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May 01, 2008

Josef Fritzl, Elisabeth Fritzl: Rape, Death Threats, Incest, Accomplice

Elisabeth_fritzl_color The horrifying story of the unspeakable acts inflicted upon Elisabeth Fritzl and the children fathered by her father, Josef Fritzl, just goes on and on.  The New Zealand Herald reports that he was a "despot" who, in addition to keeping his daughter locked up for 24 years while sexually abusing her and fathering 7 children with her, took great pleasure in humiliating his wife with whom he hadn't had marital relations in years.  "Sepp," as Josef Fritzl was known, would humiliate his wife of 51 years with "crude, dirty jokes" as well as "tell[ing] her off in front of the others." 

Sepp would go down to the basement every morning at 9 am to, allegedly, complete technical drawings of machines.  He would sometimes spend the entire night in the dungeon.  Fritzl, a retired electrical engineer, allegedly threatened his captives, his own flesh and blood, with being gassed to death if they disobeyed him. 

There is some speculation that he had an accomplice.  View the BBC video news report here.  Read the BBC News Report here.

In a ghoulish twist, he called his wife in 1994 and faked his daughter Elisabeth's voice asking her to look after the baby that she had left on the doorstep. 

Investigators reveal more details in this Reuters News Video.

Other Related Links

In Pictures: Austria Abuse Scandal, BBC News

New Video of Josef Fritzl On Vacation While Daughter Locked in Cellar

Austria: Police Questions as Josef Fritzl Clues Suggest Accomplice, Times Online

Austrian Teen Held Captive Since Birth in Critical Condition, Associated Press

Austria: DNA Tests Confirm Josef Fritzl Fathered Imprisoned Children, Times Online

Police Delve into "Horror Father's" Dark Past (Suspect in Unsolved Murder?) Inquirer.net

In another video, Dungeon Dad May Have Planned to Free Daughter (Associated Press)


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Why isn't this guy being prosecuted for kidnapping?

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