Abducted in Plain Sight filmmaker Skye Borgman understands why audiences might want to scream at their televisions while streaming her true-crime documentary. The minute film, originally released in , has captivated an entirely new audience since premiering on Netflix this month. It chronicles the peculiar kidnapping case of Jan Broberg, an Idaho teenager who was abducted by her decades-older neighbor Robert Berchtold in the s. One jaw-dropping twist in Abducted in Plain Sight occurs during the first kidnapping, when Jan says that Berchtold used a cassette player to trick her—just 12 years old at the time—into believing that she had been kidnapped by aliens and that she could save her family only if she accepted a secret mission to procreate with Berchtold.
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Some news stories are hard for us to believe; others we would rather not believe. When news appeared about the escape of Amanda Berry from an unassuming house in Cleveland in , after 10 years of imprisonment, many of us had both of these reactions simultaneously: How could this happen for so long with no one noticing? It is, indeed, difficult to fathom not only how episodes of kidnapping and abuse could go unobserved for such a long time but also how a publicly friendly neighbor could be so privately inhumane. Over the years, there have been other instances where young women have been kidnapped and their lives altered by forces beyond their control — sometimes by a disturbed individual, sometimes by a misguided organization, and sometimes by even a family member.
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This data story looks into the profile of victims assisted by CTDC partners and who entered into their situation of exploitation through wrongful removal or retention, i. Click here to download the data. This profile summarises the victims' most common characteristics, based on the graphs below. The typical victim is a single female, between 15 and 30 years old.
Monique has always known she was abducted as a child, but specific details about what happened, and why, have been elusive. This episode contains accounts of childhood trauma and attempted suicide. Below are some resources, if needed:. We want to hear from you! Don't hesitate to reach out with reactions to episodes, ideas for future stories, feedback about the show, or just to say hi.