Postscripts: Photo Finish

An ex-hostage's secret film

As a travel agent who conducts group tours of the Holy Land, Peter Hill has been in and out of the Middle East 105 times in the past two decades. On almost every one of those occasions, he has toted his camera in a carry-on bag. But as he was preparing for the long flight home from Athens last June 14, he found his hand luggage a bit overstuffed and decided instead to stash his 35-mm Canon AE-1 camera in the suitcase he would check through at the airport.

It was the only bit of luck Hill would know for the...

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