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Joseph Fritzl says "I was Born to Rape"

Joseph Fritzl, 73, is truly a living monster: After incarcerating his own daughter and brutally raping her for 24 years - fathering 7 children in the process - he now claims in interviews with a psychiatrist that he was born to rape. He is also under the delusion that what he did was not so bad and he should be commended for his restraint:

"Bearing that in mind I controlled myself for quite a long time." He added: "I could have behaved a lot worse than locking up my daughter."

Learn how this monster was finally caught and his daughter freed from captivity in a series of videotapes entitled: The Joseph Fritzl Story.

A court in St Poelten, Austria, which will be handling his eventual trial, commissioned Dr Adelheid Kastner, 46, of the Wagner-Jauregg psychiatric clinic in Linz to provide a psychiatric examination of Josef Fritzl, 73. Her report, conducted over six interviews, was compiled in a 130-page document. She concluded that although he was fit to stand trial, he would be "highly" likely to re-offend if he had the opportunity. 

“He was not only incredibly able to lead a double life but also managed to maintain a triple life without any problems,” Dr Kastner wrote, indicating that Fritzl played down the gravity of his crimes in his mind.

“Mr Fritzl resembles a volcano; under the surface that appears almost banal there is an evil streak. He is torn apart by his desires that he cannot master,” Dr Kastner wrote.

The report declared Fritzl clinically sane and fit for trial, but also diagnosed a “severe combined personality disorder and a sexual disorder”.

“It is to be expected that Mr Fritzl would perpetrate deeds with severe consequences also in the future,” Dr Kastner concluded.

On the basis of her report the prosecution has demanded from the court that Fritzl be tried and sentenced, then committed to an institution for the criminally insane, where he would receive psychiatric care and therapy including, if deemed necessary, medication.

The psychiatric report also shed some light on the life of Fritzl and some of the factors that may have influenced him from childhood. His mother, who was strict, neglectful and abusive, beat him and isolated him from other children until he started school. He said he was an “alibi child,” and his mother only had him to prove to her partner, who was apparently cheating on her, that she was not sterile. He explains:

“I grew up in a poor family. My father was a no-good scoundrel who always cheated on her and my mother threw him out of the house when I was four – and she was quite right to do so. After that, it was only the two of us."

However, according to the report, he was ignored by his mother, sadistically mistreated and constantly left neglected. Dr Adelheid Kastner said:

"As a child he suffered from a condition that sometimes affects boys and left him in incredible pain every time he urinated. His mother only bothered to take him to a doctor when a neighbour discovered how much the child was suffering and forced her to take him for treatment."

It also seems as if he had an Oedipus Complex with regards to his mother. In a previous interview he said:

“My mama was a strong woman. She taught me discipline, order and diligence. She enabled me good education and job training and she constantly worked hard and would take difficult jobs only to support the both of us. She was as strict as it was necessary. She was the best woman in the world. And I was her husband, in some way. She was the boss at home, but I was the only man in the house."

When asked whether he was sexually abused by his mother, he said: “No, never. My mother was decent, most decent. I loved her over everything. I have admired her. I admired her very much. But I have naturally not done anything. There was nothing there."

When asked whether there were any fantasies about her mother, he said: “Yes, probably, but I was strong, almost as strong as my mother, and I have therefore managed to suppress my urges."

Dr Kastner says Fritzl spoke of humiliating and unprovoked attacks by his mother in childhood.

"His childhood made him susceptible to an emotional handicap," she writes, creating the need for him "to possess an entire human being".

Fritzl said that he had tried to escape from the horror of his childhood by burying himself in books. As an adult he said he had thrown himself into his work as a way of suppressing his sexual desires. He described himself as a "volcano" who felt "torn" and had come to the conclusion that he possessed a "mean streak", and a "flood of destructive lava that was barely controllable".

Shortly after puberty Fritzl began sexually attacking girls and at the age of 32 in 1967 he broke into the flat of a 24-year-old nurse and brutally raped her at knifepoint. He spent 18 months in prison for that crime.

The report says Mr Fritzl believed incarcerating his daughter, Elisabeth, meant he would have someone "just for me". He said he had deliberately never looked his daughter in the face while he was raping her. Kastner said it had been his way of distancing himself from the situation. He said he stopped having sex with his wife, Rosemarie, on the day he allegedly sedated his daughter and took her into the cellar. "Finally I had someone who was just for me," he said. He also believed having children with her would mean she would have to stay with him as she would "no longer hold any attraction for other men".

"I only had so many children with her so that she would always stay with me, because as a mother of six she would no longer hold any attraction for other men."

He was said to have a thin grasp of the gravity of his crime, after expressing a belief that he would spend his final days with his wife and pleading for a short prison sentence so that he could continue running his property business to enable him to provide for his family.

In the report, Dr Adelheid Kastner writes: "Mr Fritzl was born as a disadvantaged child, which will have consequences for his entire life. His domestic situation was uncertain and he had to suffer a mother who demotivated him, denigrated him and was prone to violence – a home situation which was absolutely devoid of security and lacking in understanding of the basic needs of a child. It was a childhood that left him emotionally crippled. The degradation left his personality "severely deformed" and he has almost no ability to empathise with others.

Because of his anger at his mother, he developed a permanent need to dominate women. Because of this loneliness that he felt, he developed a need to "own a person" and to "have that person totally for myself" and create a "totally inseparable and irremovable connection".


His daughter Elisabeth was the terrible victim of the crippled person that he grew up to be.


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Reader Comments (13)

I have just finished reading the book "Monster" which tells the story of Elizabeth and her incarceration and the brute who did that to her. Fritzl is on a par with Hitler when it comes to evil, though sadly, this is a comparison that might please him. I agree he should be locked up but he deserves absolutely no rights or concessions whatsoever. I am sure there are people out there who think he is still a human being and needs compassion, but I don't agree. This is a case where the crime is so huge, it cannot possibly be linked to someone who could be classed as "human". I would like to see him locked up in solitary confinement, underground, for the remainder of his twisted life. I read in the book he sometimes reads about himself in the media and online. Hopefully, he reads about the world wide hatred for him. Is anything going to make him realise what he did to Elizabeth and her children?

November 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCaroline

He should rot in that prison of a cellar he trapped his daughter in for 24years. If he gets life in prison that will never be enough, hes old now he hasnt got much life left in him, for Elisabeth and her children they have to face the rest of their lives going through the pain and nightmares of what they had to go through for 24 years and it was longer for Elisabeth as she was being abused from the age of 11 by her rapist and controlling father.... As for the mother Rosemarie, did she know??? Comon its not hard to say she turnt a blind eye.
her husband goes to jail for 18months for rape what a slap on the hand - and she takes him back. Once a rapist always a rapist why take ur husband back and having innocent children put through his controlling ways, wouldnt you ask yourself what if he touches one of the children. Why stay with a mad man???
he is not human. no one should go through what this poor woman has went through. This world is cold and heartless and seems to be turning a blind eye on everything.
Why didnt social workers do more???
so many questions left un-answered

January 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDeirdre

the most unhuman and brutal story which has shaken my mind to the deepest core, just cant get over it!!!!

February 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterrimi

He should get the father of the year award or something similar, your awesome Fritzl keep up the good work!

March 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermiha

I am shocked that he spent only 18 months in prison for rape of the 24 year old nurse. If he was locked up for life (as any rapist should be)he would have a chnance to abuse another woman.

Austra should really re-examine its law system.

March 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAustrian Law?

Unfortunately, I am also the victim of incest and rape.
It has left me with a severe electra complex. I cannot orgasm unless I believe my father is raping me.

Sadly, even my father, who was much less the monster than this man, Fritzl, doesn't feel any empathy for his actions. I truly believe that Fritzl will NEVER feel guilt for what he has done.
He was only "scared" because he was caught.

I remain completely solid in my belief that he should be executed.

March 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermarie

I feel like that man should be done the way he did his daughter! I feel so much empathy for her and her children. My heart really goes out to them. What is unfortunate is the fact that though this was not right in any way she was abused and imprisoned from him for so long that she probably is going through grief and loss issues on top of it all.. I can not imagine how his wife did not know what was going on at all but when I read that she had reported to the police the phone call from her daughter and could not understand how she got the number as they were unlisted I had to calm down on my thoughts of her being guilty of knowing. In her heart there is no way she did not feel it, HOW SICK...

March 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterErica

No one was born to rape, so that is a bunch of b.s., there is no way to justify raping your daughter, or any human being for that matter. It is wrong plain and simple!

April 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbeautifulree143

Damn. I'm speechless.

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

That court result happened years ago. But yes, it should have been a longer sentence. If it had been, then the ordeal of Elisabeth may have been prevented.

July 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRon

I'm very sorry.

July 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRon

Marie, further to tis, have you sought counselling? I don't know where you are, but if you're in Austraia, a phone call to an organisation such as Lifeline may make a differece.

July 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRon

Even further to this, I meant to say "but if you’re in Australia, a phone call to an organisation such as Lifeline may make a difference." I was interrupted by this ...person ... so I did not have the time to check my spelling.

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRon

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