Woman locked in cellar for 24 years by sex slave father
For 24 years police thought missing Elisabeth Fritzl had run away from home to join a religious cult.
Yesterday the full, sickening horror of her secret life emerged - for all that time she was allegedly held captive in a cellar by her rapist father Joseph by who she had seven children.
Astonishingly Elisabeth, 42, lived with three of the youngsters in the 1.7metre-high dungeon reached through a garage and accessible only by an electronic lock with a special code.
Their captivity emerged after eldest child Kerstin, 19, was taken to hospital unconscious with a mystery illness. Doctors found a note in her pocket from her mum begging for help.
Another three children were "adopted" by Joseph, 73, and his wife Rosemarie who was unaware of their parentage.
The seventh child, a twin, died shortly after birth. Joseph allegedly burned the body.
Joseph is now under arrest suspected of incest and keeping his daughter in captivity. He has not responded to the charges.
Neighbour Anita Lachinger said: "He seemed such a harmless old man.
"No one could ever have guessed this. It's incredible."
Elisabeth is under medical and psychiatric care. Police said: "She has been abused continuously for 24 years."
The children are being cared for in a psychological clinic.
Elisabeth told detectives her agony began at the age of 11 when she claimed her father started abusing her.
In August 1984, she said, Joseph lured her into the cellar beneath their home in Amstetten, eastern Austria, drugging and handcuffing her.
The dungeon was made of four small rooms in which to sleep, cook and wash. There was little furniture other than a TV. The only light was from a bulb.
Over the years Elisabeth gave birth to three boys and three girls aged from five to 19. The sex of the dead twin, who would be 12 if alive, is not known.
Three of the children - Kerstin, Stefan, 18, and Felix, five - have lived their entire lives in the cellar. They have never seen daylight. The other three - Lisa, 15, Monika, 14, and Alexander, 12 - were cared for by Joseph and Rosemarie.
After Elisabeth first went missing in 1984 police were told her parents had received a letter from her saying not to search for her. Later, Joseph declared she had joined a religious sect.
When Lisa, Monika and Alexander were born, it is claimed, he told neighbours they had been abandoned by their mother and he was taking them in.
Instead, it seems that imprisoned Elisabeth passed them over to her grandparents as babies, leaving notes saying she could not care for them.
Police said: "Apparently Josef arranged for the children to have the proper papers on them when they were left in the building, and forced the mother to write accompanying letters.
"The father seems to be very authoritarian and decided what happened and what was supposed to happen in the family. Today we know why he closely guarded that basement." Astonishingly the three youngsters attended school in Amstetten close to their siblings' dungeon.
A school spokesman said: "They are well behaved and always get good marks." DNA samples have been taken of all the family.
The amazing scandal emerged after sick Kerstin was dropped off at a Red Cross hospital in Amstetten, 80 miles west of the capital Vienna.
Doctors alerted police after finding a note from Elisabeth in the girl's pocket asking them to do everything they could to help. Last night the critically ill youngster was fighting for life.
A tip-off then led officers to Joseph's nearby home where he was found with his daughter.
Distressed Elisabeth only agreed to speak after constant reassurances that she would never have to contact her father again.
Under questioning the sordid story emerged. According to a police statement, Joseph had freed Elisabeth, Stefan and Felix from the cellar, telling his wife that his daughter had come back to them.
He allegedly claimed that sick Kerstin had been left unconscious on his doorstep on April 19.
Monday, 28 April 2008
Austrian father holds daughter captive as a Sex Slave for 24 years, who gives birth to seven children.
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must u publish such erratic behaviour!
the world is good
even though u see abnormal behaviour too at times
but it is statistically insignificant
publish feel good posts as K does
I'll start. Women too often don't appreciate themselves and that is very sad. I think we should remind ourselves daily, that we're wonderful.
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4. At the age of 36, I am finally discovering who I am and how very talented I am.
the first is RM
the second is K
she is color blind
Anonymous (1) This post was posted yesterday. Foxtel TV Australia have just broadcast this story this morning, wake up to the news on 'The Daily Gaggle'.
Anon 2&3. Sorry; I have no idea who these voloptuous middle aged bimbo's are that you refer to. However, they seem to be quite worthy bedroom companions.
Of course only if you are into that sort of malarky.
the media needs stories to write about
if they cant find stories
they create stories by sting operations as TEHELCA dot com does in India
a journalist incognoto offered a bribe to a high ranking General and taped the conversation
the recorded material was quite entertaining and hit the head lines
The defence Minister then (George Fernandes) was fumimg
He said u shud have brought the tapes to High Command or me
u r demoralizing the jawans on the front
but newspapers have to sell to rake in the advt revenue
Men are often 'troubled' (in a sedated way) and get easily 'distracted' (in a hopeless way) by a pair of fleshy milk bottles called Breasts
Men are designed to be attracted to boobs, only God knows why so don't ask them questions - apparently it's genetic design *God must have been high on Whisky when he designed Men*.
A little old lady answered a knock on the door one day, only to be
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personally eat the remainder.'
The old lady stepped back and said, 'Well let me get you a fork,
'cause they cut off my electricity this morning...'
Chris: the salesman would enjoy his meal more while reading Isaiah chap 36, verse 12.
Anon: Who is RM, A Royal Marine lover of yours perhaps?--woofter!!!
You commenters are astounding. I am disgusted at the crap you post in comment of such a sad story.
Previous anonymous: Thank you for your wisdom and guidance I hope in future I shall behave in accordance to your commands.
( Vest will now weep and apply self flagellation)
BTW, it is my burning desire to visit your weblog in order to cringe and bow and lick your boots.
You do have a blog I hope? If not, your Email address will suffice.
Have a commanding day ,Vest. S M C.
Vestie, I believe that anon is a vindictive serial idiot.
One hundred and fifty three visitors from the USA and Canada in past 24 hours, but possibly only one anon comment.
"Cat got your tongue?"
Vestie, what does the initials SMC mean?
Amy the clue is in the middle word, which is (MY) that is all I am prepared to divulge, its a sort of man thingy.
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