Who Is Jan Broberg? New Details About The Woman At The Center Of The 'Abducted In Plain Sight' Documentary On Netflix

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Who Is Jan Broberg? New Details About The Woman In The Center Of The 'Abducted In Plain Sight' Documentary On Netflix

The Netflix documentary Abducted in Plain Sight has everyone talking. It tells the story of Jan Broberg's abduction by her family's friend Robert Berchtold. He groomed and seduced her family to get close to young Jan, whom he was obsessed with. Berchtold brainwashed Jan to believe that she was part of a top-secret alien mission and that she had to have his child or the entire alien population — as well as her parents and sisters — would be killed. Once she was reunited with her family, Jan continued to believe this and distanced herself from her family while insisting she had to marry Berchtold. It wasn't until she got a bit older and tested the theories Berchtold had brainwashed her with, that she realized the whole 'mission' was fake and she'd ben emotionally and sexually abused for years. Broberg was born in Pocatello, Idaho on July 31. 1962. She is the oldest of three sisters. After the ordeal she was put through with Berchtold, Jan grew up to be an actress, singer, and activist. Who is Jan Broberg and where is she today?


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1. She's an actress

Jan Broberg is an actress who's most famous role was in the television show Everwood. She played Nurse Louise in 32 episodes between 2002 and 2006. She has also appeared in Iron Man 3, Maniac, Slaughter of the Innocents,  and the Disney Channel Movie The Poof Point. She has also worked on stage. She was in the Idaho State University production of Carousel, the Glendale Center production of Jane Eyre, and had roles in various other plays including The Sound of Music, My Fair Lady and No, No Nanette.

2. She is a singer

Jan is also a singer who was the singing voice of Uberta in the 2014 straight to DVD movie The Swan Princess: A Royal Family Tale. The movie was based on the classic story of Swan Lake.

3. She is a writer

Jan is also a writer. She wrote Stolen Innocence: The Jan Broberg Story in collaboration with her mother Mary Ann. The book tells the story of her kidnappings by Robert Berchtold. Berchtold resurfaced when Jan was an adult and tried to stop the publication and promotion of the book. In 2004, Berchtold crashed one of Jan's public speaking events. Jan was granted a restraining order against Berchtold not for the customary length of three months, but for the rest of his life. The court hearing that established the restaining order was a turning point in their relationship with Berchtold losing control. Jan yelled at him, "I'm doing this because I want to protect families from monsters like you." This seemed to really affect Berchtold. In 2005, he committed suicide. 


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4. She has other names

Jan Broberg is known professionally as Jan Broberg and Jan Broberg Felt. However, she also goes by a number of other names personally and professionally including Jan B. Felt, Jan Gardner, and Jan Tanner. Her friends call her Jani. 

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5. What does she do today?

Jan continues to act and can currently be seen in the role of Bonnie in the second season of Andrea Savage's I'm Sorry airing on TruTV. She is also the Executive Director of the Kayenta Arts Foundation in Utah. She oversees fundraising and public relations. 


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Amy Lamare is a Los Angeles based freelance writer covering entertainment, pop culture, beauty, fashion, fitness, technology, and the intersection of technology, business, and philanthropy. She is deeply devoted to her chocolate Labrador and an avid long distance runner. You can find her on Instagram and Facebook.