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An Austrian woman says she was kept prisoner and abused by her own father for 24 years in a basement dungeon in eastern Austria, where she bore him seven children, Austrian police said on Sunday.
The 42-year-old woman has been named by police as Elisabeth F. and told authorities she had been abused by her father, now 73, since the age of 11.
Originally posted by justyc
what i don't understand is the claim that his wife knew nothing at all about it! how can you live in a house all those years and not notice a thing?
Originally posted by CX
I know what you mean. For a start, you'd think his wife would start wondering where all the kids were coming from would'nt you?
Three of her children, aged 19, 18 and 5, had been locked up in the cellar with her since birth and had never seen sunlight. The younger two were boys, the eldest a girl.
Three other children -- two girls and one boy -- were adopted and brought up by Fritzl and his wife Rosemarie.
"I could have killed them all," reads the front page headline of today's Bild Zeitung. And Fritzl, dubbed a monster by the Austrian media, told his lawyer, Rudolf Mayer, "I'm not a monster," according to today's report.
"I could have killed them all, and no one would ever have known, no one would ever have found out," he reportedly told his lawyer.
Fritzl has confessed to locking up his daughter for almost 24 years, and fathering seven children with her during that time.
"If it wasn't for me, Kerstin would not be alive today," Fritzl is quoted by his lawyer as saying. "It was me who made sure she was taken to hospital."