I suffered through it and you can too. Following are some links for afterward.
“Trust, shame, and complicity” are three good descriptions.
Asked how Berchtold came up with this extravagant deception plan, Borgman said her only theory is that inspiration struck from the 70s zeitgeist. “This whole idea of science fiction was popular, and tape recorders had just come out. There were also a lot of newspaper articles about U.F.O.s and whether or not they were real.”
“To be able to actually kidnap somebody is incredibly difficult. Then to be able to maintain this ruse for years and years really takes somebody who has very little empathy for anybody else. It really does take a sociopath.”
Manipulation and grooming are not understood by so many. It happened to my whole family, this man was a master and my parents saved my life. They’re the bravest people I know, willing to try to help the rest of you see what they didn’t. That is the only reason we told our story.
I’ll browse on my phone and see if I can come up with more facts that are relevant.
Until then, I’ll write two things: The Vanity Fair piece is the better one. Is Skye Borgman a journalist or a film maker or both?