Content Warning – This post discusses sexual assault and may be triggering to some readers.
It’s the true crime story that everybody can’t stop talking about.
In the early 1970s, Jan Broberg was kidnapped by her own next door neighbour. Twice.
The man who abducted her was no stranger, however. In fact, Jan’s abductor Robert Berchtold was a close friend of Jan’s parents.
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Over the course of a decade, Robert Berchtold manipulated Bob and Mary Ann Broberg, using intimidation and sexual blackmail to kidnap their 12-year-old daughter twice in a two-year period.
Their trust in Robert was incredibly strong. For days after Robert took off to Mexico with Jan in tow, Bob and Mary Ann did not report their daughter missing.
While she was gone, Jan was repeatedly drugged, brainwashed and sexually assaulted by her abductor. It’s also believed Robert “married” the child.
But although Jan was missing for five weeks, Bob and Mary Ann did not pursue legal action against Robert.
Just years later, Robert kidnapped Jan again.
Earlier this year, Netflix documentary Abducted in Plain Sight brought the disturbing true crime story and its infuriating details back into the spotlight once again.
Since the documentary was released earlier this year, many viewers have questioned what happened to Robert Berchtold in the years following the two kidnappings.