While the spinoff won’t be courtesy on Netflix, Obsessed With: Abducted In Plain Sight will be a podcast hosted by the film’s creator, Skye Borgman, following on from the story told in 2017.
It will also be a sort-of spinoff the true crime comedy podcast True Crime Obsessed, which you may or may not already be a fan of.
The original documentary film synopsis reads:
“In 1974, 12-year-old Jan Broberg is abducted from a small church-going community in Idaho by a trusted neighbour and close family friend.”
But it went so much deeper than that. Broberg – who is now a successful actor – had parents who were seemingly fully aware of their neighbours crimes, and yet continued to turn a blind eye. It got to a point when her own father was giving Robert Berchtold sexual favours.
The podcast will essentially pick up where the documentary left off, with never-heard-before audio from the film and new interviews with the various people, including Broberg.
Broberg will address her father’s sexual encounter with her kidnapper, as well as her parents response to the public outrage aimed at them.
Previously speaking to Vulture about the documentary, creator Skye Borgman answered a few questions, such as why Jan’s parents were seemingly willing to ‘look the other way’ regarding Berchtold’s behaviour:
“I think it’s just absolute denial. I really do. The shame they feel [about] the affairs they had threw them into such denial. Between the time Jan was 16 and 21 — when they weren’t really talking about this stuff at all, when they hadn’t realised any of the abuse — I think they literally were able to convince themselves that if Jan’s not telling us about this, it didn’t happen.“
Why they continued to trust Berchtold, despite his crimes.
“The Brobergs didn’t really think of it as him kidnapping [Jan], even though he took her without their knowledge, this is where I think the depth of the brainwashing really comes in, Mary Ann loved him, or thought that she loved him, and just couldn’t see what had really happened. He came back and was still saying, “I love you, Mary Ann. I think you’re great. You’re beautiful.
“It didn’t really dawn on her that he could also be attracted to a 12-year-old little girl. And again, doctors had said nothing happened. So I think they thought he had just had a little mental breakdown. But again, it’s that denial. Even though I think somewhere deep inside they knew something was wrong, they just couldn’t see it”.
And the incident with Bob in the car…
“When we went for the interview with Bob, I wasn’t sure if I was going to ask him about it because nobody in the family had mentioned anything. I wanted to, but I didn’t know if I was crossing a line with him. So throughout the course of the interview — it was eight or ten hours long — I was asking him about their relationship and how much [Berchtold] meant to them as a friend. And then, he told us about the event in the car. It was the first time that he’d ever admitted anything publicly. We talked to Mary Ann the next day, and she said that he’d never gone into detail with her about what exactly had happened. And he talked to her that night about it.”
The podcast will launch on all major platforms come 2nd March. Be there.
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