Abducted in Plain Sight is Netflix’s New Nightmare Documentary

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Nothing makes you never want to leave your home again like Abducted in Plain Sight, a documentary that plays on your worst fears as a mom.

Netflix’s New Documentary, Abducted In Plain Sight, is Every Mom’s Worst Nightmare.

The Netflix true story Abducted in Plain Sight is a new true crime documentary, about a family that falls prey to the manipulative charms of a neighbor, who abducts their adolescent 12 year old daughter. Twice.

Netflixs New Nightmare Documentary

Yes, you read that right, twice.

The story of the Brobergs, Jan’s parents Bob and Mary Ann from Pocatello Idaho, members of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints will blow your mind. Family members turned a blind eye to sexual abuse, and nobody can figure out why. It was directed by Skye Borgman, who is not a member of jesus christ of latter day saints.

In 1974, Robert Berchtold “B” told the Jan’s father Bob Broberg and her mother, Mary Ann Broberg he was taking Jan Broberg horseback riding. but, in fact, held the 12-year-old hostage in his motor home, driving down to Mexico. The Broberg family didn’t call the cops for several days out of fears they would upset Berchtold’s wife.


The bizarre story only begins from there.

Netflixs New Nightmare Documentary

Watching this documentary you begin to wonder how a parent could be so naive.

How could a parent allow a MONSTER to be around their children and become so close to them, that they actually think his actions are genuine and anything but disgusting and unusual?

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How could a child ever allow a predator into their life over and over again and actually fall IN LOVE with that predator?


Just how?

But, here’s the thing…

This is more than just wondering how it happened.

It’s easy to sit here and judge those poor parents for allowing this to happen. And really, you’d have to watch the documentary yourself to truly understand what they went through.

However, this is more about understanding that it DOES happen.

That something like this can happen to ANYONE.

I like to think that at some point all people are trusting.

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As human beings we want to put our trust into other people because we love the security and support we feel from doing that.

This is just an example of people that were trusting to the wrong person. People who were manipulated into thinking this person had nothing but the best interests for their family.

Jan said it best in the documentary:

“It’s one thing to make a mistake as kind of as two innocent people. It’s another thing to make a mistake when somebody’s orchestrating you and playing your emotions and feelings.”

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As a parent we have a duty to protect our children. To protect them at all costs from falling victim to a predator.

As a mom it’s my worst nightmare to one day think that my daughter could see a predator as someone she loves and trusts. For her to think that his or her actions are normal.

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It’s terrifying and it’s my worst fear.

It makes me never want to allow my kids out into the world again.

The best thing we can do for our children is stay involved in their life.

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To tell them that these sort of people exist in the world and that person could be someone close to them that they know. It’s not always a stranger.

To be involved enough that we know what is going on with them at any given time.

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We have to be our child’s safety net and not allow someone else, a predator, become that safety net.

We have to be judging enough of people to know that if someone or something seems off, it probably is.

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We all want to believe that there are good people in the world (and there are) but sometimes we want to believe that so bad, we are naive to believe that of the very worst people.

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So, stay alert.

Stay involved.

Educate your kids and be educated in this sort of thing.

If you haven’t watched Abducted in Plain Sight it’s worth watching.

Remember to hug and hold your babies tonight.

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  1. I have watched it and those parents should be also out in jail for neglect and child endangerment. Naive my butt!! They got their rocks off! Really you think it’s ok to let a neighbor use your daughter for his therapy!!?? and let him sleep with her 4+ nights a week for 6 months and then wait 5 days to call authorities when he kidnaps her. Yea right! ?

  2. I’ve seen this documentary as well. It terrifies me how easy or hoe vulnerable our kids are outside. We should never let our guard down and look for red flags, I know it will make us look paranoid but better safe than sorry.

    1. I’ve seen this documentary as well. It terrifies me how easy or how vulnerable our kids are outside. We should never let our guard down and look for red flags, I know it will make us look paranoid but better safe than sorry.

  3. I haven’t watched the show yet, but I would like to respectfully point out that your warning, is a bit naive; “We have to be our child’s safety net and not allow someone else, a predator, become that safety net.”. Reasearch what and who child predators are. They do not just pose as a “safety net” to children. They manipulate entire communities, organizations, friends and family. The most informed child and well educated adult can be manipulated into believing child predators are heroes, pillars of the community. They convince some so much that when they are caught, they are in disbelief and gi so far as to Shame the victim first. This before they get angry for being fooled and embarrassed for not knowing or questioning certain behaviors or traits of the oredator.

    PLEASE do not be naive and trust that just because you talk to your kids and/or are close to your kids, that it makes your kid(s) or yourself, exempt from becoming a victim.

    1. This family let this happen. When you let an adult sleep next to your 12 yr old daughter you have problems!

      1. I am sorry to disagree I don’t think they let it happen. I feel that they fell into his “trap”. He manipulated and set them up to believe he was something he wasn’t. He made each of them feel special and wanted in ways to make them see him as this amazing man with these great qualities for them to love. He groomed them and manipulated them. I feel bad for this family that they are victimized by this awful man!

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