Todd McGovern

Patty Hearst and Tom Matthews

I Was Kidnapped by Patty Hearst: The Tom Matthews Story

On a Thursday afternoon in mid-May 1974, in the small city of Lynwood, California, 18-year-old high school senior Tom Matthews answered a knock on the door. Outside stood a short-haired brunette in her twenties, who inquired about the Ford Econoline van for sale. In a matter of minutes, “Emily” was behind the wheel, with Tom sitting shotgun in the front passenger seat. It was then that Tom Matthews’ life took a turn....

Todd McGovern

Todd McGovern is a writer, radio producer and strategic communications specialist. In addition to his writing for PKM, Todd was a contributing producer for The Leonard Lopate Show on WNYC. Additionally, Todd has extensive experience as a communications professional for organizations including the National Basketball Association and Teach For America. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.