‘Anatomy of a Kidnapping’ - Johnson City Press


A quiet Sunday morning in March 2005 turned abruptly terrifying for Dr. Steven Berk, who, writing in his study, suddenly found himself staring down the barrel of a shotgun, a desperate and irritated criminal nervously gripping the weapon and demanding cooperation.

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“Most people in that setting wind up doing what they have to do, so they bring all of their resources to their disposal,” Berk said in a recent phone interview from Texas, where he is dean of the School of Medicine and vice president for medical affairs for the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. “It’s certainly easier for a physician.”

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