The Netflix documentary that had people’s jaws dropping to the floor, Abducted In Plain Sight, has got a podcast spin-off that is soon set to be launch.
Next month, true-crime podcast Obsessed With: Abducted In Plain Sight will be dropping, which will allow fans of the documentary to delve deeper into the shocking true story of Jan Broberg, who was groomed and kidnapped twice by her neighbour Robert Berchtold.
The highly-anticipated podcast will feature never-before-seen audio and a host of entirely new interviews with Jan, as well as Berchtold’s audio journals that were uncovered by the FBI.
According to Deadline, the podcast will be hosted by the documentary’s director, Skye Borgman, and will be the first in a series of podcasts from the Obsessed Network by Patrick Hinds.
In the original documentary, the viewers are told about Berchtold who grooms the entire Broberg family with his charismatic ways. It is even revealed that he had sexual relations with both Broberg’s mother and father, in a bid to get closer and kidnap their 12-year-old daughter in 1974. The parents even admit they let the neighbour sleep in her bed, as he claimed it was “therapy” as he was abused himself as a child.
In October 1974, Berchtold tricked and drugged Jan. The two ran away to Mexico where he brainwashed her into believing that she was an alien. He convinced her that in order to save the planet, she had to conceive a child with him before reaching her 16th birthday.
Five weeks later Jan returned home and told her family that nothing had happened, and somehow, no charges were pressed against Berchtold.
Maddeningly, Jan was kidnapped again by Berchtold two years later and he began posing as her father to keep up a disguise. He even managed to enrol her into an all-girls Catholic school in California.
Eventually, the girl was found and returned home. Berchtold had already been told he would be put on trial. He was given a lifetime restraining order against the entire family.
Now an actress, Jan has told the story with the book ‘Stolen Innocence: The Jan Broberg Story’, which was published in 2003.
After the documentary was released on streaming platform Netflix, Jan’s parents came under a great deal of criticism but the actress has defended them.
In an interview on The View, she explained: “He was the kind of guy that was just helpful.
“Everybody loved him. He literally had that kind of charisma. He became a second father to me and that’s how it became over those two and half years, while that grooming and manipulation took place.”
In a discussion about the four-episode podcast, Skye Borgman stated: “After audiences around the globe were captivated by the original documentary, they still had many questions.
“There are so many untold stories I wanted to share.”
The podcast series is set to launch on all major podcast platforms March 2.
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