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Film / Abducted in Plain Sight

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''Abducted in Plain Sight" is a 2017 documentary film directed by Skye Borgman. It tells the story of Jan Broberg, who was abducted, brainwashed and repeatedly sexually assaulted by a family friend named Robert Berchtold when she was a child in Idaho in the 1970s. Broberg's parents, who trusted her attacker and allowed him access to their daughter, fully cooperated with the documentary and are interviewed. The film premiered on the festival circuit but became popular when it was released on Netflix in 2019.

Tropes found in Abducted in Plain Sight:

  • Alien Abduction: Robert Berchtold spins a tale to Jan that she is a human/alien hybrid destined to have his child to save humanity.
  • Blatant Lies: Berchtold tells a number of obvious lies that the Brobergs believe far too often. He basically got away with it because they thought it was far more implausible that someone as seemingly nice as their friend "B" would do something terrible.
  • The Chosen One: Berchtold tells Jan that she is this and she has a special destiny. She believes him.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Berchtold seduces both Mary Ann and Bob Broberg in order to gain access to their daughter.
  • Parents as People: The Broberg parents are both emotionally vulnerable and easily manipulated by Berchtold.
  • True Crime: Exposes and uncovers crimes that happened decades ago.
  • The Sociopath: Berchtold is a manipulative sexual predator who seems to have cast a spell on the entire Broberg family to get to Jan.
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  • Stalker Shrine: The FBI discovers one of these Berchtold has made of Jan.
  • Wham Line: When Jan's father reveals that he also had an affair with Berchtold.

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