A Friend of the Family: True Evil: Release date, synopsis, trailer & more

A Friend of the Family: True Evil is an upcoming docuseries about Jan Broberg, who survived two kidnappings and years of sexual abuse as a child by a family friend.

Release date

A Friend of the Family: True Evil is set to premiere on Peacock on November 15.

Official synopsis

“A Friend of the Family: True Evil, the documentary companion to Peacock’s popular scripted series, is the story of Jan Broberg, who survived years of childhood sexual abuse at the hands of family friend and neighbor, Robert Berchtold. Through all-new interviews with Jan and her family, NBC News correspondent Andrea Canning explores in detail how Berchtold methodically and deviously gained access to Jan, exploited her family, instigated encounters with – and blackmailed – both her parents, and brainwashed Jan to believe that aliens would kill her and harm her sisters and parents if she didn’t bend to his will. As Jan confronts the painful events that shaped her, she meets another survivor of Berchtold’s abuse, who shares her own experiences for the first time. Through Jan’s journey, this saga of lies, deceit, and inhumanity becomes a powerful story of endurance, courage, and a family’s life-affirming bond.”

Other details

In addition to the series and documentary, Jan Broberg co-wrote a new memoir with her mother, “The Jan Broberg Story: The True Crime Story of a Young Girl Abducted and Brainwashed by a Friend of the Family.”


Jan Broberg recounts her horrifying experience of being kidnapped twice and brainwashed by Robert Berchtold. She revisits her past, sits down for an honest conversation with her family members, and meets another Berchtold victim on her healing journey.

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