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More Developments in the Austrian Incest Horror Story

Here's a quick roundup of new developments out of Austria in the Josef Fritzl incest story. The more details that come out, the crazier it becomes:

  • Dungeon Plans: Police say the Austrian man accused of holding his daughter captive for 24 years planned to build his secret cell as early as 1978, when she was just 12 years old. — AP
  • Held Behind Eight Doors: Elisabeth Fritzl was imprisoned behind eight locked doors during the 24 years that her father held her in the cellar of his house in Austria, police have revealed. — Telegraph
  • Captives Helped Build Dungeon: The "House of Horrors" captives were forced to help expand the prison that housed them as their numbers grew, Austrian police have revealed. — CNN
  • Wife Had No Idea: Meanwhile his wife fought to keep the troubled family together but never knew their child was in a soundproofed cellar beneath the apartment, her sister said. In an exclusive television interview with the Associated Press, a woman who identified herself as Josef Fritzl's sister-in-law provided intimate details of the oppression inside the Fritzl home, describing him as a "tyrant." — AP
  • Insanity Plea For Josef: A German newspaper has reported that Fritzl plans to claim insanity when the case comes to court. — Guardian
  • The picture allegedly shows Lisa, one of the three children from the cellar adopted by Fritzl and raised as his grandchildren in the house upstairs. Do you think Fritzl's really insane? Does it seem like the more information that comes out about the story, the more questions it raises? Are you following the story, or turned off by the whole thing?


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kazrules-2008 kazrules-2008 9 years
I also find it strange that her mother didn't wonder why her husband was spending so much time downstairs and disappearing for hrs down there. Wouldn't you be suspious? Also how did he deliver all those kids by himself?? Isn't it odd that there were never any infections or complications that never required any medical attention? Was she induced? How did he know when she was in labour? Some of those babys come fast without much warning. There had to have been something else going on.
kazrules-2008 kazrules-2008 9 years
Sad thing is, he knew exactly what he was doing all all times, so he is not insane!! He is a criminal and should be imprisoned accordingly. He's afraid to go there naturally because he knows he won't survive. What they should do is lock him in the basement for the rest of his life and have someone come in there once a week and torture him and rape him. What a sad story!!!
youaremagic youaremagic 9 years
I agree with LilPeaPod but he needs to be removed from our planet - To even comprehend this is part of the human race is difficult. Of course all brutality and disregard for human life would be a form of insanity, but this monster carried out his monstrous behavior systematically, with complete premeditation, and for almost a quarter of a century. I say blow him from the Earth plane immediately. Make light not darkness. This man make Darth Vader look like Peter Pan.
kristyrk kristyrk 9 years
When I first heard about this story, I thought it was some kind of sick movie plot line, but once I heard it was real, I felt sick to my stomach for hours. I seriously cannot fathom what 24 years of abuse and imprisonment in my own basement would feel like, not to mention the fact that some of the children she bore had never seen the light of day. I'm getting sick again just thinking about it. I don't think there will ever be a punishment fit for this crime.
pequeña pequeña 9 years
I think he will only face life imprisonment if it is proved that he burned one of his children in his house, when the kid died because of his neglection. I just hope his family will be able to keep on living and people will respect their privacy.
confused1 confused1 9 years
I’ve not been keeping up with this story and after reading this, my God this man is sick and needs to spend more than just life behind bard, he needs to be trteated the same! Also I have read the comments and not one mentioned....HOW DOES THE MOTHER NOT KNOW WHERE HER DAUGHTER IS FOR 24 YEARS?? I do not believe she did not know about this!
Darling-Nickie Darling-Nickie 9 years
Insane or not... either way... he needs to spend his life behind bars.
Auntie-Coosa Auntie-Coosa 9 years
Are we all voyeurs who want to peek inside a deviant's mind? Knowing all this information feeds other warped personalities. I don't think this needs to be continually placed in front of us and proclaimed as news. Once was enough.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
"He isnt sane, but he isnt "insane" does that make sense?" I agree. The insanity defense has always seemed a bit odd to me. You have to pretty "insane" to kill someone, molest them, or kidnap them. I think it is an over used defense.
VllyBallChck VllyBallChck 9 years
jessie jessie 9 years
I've been following it..tragic story. I do hope when it comes to trial (if it comes to that) that he doesn't just get a slap on the wrist, due to his "insanity". Hopefully they'll have some good lawyers on the case.
baltimoregal baltimoregal 9 years
I think there is a lesson to be learned here. If there's someone you know or know of that doesn't let anyone in their basement (including their family) it is damn well cause for alarm and should be investigated!!!
Geisha-Runner Geisha-Runner 9 years
The guy knew exactly what he was doing. Bottom line. Therefore, severe punishment is in order. I really want to see what Austria does with him. As long as they don't kill him. Death is a release, not a punishment.
modriana modriana 9 years
Is there anywhere I can go where I won't have to hear about this story every day. Why is it that when something sick and twisted happens we have to know every sick and twisted little detail?? What possible purpose can it serve? Dear Media: Leave the details for court - and stop making me look at creeping pictures of his hollow, icy eyes. Thanks.
yesteryear yesteryear 9 years
raciccarone: i have contacted my attorney, and my family's voodoo shaman. i suggest you take leave of this comment thread before you find yourself in jail. after you've been locked up you'll find that your entire family will forever be cursed by my special blend of 11 secret spices, and black magic.
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
While I do believe you are on the right track with Hillary Duff's debut album, I do believe you are still too soft. There are so many other artists from which to choose. My God! Have you heard Madonna's latest? I've released better work in tightly packed coils in my toilet! Put that on and let the twisted bastard listen to it until he feels what it is to have his soul crushed like a beetle under a never ending stamping boot! You need to get tougher Yesteryear. CitizenSugar is not a place for the weak.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
I agree -- he's more of a sociopath, not insane. This is an unfathomable crime. Immoral. Unethical. Injustice. I'm curious to see how Austria handles this.
tiff58 tiff58 9 years
Of course he's not sane, but it just doesn't matter. I'm with sexymixer...I don't even know how to comment on this. It's just too horific.
albeli albeli 9 years
He's a sociopath, but he doesn't meet the legal requirement for mental insanity IMO. The story is sick and heart-wrenching.
yesteryear yesteryear 9 years
i stand by my recommendation for punishment. the only thing i might change would be to wire up a few speakers to play nothing but hillary duff's first album, Metamorphosis, on a loop, forever.
Sexymixer Sexymixer 9 years
This story is so out of thr realm of my comprehension. I can barely watch it.
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
Although I agree with your sentiment, Yesteryear, I think that starving someone to death is too lenient. Where are the flesh eating rats? Where is the continual violation of his manhood? Where are the continual punches to his face and torso with a wet rope? You're a bleeding heart liberal.
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