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Austrian Man Admits to Imprisoning and Abusing Daughter for 24 Years

Austrian Admits to Imprisoning/Abusing Daughter for 24 Years

A 73-year-old Austrian man has just confessed to imprisoning his daughter in a cellar for 24 years and fathering her seven children, according to authorities. The head of the local criminal affairs bureau said that the man accused, "Josef F" had confessed during questioning. There's a press conference happening soon.

The woman abused is now 42, and has six surviving children fathered by her own father. Police said the woman, named Elisabeth, had told them that her father had begun sexually abusing her from the age of 11. She disappeared in August 1984 when her father Josef lured her into the cellar, drugging and handcuffing her before locking her up.


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A letter in Elisabeth's handwriting arrived a month later asking them not to search for her so it was assumed she had run away. During the 24-year imprisonment, Elisabeth gave birth to seven children by her father, including twins in 1996. One of the twins died several days later because it had not received proper care. Josef's wife Rosemarie had no idea Elisabeth was being held in the basement of her house.

Elisabeth's case came to light after her eldest daughter required hospitalization, and doctors demanded to speak with her mother. Josef then released her, told his wife Elisabeth had decided to return home, and was almost immediately arrested.

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eastcoastgirl eastcoastgirl 6 years
:cry: This story makes me feel sick! What a horrible person! He was supposed to love and protect her instead he robbed her of her life!
eastcoastgirl eastcoastgirl 6 years
:cry: This story makes me feel sick! What a horrible person! He was supposed to love and protect her instead he robbed her of her life!
emg2114 emg2114 8 years
I caught a glimpse of this stoiry on the news yesterday, but had to turn it off because it was so sickening. seriously, this makes me ill.
L0neLyHeArT L0neLyHeArT 8 years
this is so sick, and to know that Elizabeth's life was held in a soundproof room with no sunlight and no life..missing out on her own life, traumatized by sexual abuse...... what about elizabeth's father-joseph (perpetrator)? doesn't he have any morals at all? this only makes me feel that some humans are truly unhumane. Elizabeth (the victim) should have rights....
L0neLyHeArT L0neLyHeArT 8 years
this is so sick, and to know that Elizabeth's life was held in a soundproof room with no sunlight and no life..missing out on her own life, traumatized by sexual abuse......what about elizabeth's father-joseph (perpetrator)? doesn't he have any morals at all? this only makes me feel that some humans are truly unhumane. Elizabeth (the victim) should have rights....
lukal lukal 8 years
This is the most horrific thing I have heard. I hope the father never sees the light of day again.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 8 years
You are right fizzle. Thanks! Apparently simple arithmetic is not my strong point :OOPS:
fizzle fizzle 8 years
No, actually according to CNN.com, the father had 7 children with the daughter. There was a set of twins, of which one died (the child he burned), the daughter was imprisoned along with 3 children, and the father adopted his other three grandchildren/children.
fizzle fizzle 8 years
Disgusting!
fizzle fizzle 8 years
Disgusting!
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 8 years
I agree Liberty. I can't look at him. I have to avert my eyes. I think there is some confusion as to the living situation. I believe that he only had one daughter with his wife. The other seven of his children came from his daughter. He enticed her down to the basement, drugged her, and began her imprisonment when she was 18. He told his wife that she ran away. 3 of the children were "left on the doorstep by his daughter" or so he told his wife. 1 child who was a twin died and the father burned it in the oven. So that leaves two children that were imprisoned with their mother (his daughter) in the basement. Apparently the basement was built out with hidden rooms and they were soundproof. So while it seems really unlikely it is feasible that she didn't know. I think that's everything. Someone let me know if I got any of the facts wrong. This is a disgusting man...and I agree that he should go away for life. Or maybe tied up and raped for the rest of HIS life.
Meike Meike 8 years
This story makes me utterly sick. Too bad this happens a lot more frequently in countries all over the world. And to think, many more victims do not get a chance to see justice served to them.
JennyJen2 JennyJen2 8 years
My goodness - what a disturbing story. The fact that this type of horror goes on anywhere is so upsetting.
JennyJen2 JennyJen2 8 years
My goodness - what a disturbing story. The fact that this type of horror goes on anywhere is so upsetting.
yesteryear yesteryear 8 years
i think the dungeon was decorated by ikea!
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
That's the actor I was thinking of. Thanks! Didn't Hitler come from Austria as well? Does this mean that we should boycott all Austrians??
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
That's the actor I was thinking of. Thanks!Didn't Hitler come from Austria as well? Does this mean that we should boycott all Austrians??
C0UTURExADDICT C0UTURExADDICT 8 years
Wow...I am so shocked and disgusted by this. It is pretty hard to believe that Rosemarie, the mother, wasn't aware of the events taking place in her own home..however, I just can't seem to think that a mother would let that type of abuse continue for 24 years. I'm probably wrong but I think there has got to be some sort of explanation as to how Rosemarie didn't know. I just don't want to believe a mother could condone that.
MindayH MindayH 8 years
I read the article on cnn.com and it says that the "prison" in the basement was sound proof and difficult to find if you were looking for it. Also it mentioned that 3 of the kids were left on the doorstep with a note from the "missing" daughter that she couldn't take care of them. 15 years seems extremely lax. Is incest legal in Austria? what about not properly disposing of a dead body? I am sure they can get him on more than kidnapping
MindayH MindayH 8 years
I read the article on cnn.com and it says that the "prison" in the basement was sound proof and difficult to find if you were looking for it. Also it mentioned that 3 of the kids were left on the doorstep with a note from the "missing" daughter that she couldn't take care of them.15 years seems extremely lax. Is incest legal in Austria? what about not properly disposing of a dead body? I am sure they can get him on more than kidnapping
Annika2494003 Annika2494003 8 years
I am so sad and disgusted about this. Seriously! What goes through these sicko's heads?
jennifer76 jennifer76 8 years
I completely agree about that prison sentence! But, perhaps that is why we (the US) have 25% of the world's prison population. Maybe short sentences are the norm elsewhere...?
figurine figurine 8 years
<em>"Some people take their Kafka a little too seriously."</em>Okay, so this made me laugh out loud in all this misery.The police officer who held today's press conference said he actually believes that the man's wife didn't suspect anything fishy was going on. It would be very interesting to know what kind of lives they lead for her to never notice anything out of the ordinary.
figurine figurine 8 years
"Some people take their Kafka a little too seriously." Okay, so this made me laugh out loud in all this misery. The police officer who held today's press conference said he actually believes that the man's wife didn't suspect anything fishy was going on. It would be very interesting to know what kind of lives they lead for her to never notice anything out of the ordinary.
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