House of Horrors. The Horrific True Story of Josef Fritzl, by Nigel Cawthorne

By Nigel Cawthorne

In the quiet Austrian city of Amstetten within the balmy spring of April 2008, a really frightening imaginative and prescient of hell used to be came upon via police within the cellar of a standard suburban domestic. On 28 August 1984, possible decent relations guy Josef Fritzl had lured Elisabeth, the youngest of his seven youngsters, into the cellar in their kin domestic, the place he then drugged and handcuffed her in a windowless dungeon he'd spent years developing. For the following 24 years Josef held his daughter captive in unbelievable stipulations and many times raped her, fathering seven young ones. whilst the eldest captive baby, Kerstin, used to be admitted to health facility, Josef's sickening net of incest and abuse used to be exposed by means of the specialists. this is often the whole and completely aggravating precise tale of what occurred in these underground chambers of horror.

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It is clear that Fritzl had, indeed, once hunted humans – his rape victims. Even before his daughter disappeared into the cellar, he could have feasibly perpetrated a series of ghoulish crimes. Despite the removal of his 1967 rape conviction from the record, the Linz police now believe he was a suspect in two other sex attacks, in 1974 and 1982. He was also investigated for arson and insurance fraud on more than one occasion and there are indications that he had at least one other conviction. However, once again, the records have been expunged and the authorities said they were unable to give further details of the crime.

While her father pretended that he was keeping her safe from the dangers of the modern world, he was merely indulging his own selfish lust. Not only did he rob her of her life and freedom, he subjected her to an unimaginable hell of torture, physical violence, intimidation and sexual humiliation. He then inflicted this hell on three of the children he sired by her. There are not the words to condemn this man, nor is there any sufficient punishment for what he has done, but this book is not only about the depths of cruelty and vice a man can descend to, it is also a tale of courage.

Yet even in those early years, he was demonstrating a tendency towards sexual deviancy. His first brush with the police came when he was 24 after a complaint that he had exposed himself. The police say he went on to rape at least two women in Linz, where he was working in the 1960s. Only one of the victims brought charges. In 1967, Fritzl was convicted of rape and sentenced to 18 months in jail. He still struggles to explain why he betrayed his wife and his, by then, four children, by breaking into a ground-floor flat and raping a young nurse.

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