October 5, 2017
When Mary Ann’s daughter, actress Jan Broberg, was 12 years old, she was abducted by family friend Robert Berchtold. He took the young girl to Mexico for 38 days before being found by the FBI.
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“When Robert took Jan the first time, I wasn’t overly concerned and worried because of Robert’s devotion to our family, and I was certain he wouldn’t do anything to harm Jan,” Mary Ann says. “Robert’s charisma was quite enticing to the family. He was so suave. He seemed to have all the charm.”
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Mary Ann, who admits she “fell in love” with Berchotold, says that she remained friends with him after the abduction and continued to bring her daughters around him. Two years later, Jan was abducted again, this time for four months.
“We knew exactly who it was. I was so angry with myself, and I just wanted him to die,” Mary Ann says. “I blame myself a lot for the way things turned out.”