Tuesday, April 29, 2008


"Police in the Lower Austrian town of Amstetten
have arrested a 73 year old man who is alleged to have kept his daughter, now
aged 42, locked in the cellar of his house in Amstetten since 29th August
The man, identified by police as Josef Fritzl, is alleged to have
started sexually abusing his daughter, named as Elisabeth
, when she was eleven years old, and to have subsequently fathered
seven children by her. One of the children, one of a set of twins born in 1996,
died of neglect shortly after birth and the body was burned by the father. The
surviving six children, three boys and three girls, are currently aged between 5
and 20 years old. Three of the children were left on Josef F.'s doorstep and
subsequently raised as the adoptive children of Josef F. and his wife,
Rosemarie, while the other three children were left with their mother and never
saw daylight until she was discovered. Rosemarie F. is said to have been unaware
of her husbands' activities.
Police became suspicious when a 19-year-old
daughter, Kerstin, was taken to hospital with a mysterious life-threatening
illness, and the family's medical records were checked. Police say that
Elisabeth F. appeared to be "greatly disturbed" psychologically, and only agreed
to talk after the authorities assured her that she would not have to have
contact with her father, and that her children would be cared for.
The news
has shocked Austria, recalling the case of Natascha
who was kidnapped aged 10, and escaped after being held in a
"dungeon" for eight years in 2006.
DNA tests are to be undertaken to
confirm the paternity of the children"

I have no words.

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