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​Abducted In Plain Sight Director Skye Borgman Wants To Make A Sequel

​Abducted In Plain Sight Director Skye Borgman Wants To Make A Sequel

Anyone who's seen true crime doc Abducted in Plain Sight will know there's A LOT going on in the real-life story, which details what happened when a young girl, Jan Broberg, was kidnapped - twice - after her family fell prey to the manipulative charms of their neighbour.

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Well, it seems there's even more to the tale, as the director believes there's enough material for a sequel, or even two.

In order to streamline the documentary, filmmaker Skye Borgman was forced to leave out several elements of the story, including a meet-up between Jan's mother, Mary Ann, and kidnapper Robert Berchtold, which allegedly involved both Mary Ann's brother and a gun.

Borgman also spoke to a forensic psychologist, who provided her with court transcripts and evidence of Berchtold's fixation with Jan.

"She explained how much work it takes to actually kidnap somebody," Borgman told Vanity Fair.

"That's why it doesn't happen more often, because there's so much planning involved, and there's so much deceit that goes into it. To be able to actually kidnap somebody is incredibly difficult. Then to be able to maintain this ruse for years and years really takes somebody who has very little empathy for anybody else. It really does take a sociopath."

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Jan Broberg, who was kidnapped twice by the same man as a youngster. Credit: Netflix
Jan Broberg, who was kidnapped twice by the same man as a youngster. Credit: Netflix

Borgman also said she would like to make a sequel to the documentary one day, hoping to 'explore the different topics that we didn't have time to really dive deep into, like the role that faith plays - maybe not even just LDS [The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or Mormonism] - but the role that faith plays in sheltering communities'.

She added: "Also grooming and brainwashing - there are really interesting, intricate things that happen, and we touch on both of those topics in the documentary, but I'd love to explore those more. I guess in a perfect world, it'd be sort of a trilogy of films."

Released on Netflix on 15 January, the feature-length documentary was an instant hit with viewers - with many of us pretty shocked to find out that Jan went on to have a successful acting career following her ordeal as a youngster.

"She still auditions, but she started running a theatre company in Utah and it's been wonderful for her," Borgman continued.

"The press that she's getting has been a lot, but she's doing really well.

"She says that you can choose how to live your life - 90 percent of her life is amazing and wonderful, and 10 percent is not, and she chooses to live in the 90 percent.

"I do give her a lot of respect and a lot of props for doing this documentary and for telling this story, because it's easy to let that 10 percent creep back in. She just doesn't allow that to happen."

Abducted In Plain Sight is available to stream on Netflix now.

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film, True Crime, Netflix

Jess Hardiman

Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics - indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at [email protected]

 

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