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Italian Woman Held Prisoner for 18 Years

Austria Redux? Italian Woman Held Prisoner for 18 Years

Italian authorities discovered a woman who has been kept in a locked room in her family’s home for 18 years, immediately drawing comparisons to the Josef Fritzl story out of Austria.

After receiving a tip authorities freed the 47-year-old woman, Maria Monaco, from her befouled living quarters. Her 80-year-old mother, a sister, and a brother have been accused of kidnapping.


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After becoming pregnant out of wedlock, Monaco was kept locked up at home. when she was found the police said, “she could barely walk, and instead of speaking she emitted a sort of wailing sound.” She was immediately transferred to a psychiatric ward in a Naples hospital.

Though the parallels to the Austria case were quick to fly, a lawyer representing the family said the comparison was false. To find out why,

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The lawyer said that Monaco had severe psychological problems. “The family was only trying to be discreet,” said the lawyer adding that she had not been prevented from leaving the family home. Because of her "serious psychological problems and [that she] refused to undergo any therapy,” or take care of her personal hygiene, the family kept her out of sight.

The room where Monaco was kept was accessible through a locked gate she had access to a “fetid washroom,” according to police. In perhaps the most striking detail, Monaco's family used dog bowls to feed her.

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Kimpossible Kimpossible 7 years
hf - I can't read it either, I can't even open it up to look at the pictures in a bigger size, the small ones alone disturb me so.
MindayH MindayH 7 years
I am confused about her child that she had(?) where is her kid?
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 7 years
Disgusting.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 7 years
Disgusting.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 7 years
I can't even read the story...that main picture is enough.. Absolutely horrible.
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 7 years
Disgusting.
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 7 years
Disgusting.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 7 years
And let's not forget she had to use a "fetid washroom", ehadams...but that was for her own good. :oy:
ehadams ehadams 7 years
The lawyer says it was for her own good, but then they fed her in dog food bowls. Right...
bellaressa bellaressa 7 years
Speechless, wtf is wrong with these people.
underyourwaves underyourwaves 7 years
I think the worst part of all of this is that I'm not at all shocked. There have been other cases (not as high profile like these happening. :(
Kelliegrl Kelliegrl 7 years
I really don't know what's wrong with people
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
SNL needs to do a skit parodying Flip my House, or Trading Spaces and in a basement find someone thats been held captive and redo thier room, but not let them go.
raciccarone raciccarone 7 years
I am not sure how photographs of my college dorm room got on this site, but please take them down immediately. I did not give permission to use them.
Calimie Calimie 7 years
This is horrible. Good try for that lawyer saying that the family were doing it "for her own good". They're despicable. All this only because she had a child out of wedlock? You can't get more backwards than that. I really hope they are appropiately punished. I also hope she can recover and her child is able to help her through this.
Calimie Calimie 7 years
This is horrible. Good try for that lawyer saying that the family were doing it "for her own good". They're despicable. All this only because she had a child out of wedlock? You can't get more backwards than that. I really hope they are appropiately punished.I also hope she can recover and her child is able to help her through this.
kikidawn kikidawn 7 years
This is sickening and horrifying. I can't understand how a person (people) can do that to another human being!
em1282 em1282 7 years
Wow. Just...wow. I always wonder about people like this who are locked away--how are their bones not turned into jelly, their muscles completely atrophied? It does mention that she could barely walk though...
megnmac megnmac 7 years
This type of thing happens more frequently than any of us would like to believe. The idea that anyone could so intentionally mistreat another, weaker person is so horrific. It dampens my faith in the natural goodness of people every time I am forced to look at what people are able to do to one another...
geebers geebers 7 years
oh my god...how horrible. I cant even look at these pictures without feeling upset.
ladychaos ladychaos 7 years
...and they always talk about how crazy Muslims are...
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