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Jan Broberg Continues to Explore Her Trauma in Trailer for Peacock Companion Doc A Friend of the Family: True Evil

The two-time kidnapping survivor first shared her story in Abducted in Plain Sight.
  • Jan Broberg is set to share her story again in A Friend of the Family: True Evil

    The Peacock documentary, which serves as a companion piece to drama series A Friend of the Family, sees Broberg delve deeper into the unbelievably true story of her two-time kidnapping. Broberg, who was kidnapped and sexually abused by family friend Robert Berchtold nearly 50 years ago, will revisit scenes of the crime including "the bedroom where her abuse began and where police finally rescued her in Mexico". 

    This isn't the first time Broberg has explored her trauma publicly; she first chronicled her childhood abuse and kidnapping in 2003 memoir Stolen Innocence: The Jan Broberg Story, which she co-wrote with her mother, and in 2017, documentary Abducted in Plain Sight brought her story to millions of Netflix subscribers.

    Rather than just rehashing previously available information, A Friend of the Family: True Evil will reportedly dive "into how a family comes to terms with the generational trauma that can affect survivors and their loved ones years after the abuse took place" - and introduce a new victim of Berchtold's.

    "Many harmed by child sexual assault and long-term abuse are still striving to heal and thrive years later," said Broberg. "I am grateful to Peacock for the opportunity to continue telling my story. It is my hope that with greater awareness and understanding of childhood sexual abuse and grooming, total prevention can truly become a reality."

    A Friend of the Family: True Evil premieres on Peacock November 15. 

    Jade Budowski is a freelance writer with a knack for ruining punchlines and harboring dad-aged celebrity crushes. She was previously a reporter/producer at Decider and is a member of the Television Critics Association. Follow her on Twitter: @jadebudowski.

    TOPICS: Jan Broberg, Peacock, A Friend of the Family