Just when I thought my documentary addiction couldn’t get any weirder than FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened, along came Netflix’s Abducted in Plain Sight.
For those who haven’t watched it yet, Abducted in Plain Sight is a gripping 90 minutes of true-crime horror that will have you questioning what you’ve just watched. The story interviews Jan Broberg and her family, decades after she was abducted (twice) by family friend Robert “B” Berchtold.
If anyone thought that poor Jan looked familiar, that’s because she’s been part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Everyone has been suitably shooketh by the documentary, but thankfully, Jan’s story doesn’t end there. There is life after being brainwashed by a paedophile into thinking aliens need you to reproduce.
Since escaping the clutches of Berchtold, Broberg has managed to live a relatively normal life. As well as helping her mum write a chilling book that charts the events of her double abduction, she’s carved a career as a singer and actress. On her credits, Broberg has appeared in notable shows like Touched By An Angel, Everwood, and Criminal Minds.
Broberg has also starred alongside actors including Zac Efron and Elijah Wood. However, one of her biggest claims to fame was suiting up for the MCU for a minor part as “Senior Technician” in Iron Man 3.
Ok, so Iron Man 3 isn’t many people’s favourite MCU movie — and Senior Technician isn’t exactly Gwyneth Paltrow’s Pepper Potts — but it’s still a pretty cool credit to have. Who knows, maybe Jan could pop up in Avengers: Endgame to save the world from Thanos?
The ending of Abducted in Plain Sight left us with a bittersweet finale. Even after Berchtold had been given a lifetime ban on contacting the Broberg family, he’d regularly turn up at Jan’s inspirational talks. B was eventually given a proper jail sentence but took his own life in 2005.
While Broberg has tried to leave the past behind her, Abducted in Plain Sight ended with her candid confession that she still thinks about what happened every day of her life.
Whatever your thoughts on the whole situation and whether her parents were in the wrong, at least the ordeal is finally over and Jan can focus on her acting career.
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