When Jan Broberg was just 12 years old, she was abducted and repeatedly raped by the 40-year-old best friend of her family, who convinced her aliens wanted her to have a child with him.
Her parents were so brainwashed by Robert “B” Berchtold, who had been molesting their child for months, they did not believe he had kidnapped her, and didn’t report her missing for days.
Even after he asked for their permission to marry their daughter and was tracked down to Mexico, they signed affidavits to prevent the pursuit of a prosecution against him. The case went ahead anyway, and Berchtold was sentenced to five years. Later, his sentence was reduced and he spent just 45 days in prison.
And the story gets even more extraordinary. After his release, Jan’s attacker abducted her again from her bedroom, staging it to look like she’d run away and insisting in phone calls to her parents that he had spoken to her but not seen her.
“I was a very tiny little girl, I think sometimes people don’t get that,” Jan, now 56, tells News.com.au. “I didn’t start into puberty until I was 17. I was 95 pounds, 5 feet tall when I graduated from high school and I didn’t start my period until the summer afterward. So I think I didn’t fully recognize all these parts and people until I was in my 20s.
“I went through a period of time when I was angry, just in general about a lot of different things, but I never felt like I was blaming any party except him, because he was a master manipulator of all of them, of everybody, he orchestrated it so perfectly.”
Jan’s parents and their community in Idaho in the early 1970s were completely under the pedophile’s spell.
Berchtold lured both Bob and Mary Ann Broberg — members of the Church of the Latter Day Saints — into separate sexual encounters, playing on their vulnerability and guilt to achieve his sick aims.
He was obsessed with Jan. “He did give special attention to Jan that annoyed both Bob and I,” says Mary Ann in the powerful Netflix documentary now lighting up the internet, “Abducted in Plain Sight.”
“His fascination with Jan was a little disturbing.”
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