Auburn attorney to appear on national TV

Show documents gruesome murder with Placer connection
By: Jenifer Gee Journal Staff Writer
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An Auburn defense attorney will appear on national television Thursday night. Mark Berg will appear on the Discovery Channel television show, “Wicked Attraction,” which airs tonight at 10. The one-hour show documents a gruesome murder with a Placer County connection. A little over 10 years ago, a Sacramento mother named Theresa Knorr was convicted of murdering two of her daughters. Her daughter Susan’s body was found burned in Placer County. This was after Knorr had attempted to perform rudimentary surgery on Susan to remove a bullet Knorr had shot into her daughter, Berg said. Knorr’s other daughter, Shelia, was found near the border between Placer and Nevada counties. Shelia was “essentially hog-tied,” put in a closest and starved to death before her body was dumped, Berg said. “This was a horrific case,” Berg said in a prior Journal report. “It was the ultimate abuse — unimaginable.” In 1994, Berg defended one of Theresa Knorr’s sons, Robert Knorr, who was either 15 or 16 years old at the time, Berg said. He was interviewed on camera regarding his involvement in the case Berg said he “basically stood alone” in the fight to move the case to Sacramento County. He said the fact that one body was confirmed to be found in Placer County was the only connection for the area. The case was ultimately transferred to Sacramento County and the murder charge against Robert Knorr was eventually dismissed. Tonight, those interested in the sensational case can watch how the story unfolds. The show airs on channel 285 on DirecTV on the Investigation Discovery Channel. The episode is titled, “A mother’s love.” The Journal’s Jenifer Gee can be reached at