Born in 1950, Patricia “Mizmoon” Soltysik was a founding member of the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA), a domestic terrorist group of the 1970s.
The daughter of a pharmacist and one of seven siblings, Soltysik was raised in a middle class, Roman Catholic family in Goleta, California. She attended the University of California-Berkeley on a state academic scholarship. While there, she entered the political scene and became a radical bisexual feminist. She dropped out of Berkeley in 1971 and developed an affiliation with the radical ex-convict group United Prisoners Union, where she met other founding members of the SLA.
Soltysik and SLA founder Donald DeFreeze, an escaped convict, became lovers sometime around the spring of 1973. (Soltysik had formerly been the lover of her neighbor Camilla Hall, who would eventually become a fellow SLA member.) Soltysik helped DeFreeze create the founding documents of the SLA. Patty Hearst, who in 1974 was kidnapped by the SLA and brought into its fold, later testified that Soltysik was one of the two people who had shot Oakland (California) Schools Superintendent Marcus Foster in November 1973.
Soltysik was killed in a shootout with police on May 17, 1974, along with five other founding members of the SLA, including DeFreeze.