The story of Jan Broberg’s two kidnappings caught the attention of true crime fans in Abducted At Plain Sight, but the full story has yet to be told, according to director Skye Brogman. Brogman admitted she’s up for making a sequel to the wild, dark abduction story and has a lot of content to fill the time if she can find the funding. She even said it could become a trilogy.
Brogman opened up about a series of topics the original film, which is now on Netflix, did not dive into. The biggest one, she told Vanity Fair on Feburary 14, is faith. Broberg’s family was religious and met her future kidnaper, Robert Berchtold, at their community church. Broberg thinks faith played a big role in the lack of accountability held to Berchtold after he kidnaped Broberg twice.
The Broberg family belonged to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (L.D.S), which she said could have a large impact on the family’s choice to forgive Berchtold. After Broberg’s first kidnapping, the family did not press charges against Berchtold. In the documentary, they explained this was because Berchtold had entered into a sexual relationship with Broberg’s father and they did not want to ruin his reputation.
Brogman explained what she’d hope to incorporate in a second film, or even a third. She said the goal would be “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 L.D.S.—but the role that faith plays in sheltering communities.”
The director also said there are tactics involved in kidnappings she hopes to highlight. “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.”
Brogman spoke of conversations she had with a psychologist about the extensive, mental and physical work of kidnappings. “She explained how much work it takes to actually kidnap somebody,” Borgman noted. “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.”