Even if you haven’t watched Abducted in Plain Sight on Netflix, unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve likely heard about it. Or, perhaps you have seen one of the many memes circulating in response to the true crime documentary.
Abducted in Plain Sight has left viewers scratching their heads while trying to make some sense out of what they have watched. The documentary centers itself around the Broberg family. They fall victim to the manipulative charms of a neighbor, who abducts their adolescent daughter, Jan; not once, but twice.
There has been plenty of outrage directed toward Jan Broberg’s parents. But, despite viewers bewilderment by their actions and behavior, Broberg continues to defended them.
Most recently, she is wanting to set the record straight in regard to one specific detail, stating that it was actually incorrect.
One of the most talked about scenes of the documentary was when Broberg’s parents allow Robert 'B' Berchtold, to sleep with her when she was a child. Brobert told Entertainment Tonight, "That is one part of the documentary that I want to be changed because he did not sleep inside of my bed. He laid on the top of my bed just like Mom, Dad, or anybody else when I'm nine, 10, or 11, reading a story, tickling backs, you fall asleep. "
She continues, "I was asleep, he had told my parents, 'I have these tapes I was given by this psychiatrist. I'm supposed to lay by a child who was the same age as I was when I was abused as a kid. And then I lay by the child and I listen to these tapes, and it's supposed to help me overcome the trauma that I went through in my childhood.'”
It's no surprise that both of Broberg’s parents have been under great deal of scrutiny. However, Broberg wants to make it clear that while she was being groomed by Berchtold, so were her parents.
Manipulation and grooming are not understood by so many. It happened to my whole family, this man was a master and my parents saved my life. They're the bravest people I know, willing to try to help the rest of you see what they didn't. That is the only reason we told our story.— Jan Broberg (@janbroberg) February 4, 2019
She stresses the fact that grooming can often be manipulative and subtle. In many instances, the people being victimized become blind to what is happening around them. “The person we trust and love, we're not going to see the little, subtle warning signs because we don't want to, first of all. So, that's really the crux of that story." Broberg says.
The goal behind making the documentary for Broberg was to help others who have suffered abuse and bring attention to the warning signs of a predator. Although hard to watch, we can't discount the importance of these stories being told and, more importantly, that people are listening.