Watch Peacock’s True Crime Doc ‘A Friend Of The Family: True Evil’ Today

November 4, 2022

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Peacock’s “Certified Fresh” true crime documentary A Friend of the Family: True Evil, the companion to Peacock’s heart-breaking and infuriating limited drama series “A Friend of the family,” delves deeper into the case of Jan Broberg, who was kidnapped more than once and assaulted, and brainwashed as a child by a family friend, Robert Berchtold.


The documentary follows Jan on her road to healing as she revisits the scenes of the crime (including the bedroom where her abuse began and where police finally rescued her in Mexico). It also features never-before-revealed information from another Berchtold victim, who Jan meets on her journey, as well as an emotional and honest conversation with Jan’s mother about the events that took place years ago.


Through interviews with Jan and members of her family, including her mother and son by NBC News correspondent Andrea Cannan, the documentary dives into how a family comes to terms with the generational trauma that can have an effect on victims and families for generations.


Watch as Jan confronts the horrible events that shaped her life, and as 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, strength, and courage.


A Friend of the Family: True Evil is produced by Dateline Productions. Andrea Canning serves as Correspondent, Paul F. Ryan serves as Executive Producer, and Izhar Harpaz serves as Supervising Producer.


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