Peacock retold the story of Jan Broberg and her abuser Robert Berchtold within the collection “A Friend of the Family.” Now, the true Broberg is talking out in a brand new documentary from the streamer titled “A Friend of the Family: True Evil.” The new documentary options Broberg confronting her story and interviews together with her mom, Mary Ann Broberg. More than 50 years in the past, Jan was kidnapped and abused by a household good friend, Berchtold, who had affairs with each her dad and mom with the intention to cowl up his actions.
“Many harmed by youngster sexual assault and long-term abuse are nonetheless striving to heal and thrive years later,” Broberg mentioned in an announcement. “Through help and neighborhood, the therapeutic journey of ‘Thrivivors’ can create a ripple impact in the direction of change for youngsters, and I’m grateful to Peacock for the chance to proceed telling my story. It is my hope that with larger consciousness and understanding of childhood sexual abuse and grooming, complete prevention can actually change into a actuality.”
According to Peacock, the 90-minute documentary won’t solely function conversations between Jan, Mary Ann, and Jan’s son concerning the generational trauma the abuse dropped at their household, but additionally footage of Jan revisiting the precise scene of her kidnapping and abuse. The documentary additionally options one other one among Berchtold’s victims talking out for the primary time.
Jan and Mary Ann first informed their story within the 2003 memoir “Stolen Innocence: The Jan Broberg Story.” The e-book didn’t embody the data that her father Bob had additionally been sexually concerned with Berchtold. The documentary “Abducted in Plain Sight,” which was launched by Netflix in 2019, introduced larger consideration to their story and was the primary time most individuals heard about Berchtold’s crimes. It did embody Bob’s relationship with Berchtold. This October, Peacock launched the restricted collection “A Friend of the Family,” which is predicated on the true occasions. In the present, Mckenna Grace performs Jan, Anna Paquin performs Mary Ann, Colin Hanks performs Bob, and Jake Lacy performs Berchtold. The actual Jan and Mary Ann had been each concerned within the creation of the collection.
“A Friend of the Family: True Evil” Trailer
“A Friend of the Family: True Evil” Release Date
“A Friend of the Family: True Evil” will stream on Peacock on Nov. 15.