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Austrian man locked up daughter in basement for 24 years

Posted on: May 7, 2008

Dubai: A 73-year-old Austrian man has confessed to imprisoning his daughter in a windowless cellar for 24 years and fathering her seven children, police said on Monday.

Police had said on Sunday a 42-year-old woman told them her father, Josef Fritzl, lured her into the basement of the block where they lived in the town of Amstetten in 1984, and drugged and handcuffed her before imprisoning her.

According to Austrian broadcaster ORF police suspected an extreme case of incest because the woman told them she has been abused by her father during her ordeal and had borne him seven children. Three of them stayed with her in the basement dungeon while one child died shortly after birth. Her father removed the corpse from the cellar and burned it, she said.

The 42-year-old woman has been named as Elisabeth Fritzl and said she had been abused by her father since the age of 11, police told reporters at a press conference held on Sunday afternoon in Vienna.

Fritzl’s wife Rosemarie had not been aware of what was going on while the man provided his daughter and the children with food and clothing, police said.

In a chronology of events outlined in a statement, police said Elisabeth Fritzl had apparently sent a letter a month after her disappearance asking her parents not to search for her.

It is not clear if this letter was genuine or faked, possibly written by Joseph Fritzl himself to prevent his wife searching for her daughter.

The case came to light when a 19-year-old unconscious girl was hospitalised in the town of Amstetten, some 150 kilometres west of Vienna, who apparently suffered from a mysterious disease. Doctors unsuccessfully tried to contact her mother and then alarmed the police.

Officers managed to spot the address of the girl, raided the house and found the girl’s mother together with the three other children.

“At the moment the investigations are continuing”, police colonel Franz Polzer was quoted as saying by ORF Radio on Sunday.

“We have taken DNA samples of all involved persons and are waiting for the results,” Polzer said.

According to Lower Austria criminal police, detailed result of the kinship between the involved persons are expected on Monday.

Police officials, meanwhile, confirmed the suspicion of incest against the 73-year-old who has been detained. He refuses to make any statement. Police as yet did not examine the dungeon because it is feared that the engineer has placed explosive traps there.

Neighbours of the family told reporters that they “cannot imagine” what had happened. The 73-year-old always has been “polite and friendly” when they met him occasionally on the street, they said.

The woman and her children have been brought to a crisis centre and are getting psychological treatment. They are exhausted but in stable condition, investigators said, except for the sick 19-year-old who has fallen into coma in the hospital.

wiki link if you wish to read more about this sad tale.

so she’s like 42 years old now. conversation came about today with my austrian colleagues about this horrifying tragedy. my head is still reeling every time i think about what the daughter and her sons went through. said my austrian colleague that one of the sons queried if the Moon was actually God upon seeing it for the first time. shocking.

also, had a phone conversation with a gal friend who had a spot of problem with our judicial system playing favoritism. won’t go into detail but suffice to say with humanity being so unfriendly, i too am stressed out worrying about my well being and life expectancy. at least more so within this country.

with the pilling workload and very little support, i’m more or less burning myself out daily. already i can sense a migraine coming along. maybe if we all make a silent wish for world peace, perhaps like once a day, perhaps then life would get better. good news is infectious. bad news is…demoralizing.

Malaysia…tak pasti…Boleh.

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