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Austrian Incest Family Speaks Out For First Time

The family of Josef Fritzl, the Austrian man accused of imprisoning and raping his daughter in a cellar for 24 years, released their first public message, a hand-written poster hung in a local shop window thanking people for their support.

The sign reads:

We, the whole family, would like to use this occasion to thank you all for your sympathy with our fate. Your compassion really helps us to cope with this difficult time and shows us that there are also good and honest people. We hope that a time will come for us when we can lead a normal life again.


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The message from the 18-year-old boy, who'd never been outside in his entire life says that he's relishing experiencing sun, fresh air, and nature for the first time. Local residents reading the sign have been reportedly moved to tears. The family is currently in the care of Austrian authorities who are protecting their privacy.

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Sugarblonde Sugarblonde 7 years
It is such a horrible situation to think about. I really feel for them... and hope they get all the counseling help they can get to live relatively as normal as they can. I think it's great that at this time in their lives they are even thanking others for support... they have so many of their own issues - nice of them to thank others.
--Natalie-- --Natalie-- 7 years
i couldn't believe this story when i first heard it. It's osmething thgat you can not believe at first time. I feel so much compassion for all these people.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 7 years
I'm feel so sad for the poor children; they were trapt with that man. He is a disgusting human; to commit the crimes he did... you have to have no morals, feelings and compassion. He lacks any right to freedom. I hope those children get the therapy they need after going through this ordeal; to think, that an 18yr had never been outside the house... it is just heartbreaking.
Sun_Sun Sun_Sun 7 years
thats just awful. just absolutely mind boggling. another reason to be grateful. thank God.
holysnap holysnap 7 years
i couldn't believe this story when i first heard it. hope their doing good.
Anabellatc Anabellatc 7 years
I wish this family the best...there are no words to describe what he did to them! Hopefully from now on their lives will be full of blessings and good things :)
raciccarone raciccarone 7 years
This would never have happened if the Hapsburg's were still in power.
bellaressa bellaressa 7 years
I hope that the children/adults get help and can be productive and lead happy lives. I know it will be hard but I wish them well.
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 7 years
Awwww. This is heartwrenching. I hope he rots in jail and I wish the best for those kids.
Jillness Jillness 7 years
"The message from the 18-year-old boy, who'd never been outside in his entire life says that he's relishing experiencing sun, fresh air, and nature for the first time." Wow, that is so tragic. I am so happy that they are finally free. I wish them all the best with their emotional recovery.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 7 years
I've been following this story - what this guy did to his family is totally sick! I really wish these poor kids the best. But how can you lead a "normal" life after what they have experienced. It is so sad!
NYFashionista NYFashionista 7 years
Me too. Gosh, can you imagine never being outside for your entire life? The world must seem so big to them. This story is truly heartbreaking but I'm happy they were able to get out. I'm especially happy their identities have (for the most part) remained anonymous.
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
Wow. I wish this poor family all the best.
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