- Jan Broberg says she was manipulated, sexually abused, and twice abducted by a close family friend and neighbour in the 1970s.
- Her story is the subject of a popular documentary now streaming on Netflix, “Abducted In Plain Sight.”
- She is now an actress and has appeared in several TV series, movies, and plays.
“Abducted in Plain Sight” is the latest trending documentary that has left many in disbelief. The hour and a half documentary, which came out in 2017 but gained attention after being picked up by Netflix, tells the story of Jan Broberg, a girl whose family says she was abducted twice, manipulated, and sexually abused by a trusted neighbour and family friend.
The documentary relies heavily on interviews from members of the Broberg family, including Jan Broberg (now Jan Broberg Felt) herself. Throughout the documentary, Broberg says that a neighbour and family friend, Robert “B” Berchtold, manipulated her and her family and abducted her twice in the 1970s (once when she was 12 and again at 14).
Berchtold convinced Broberg that if she did not have a child with him, members of Broberg’s family would be harmed or taken by aliens to fill her place, according to the documentary. For years, Broberg said Berchtold “brainwashed” her, using this alien fantasy to manipulate her. In an effort to protect her family, Broberg says she left home, distanced herself from her family, defended Berchtold to her parents and the authorities, and kept silent about what was really happening.
As per her interviews in the documentary, it wasn’t until she turned 16, and none of Berchtold’s alien-related threats came true that she realised it was all a lie.
Here’s what Jan Broberg has been up to in the years following her abductions.
Broberg has done public speaking and acting
Over the past decades, Broberg has pursued an acting career. She got her first acting gig in 1992 when she played Heidi Swapp in the TV movie, “In The Line of Duty: Siege at Marion.” She continued acting in TV movies through much of the ’90s and appeared in a TV series, “The Interview” in 1997. Her career really picked up when she landed a role in the WB series, “Everwood” in 2002.
As per the documentary, as Broberg told her parents more about what happened between her and Berchtold, her mother Mary Ann, started writing a book about the family’s experiences. In 2003, Mary Ann published “Stolen Innocence: The Jan Broberg Story.”
“‘The Jan Broberg Story’ details not only the frightening acts of a dangerous pedophile, but also shows warning signals and teaches many of the tough lessons that parents, neighbours, and society must learn in order to better protect our children,” the book’s description reads as per Amazon.
The mother and daughter pair also embarked on a public speaking and book tour in order to share their message.
Broberg’s foray into the spotlight didn’t keep Berchtold away
During her book and speaking tour, Berchtold made an attempt to enter the event Broberg was speaking at, 30 years after her second kidnapping. Broberg filed for a restraining order but Berchtold fought it. After having to enter a courtroom and once again face Berchtold, Broberg was granted a lifetime restraining order against him in 2004. Berchtold died in 2005.
Besides her work in TV and film, Broberg also devoted a lot of her talents to the performing arts and acted in several plays while juggling her on-screen career
Broberg has continued to avidly pursue her acting career and has appeared in several TV series and movies including notable films like “Maniac,” “Haunt,” and “Iron Man 3.”
She was named the executive director of the Kayenta Arts Foundation in May 2017. In 2018 she participated in the center’s production of “Driving Miss Daisy” as the titular character. Most recently she appeared in Tru TV’s series “I’m Sorry.”
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