granted a full pardon by President Bill Clinton. After marrying Shaw in 1978, the couple had two daughters, Lydia Hearst and Gillian Hearst-Simonds.