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Austrian Dad Charged With Murder, Rape, Slavery

Josef Fritzl, the man who imprisoned and abused his daughter for 24 years and later blamed Hitler, has been charged with murdering one of the children he fathered with his daughter.

Fritzl, 73, was found to be responsible for the death of a newborn in 1996 after he neglected to seek medical help when he knew the baby might die. Fritzl previously told police that the baby, one of twins, was born dead and he had burned the body. To learn some of the heartbreaking details uncovered from the case files (warning: they are truly awful),


The case files offered some chilling details about Fritzl's violent behavior and history. He kept his daughter in the cellar of his apartment building for 24 years — raping her on a regular basis and fathering seven children with her. Apparently, he chained his then 18-year-old daughter for the first nine months of her captivity in 1984, drugged, beat, and raped her. Fritzl eventually filled the rat-infested cell with furniture, but regularly shut off power as punishment. He admitted to abusing his daughter soon after he was arrested, but didn't admit to killing the baby. Fritzl's trial isn't expected to begin before January 2009.


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ThePerfectScore ThePerfectScore 8 years
It reminds me of the Genie case where the girl was chained to a potty training potty for 13 years of her life.. a chilling story and one of psychologies greatest cases... I just don't understand how people can be so damn sick.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
Ah. I think it's a fitting punishment, but I doubt it would curb the behavior.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Blue, I mean the real deal.
pequeña pequeña 8 years
I was absolutely astonished when I first heart this. No punishment is bad enough for this monster, I just hope he spends the rest of his life rotting in jail.
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 8 years
actually the mother did not know what was going on as he lead her to believe the daughter was a rebel and ran away he made the daughter write a letter to her mother saying she was running away that's why the mother is in utter shock, i still think she had to have known something when random children with letters would show up on her door step, all step up by Fritzl
Roarman Roarman 8 years
Im for whole kit n caboodle. What he did was sick.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
As in chemical castration GS? Or the whole kit n caboodle?
Mykie7 Mykie7 8 years
An EYE for an EYE. What he did to those children and his daughter needs to be done to him. Sorry if that sounds sadistic, but just putting him in prison isn't good enough. GS, he will be judged by the Maker, but I'm all for letting that happen sooner rather than later.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
I think all proven sexual predators (rapists, molesters, pedophiles, etc.) should be castrated. By proven I mean solid DNA evidence, video, confession, etc.
Roarman Roarman 8 years
I think he should be castrated. Then, as someone else said, he should be left at the mercy of the other inmates while the guards look the other way. His cell should be dirty, dark and very small and he should only get the amount of sustenance needed to keep him alive to live out his prison sentence. Essentially, he should get exactly what he did to his daugher.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i think that we were ALL in shock about this case when we first heard about it last year, and i'm so happy to hear that they are finding him to be guilty of so many horrid things. it's a shame that there are people out there who do this, and sadly i'm sure that he's not alone (seeing as how we heard of another similar case). i just hope that all these people who suffered are some how managing to re-acclimate themselves into life...
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
This is unimaginably appalling. He is evil.
Suzaila Suzaila 8 years
I read about this in the papers a few months ago and I was so shocked. I thought something this awful only happens in movies. It is such a sad sad thing. I read that the daughter and her children are in a mental institute learning to adjust to being in the outside world. Sadly I also read that the doctors fear the abused daughter and her eldest children may never be able to live on their own outside because they have been confined and abused for far too long.
peachy-thing11 peachy-thing11 8 years
disgusting. that guy is sick. like how could you do that to another person, terrible
lorenashley lorenashley 8 years
i truly have NO words for this piece of shit. GOD BLESS ELIZABETH AND HER KIDS!
austerity austerity 8 years
I think this man is the devil incarnate. My heart bleeds to even think what that poor woman and her children have gone through, and how they will spend the rest of their lives recuperating...God, why would you let these things happen? Are you even there?
Shadowdamage Shadowdamage 8 years
Thanks for the insights, I appreciate it!
Witchy-Ways Witchy-Ways 8 years
Shadowdamage, what you're saying is only partially true. While there certainly is something about the Austrian mentality that seems to forbid women to question their husbands, this is only true for the older generations, to which these two certainly belong. And secondly, the lived in a fairly large town (compared the rest of Austria), only 45 minutes away from our nation's capital. So it's not really rural Austria. Basically, what I'm saying is that even with all the traditional values that many families (especially in rural, mountain areas) still hold, would not have applied to where they lived and all in all, nothing about this story makes sense...
Shadowdamage Shadowdamage 8 years
Actually every woman that is horrified and hurt by this story should be allowed to line up, walk up and punch him once in the face...hard. I reckon the first few thousand women will be the only ones he would feel. THEN he spends the rest of his life in a prison being someone's pet. Ok, I need to go look at pictures of unicorns and bunnies to calm back down.
Shadowdamage Shadowdamage 8 years
He blames everyone but himself. There's a lot about Austrian culture in these small towns which points to a "don't question your husband" mentality. I hope that isn't true, but if it is, it explains why the wife seems to be in utter, complete denial about having any awareness of it at all. I can't judge her though. This family is so screwed up, so utterly unlike anything we could possibly understand, and the psychological scars run very, very deep. From what I understand he was verbally abusive to her as she aged, and she was somewhat cowed by him. Is it an excuse - not really - but then women with husbands like this, sadly and classically, are often muted by the psychological (and sometimes physical/emotional) manipulation of their partners. I can't find a punishment fitting enough for this man.... I don't even know if killing him is enough, unless that gave the victims some sense of relief that he is gone forever. Me, given my attitude towards this ...(and here is a GOOD use for the word EVIL) evil man...I think I would want him punished in the same way he punished his daughter and family. But then I saw a bunch of the SAW movies this week so this is a bad time to start wondering how to punish people, brings out my mean side. :P
Captivate Captivate 8 years
He shouldn't have been released from jail after his first rape conviction in the 1960s. After reading the Wiki entry on the Fritzl case and various news articles, I'm even more repulsed by this sick creep. He's been quoted saying, "I was born to rape." and claimed he enslaved his daughter as an outlet to prevent him from doing worse to strangers. The children show signs of intense psychological trauma and fearful behavior in daily life. No mortal punishment is enough for all the damage he's done.
KadBunny KadBunny 8 years
Heh. Chained and sexually abused his own daughter. I don't know if you guys have seen the Hills Have Eyes 2 but that situation just reminds me of the monster at the beginning of the movie who impregnated a girl and kept her chained throughout the pregnancy. And there I was thinking "thank god that sh*t wouldn't happen irl".
outofhere outofhere 8 years
Hard to even find the words. This is beyond horrible, I can't comprehend it. The man has evil written all over him.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
I remember reading this story when it happened. It was sick and disgusting then... it is sick and disgusting now. Austria doesn't have the death penalty, so he'll be in jail for a long time. I'm just glad they finally charged him with murder on the baby that died so that he can get an even longer sentence.
eveday eveday 8 years
I hope for a punishment that would be a combination of Jessibanana's and Black Velveteen's views. That beast is truly disgusting.
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