Nothing makes you never want to leave your home again like a documentary that plays on your worst fears as a mom.
Netflix’s New Documentary is Every Mom’s Worst Nightmare.
The Netflix movie 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 daughter. Twice.
Yes, you read that right, twice.
In 1974, Robert Berchtold “B” told the family 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.
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?
How could a child ever allow a predator into their life over and over again and actually fall IN LOVE with that predator?
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
So, stay alert.
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.