Source: Rolling Stone
True crime documentary, “Abducted in Plain Sight,” which recently became available on Netflix, initially seems to be a nightmarish but otherwise unremarkable suburban kidnapping story.
Set in the 1970s, Robert and Mary Ann Broberg and their three young daughters, Jan, Karen, and Susan, are a nice Mormon family from Pocatello, Idaho, who quickly become close pals with their new neighbor, Robert Berchtold and his wife and kids.
So close that the Broberg girls come to view Berchtold, known as “B,” like a second father, especially middle daughter Jan.
Somewhat predictably, the documentary soon reveals that in 1974, two years after befriending the Brobergs, Berchtold picked up 12-year-old Jan from school and disappeared with her for five weeks.
Not so predictable is the eventual revelation that, in 1976, Berchtold abducted Jan for a second time.
This stranger-than-fiction true story only gets more outrageous, dumbfounding, and utterly unpredictable from there.
Watch “Abducted in Plain Sight” on Netflix.
Read the story at Rolling Stone.
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