The Fritzl case came to public attention in April 2008, when Elisabeth Fritzl and two of the three children living with her emerged from their basement prison in Amstetten, Austria. Her own father, Josef Fritzl, had locked her in a hidden basement for 24 years. He had repeatedly sexually assaulted his daughter, which resulted in numerous pregnancies. He also forced her to give birth to their seven children in captivity. Elisabeth’s mother lived in the upper sections of the home, believing her 18-year-old daughter had run away.
In 2008, Elisabeth’s eldest daughter, Kerstin, fell ill. Elisabeth convinced Fritzl to take the 19-year-old girl to the hospital. There, doctors wanted more information on Kerstin’s medical history and made public pleas for the mother to come forward. Fritzl let Elisabeth - then 42 - out of the basement for the first time since she was 18. He took her to speak with the doctors, and the police then intervened.
The following year, Austrian courts found Fritzl guilty of multiple charges, including murder, rape, enslavement, and incest. He received life in a psychiatric prison. In 2010, filmmakers released the documentary Monster: The Josef Fritzl Story. By 2013, authorities sealed the cellar space where Elisabeth lived in concrete, although the rest of the building still stands. Elisabeth and her children are living somewhere in Austria and undergoing therapy.
He Began Molesting Elisabeth When She Was 11
He Locked Her In A Hidden Basement When She Was 18Video: YouTube
He Tied Her Up For The First Months Of Her Imprisonment
He Sexually Assaulted Her For Years, Allegedly In Front Of Their ChildrenVideo: YouTube
He Impregnated Her Eight Times
He Punished Her By Cutting Off The Lights And Food Supply