5. Jan Broberg
Being kidnapped once is a very hurtful and traumatizing event, but imagine it happening to you twice. It happened to Jan Broberg twice, when she was kidnapped twice by her neighbor, Robert “B” Berchtold, two years in between the events. Both times Jan was saved by law enforcement, but the idea that this could happen twice by the same person is mind boggling.
The first time, in 1974, the man fooled her mother into thinking that he was taking Jan, 12 years old at the time, horseback riding. Due to the fact that he was a family friend, the woman agreed with no issue. Then he staged their joint kidnapping and flew out with Jan to Mexico where he married her. Fortunately, they were found after five weeks. However, Berchtold brainwashed the young girl to believe she was in love with him and they needed to have a baby together to escape aliens.
Due to errors in the system, despite being charged, the man served only 10 days out of his five-year sentence. What is even more surprising is that the man stayed in contact with the girl, as he was having an affair with both of her parents. That’s how he managed to kidnap Jan again and take her to Pasadena two years later where the FBI found them. The man served one month in jail before he was sent to a mental hospital, and he passed away in 2005.
If you want to know more about Jan Broberg’s story you can watch the true-crime documentary “Abducted in Plain Sight”.
6. Alicia “Kozak” Kozakiewicz
You may know her as the first recorded victim of internet luring and abduction, as she met her attacker on an internet forum in the early 2000s. Back then people did not know much about safety on the internet as it was a new concept.
Alicia met Scott Tyree in 2001 on the internet thinking she was talking to a boy her age. In fact, the man was 38 years old and proceeded to groom her for over a year by speaking to her online. This is how he got her to leave her house on 2002 New Year’s eve and into his car, where he took her to his home in Virginia, 236 miles away from her Pittsburgh home.
Alicia was held captive for four days, shackled in the basement, where she was physically tortured and defiled. The reason why she found herself in this predicament was also what saved her. Tyree live-streamed the horrors he put her through on the internet and an anonymous tipper told the FBI.
She was finally saved and her abuser went to jail for 19 years. However, her horrors did not end when she was found as she continued to endure abuse from the media when people started victim-blaming. Something shameful as they targeted a traumatized 13-year-old girl.
The silver lining here is that her nightmare served as a warning for parents and children alike about the dangers lurking on the internet and put a spotlight on the fact that predators are everywhere.