Peacock's “A Friend of the Family,” a limited drama series that looks back at two kidnappings of Jan Broberg when she was 12 and 14 in the 1970s, can only be called horrifyingly spine-chilling.
That's because, as explored in Netflix's “Abducted in Plain Sight,” a close friend was actually in charge of capturing, carefully grooming, and brainwashing her.
But for now, if you just want to know more about the accused's then-spouse, Robert “Bob” Berchtold's wife, Gail Toyn Berchtold, we have all the essential information for you.
Who is Gail Berchtold?
On June 7, 1961, Gail married in a beautiful ceremony at the Latter-day Saints (LDS) Logan Temple in Utah to Robert (or B), who worked for the Army then. At the time, he was stationed in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
However, they soon decided to start a new chapter by moving, so they lived in a few different places. Brigham City, Utah; Pocatello, Idaho; and Ogden, Utah. During this time, they were proud to welcome Jerry, James, Joseph, Jeff, and Jill into their lives.
But Idaho was not at all good for the Berchtold's, especially since it was there that Robert became obsessed with Jan Broberg when she was still a child. He then kidnapped her in 1974 and 1976.
Gail also told the parents of the missing children not to call the police in the first few days after they went out in October, but no one has ever been able to figure out why. Some say she knew what her husband was doing because she allegedly helped him get the Brobergs to lower their charges, while others say she didn't know anything.
Part of this is that Gail packed her bags, took their kids, and left Robert for good before the second time he ran away with the 14-year-old in August 1976. This shows that she didn't have anything to do with it.
She had already filed for divorce at that point and hasn't talked about it online, in interviews, or as a consultant in documentaries or other shows since then. So, it's likely that not everything we see on screen about Gail is 100% true.
Actress Lio Tipton, who plays Gail in “A Friend of the Family,” has clarified this.”It's unclear how much Gail knows,” Lio recently told The Cut in an exclusive interview. “I met with a lot of people… [on] how to approach a scene, like, should I have a hint of “I'm doing this too” to sweep things under the rug, or is Gail clueless about what's going on?
Gail turned out to be easier to understand than I had thought. I thought about how hard Gail tries to keep her family safe and together in every scene I wrote. All she cared about was whether or not her family would be okay. How can I make things better? She probably never wanted to hurt anyone else.”
Where is Gail Berchtold at Present?
From what we can tell about Gail's current situation from online records and social media profiles, the family woman is from Grouse Creek, Utah, but is now living in Roy, Utah. She remarried in the late 1980s, but on April 5, 2015, her second husband, James Leslie Wadman, died after a long battle with bladder cancer.
He was 70, and they married for more than 27 years. So, even though Gail is in her 70s now, she is still living a quiet, happy life with her children close by. Before Jan was retaken, Gail and Robert Berchtold got a divorce.
In an interview with Jan Broberg about the documentary Abducted in Plain Sight, she said that Gail and Robert got a divorce soon after the kidnapping. Jan told Entertainment Tonight, “By the time she was retaken, she had filed for a divorce.” “She got a divorce from him and moved with her kids.”Jan also said that after they split up, she never talked to Gail again.
“There has been no word in many years, and can you imagine how terrible it would be to find out that this was your dad?” Jan added. “It's not easy, and I feel bad for all of them.”
Gail Berchtold Has a New Husband, but No One Knows His Name
Many wonders if Gail Berchtold knew what her husband did to Jan Broberg after seeing Abducted in Plain Sight and A Friend of the Family. Many fans of documentaries went to Reddit to talk about whether or not Gail could be involved. Some people speak badly about Berchtold's ex-wife, which is reason enough for her to keep to herself.