Episode 155: Peter Welsh – Abducted in Plain Sight, Jan Broberg Kidnapping

In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Pete Welsh reviews his 1974 investigation of the kidnapping of 12-year-old Jan Broberg who was abducted by Bob Berchtold, a trusted and close family friend.

Pete Welsh spent three years trying to unravel the bizarre twist and turns of the case. Pete was interviewed on camera for the Netflix documentary, Abducted In Plain Sight, about the Jan Broberg kidnapping. It was during the filming that he learned about all the methods used by his subject, Bob Berchtold to groom and manipulate young Jan and her parents, Bob and Maryann Broberg. You can learn more about the documentary Abducted In Plain Sight website and watch a clip from the film on the official website and YouTube.

Special Agent (Retired)

Peter Welsh

1968 – 1989

Pete Welsh – Photo credit abducteddoc.com









“You take it for granted that the parents of a kidnapped little girl would tell you everything.”—Retired FBI Agent Pete Welsh

Retired agent Peter Welsh served in the FBI for 20 years. He was assigned to three offices during his career,  the Yuba City Resident Agency (RA) out of the Sacramento Division, Long Beach RA out of the Los Angeles Division and the Pocatello, Idaho RA originally out of the Salt Lake City Division, where he worked all violations and fugitives matters.

The following are links to the documentary website and articles about the Jan Broberg kidnapping and the strange manipulative relationship her kidnapper, Bob Berchtold, had with her parents:

Abduction In Plain Sight Website

The Vulture:  Abducted in Plain Sight’s Jan Broberg on Why She Forgave Her Parents

ABC – The View (VIDEO):   The Strangest True-Crime Story Yet

To learn more about how the FBI investigates child abduction and Kidnapping cases, listen to these FBI Retired Case File Review episodes.

The Atlantic – “The Strangest True-Crime Story Yet” The new Netflix documentary Abducted in Plain Sight is a bewildering account of one girl’s kidnapping by a family friend. Read the article here.










The docudrama is available on Netflix and other streaming services. Watch trailer here.













Jerri Williams

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Jerri Williams, a retired FBI agent, author and podcaster, jokes that she writes about the FBI to relive her glory days. After 26 years with the Bureau specializing in major economic fraud and corruption investigations, she calls on her professional encounters with scams and schemers to write police procedurals inspired by true crime FBI cases in her Philadelphia FBI Corruption Squad crime fiction series featuring flawed female FBI agent Kari Wheeler. Jerri’s FBI for Armchair Detectives nonfiction series enables readers to discover who the FBI is and what the FBI does by debunking misconceptions about the FBI in books, TV, and movies. Her books are available as ebooks, paperbacks, and audiobooks wherever books are sold. She’s also the host of FBI Retired Case File Review, a true crime podcast with more than 300 episodes available on all popular podcast apps and YouTube.

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