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Elisabeth Fritzl Talks About Her Dad

Elisabeth Fritzl, 42, imprisoned and repeatedly raped for 24 years has begun to describe her life as a sex slave, kept alive only to serve the depraved sexual desires of her own father, Josef Fritzl. She bore him 7 children (6 of whom survived) while she was his captive in a dungeon built under his house. She and 4 of her 7 children had no contact with the outside world; they had no friends; they never once were allowed outside; they never even saw the sun; in fact nobody but Josef Fritzl even knew that they were alive.

On the 28 August, 1984, Josef Fritzl locked his daughter Elisabeth in the cellar of the family home in Amstetten, Austria. Her indescribable pain, suffering, humiliation and degradation would last 8,516 days until her release on the 26th April, 2008. See the complete story of their captivity and rescue in a 5 part video documentary entitled The Josef Fritzl Story.


As prosecutors prepare the case against Josef Fritzl, which will hopefully go to trial before the end of the year, his enslaved daughter, Elisabeth Fritzl, has given her testimony to Austria's top female judge, Andrea Humer, excerpts of which were published in the Sun. In her interview with Ms Humer, Elisabeth said that her father threatened to leave them to rot in the cellar, which had no windows and was sealed by an electronically-locked door.

"He said he could close the door whenever he wanted and then we would soon see how we survived," she said.

The judge asked: "Did you take these threats as real?" Elisabeth replied: "Yes."

Elisabeth told the judge that she was raped up to three times a week by her father. She said that it was useless to resist because if she refused him, he would take it out on herself and the kids. He also threatened to leave her and the children to die in the cellar if they did not follow his commands.

"He was very brutal against me, and when I did not agree to have sex, then the kids would suffer. We knew he would kick us or be bad to us."

Elisabeth said she tried to give her children as normal a life as possible in their captivity, locked away in the dungeon. Whenever her father was not around, she would entertain them by singing to them and telling them stories. But when her father came to visit, the entire atmosphere dramatically changed.

"When he went away we led our own lives. When he was down here it was all silence. When he came down to the cellar we just tried to survive. He was just all-powerful."


She said her father regularly bullied them into subdued silence, punishing them if they dared to answer back.

"He wouldn't let the kids develop their own personalities. He didn't like them to talk back. At the beginning, when they were small, it wasn't such a problem. But as they got bigger and started developing a personality it was more of a problem. He did not like it and he tried to stop it. He would not allow the kids to have their own will."

It has been reported that the children are unwilling to testify against their father, but with the detailed description provided by Elisabeth of her experiences, their testimony may not add anything of value to the prosecutor's case.

Josef Fritzl himself gave an interview earlier to try and defend his actions. Fritzl maintains he acted out of love in imprisoning Elisabeth when she was 18 and keeping her in his cellar dungeon, where she was tortured and raped, giving birth to seven children.

"I grew up in the Nazi times, and that meant the need to be controlled and respect authority. Yet, despite that, I am not the monster that I am portrayed as in the media."

Josef Fritzl would be hard pressed to find anyone who agrees with him. Along with his own admission of having sex with his daughter and her testimony to judge Andrea Humer, prosecutors are hoping to bring as many as 3,000 counts of rape against the 73-year-old Josef Fritzl. In fact they are also looking into adding manslaughter charges for Fritzl's role in the death of one of his children, Michael, who died shortly after birth in 1997 and whose body Fritzl burned in an incinerator.

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kill him pleaseeeeeeeeeeee

September 14, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterhena

kill him

September 14, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterhena

This case doesn't need court, trail or testimony time. Put the monster in captivity and send someone who rapes him three time per week for the rest of his life. Also give him duty in the cellar: Purchase 7 little puppies that he must take care of round the clock. After the puppies become dogs and those dogs produce puppies: still it is monster Fritzl's duty to take care of the whole gang. Let the place be a zoo.

regadless; He will never suffer as much as his daughter and her children had suffered.

September 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSaba

I totally agree with Saba except on one thing which is the "zoo". He should be locked up somewhere where there's no sun or air just like where her daughter had to live and as about killing him ......... no way .Why should he have it easy. It should be a real slow,painful death.

September 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterK

God keeps those kids safe. Our sympathies go to Elizabeth.

September 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterVasu

He should be locked in the cellar and never allowed to see daylight again and should be raped at least three times a week by another man.

September 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBQ

P.S. One more thing....make sure the men sent to rape him assure him that it is all in his best interest.

September 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBQ

i know we are all really affected by this story and it stirs up rage and compassion and hope and joy for this family but i would just ask anyone who cares to leave a comment, be sensitive to any family members who may be reading and to them i would say. i can't fathom, in my whole life, but never despise your exsistance. I hope the rest of the life of this family is powerful and full of healing. They really are thought of in the most positive way, no person should have to endure what they've endured.

September 22, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterlisa

Death would be merciful for this sub-human beast masquerading as a man. Websters Dictionary should now create a new name for that level of evilness.

September 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGary

I feel so much for Elisabeth, even more than the hatred I feel for the monster that imprisoned her. Being the same age as her I know how much she has missed over the last 24 years. To say that I admire her strength and determination is an understatement of massive proportion. She is the heroine that one can only read about in biblical texts.

September 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGary

Meu Deus! Como fiquei sensibilizada com tudo que li sobre esta tragédia.
Elizabeth o mundo todo torce para que você consiga dar a volta por cima e ser verdadeiramente feliz.
Realmente é um caso que não precisa de tribunal!!!!!!!
Acho que o ser humano que se prontificar,a testemunhar a favor deste monstro, também é um criminoso.
Como você é muito equilibrada tenho certeza da sua vitória juntamente com seus queridos filhos.
A vontade que temos é de te dar um abraço bem apertado e dizer: -Acabou, daqui pra frente é só vitória!

September 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAna Lúcia

I am afraid there are another Elizabeth still being prisoned right now by an evil while I write this statement in my 3X4 dark comfortable bedroom. It drive me crazy to think about it. How we could do to stop this madness?

September 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMe

this devil must be kept in the worst section of hell for even more than ever. Elizabeth has had an unbelievable strength to survive the condition . only GOD can heal their pain , but unfortunately there are lots of girls being abused by their fathers or brothers right now and I always wonder how we can help them out ...

October 1, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterange avedon

Kill that son of a......mother

October 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAjmain Adib

the cursed man should be kept in his own cellar and let rot in his own sinful ways..he should be stripped of all clothes and one feed everyother day just to keep him alive...the evil junk head should be displayed to others through a glass..and every other man doing the same sin should know the consequence ...he should never be called with a Mr. but as slug.fritzl....his lie ridden wife 'rose' should watch him and rot in her own hell

October 7, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterusha

Rabbi Fritzl should be stuffed into a portable toilet and lit on fire.

October 8, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermutedmajority


October 13, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterrebecca moses

Torture him. Then kill him.

Let a gang of prisoners have their way with him.

October 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHouston

kill himmmmmmmmm hit him or let pl somebody kill him

October 28, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterhena

Oh yes..and Pleassssseee...take Fritl's wife and lock her away with him!!! And don't tell me that she didn't know ANYTHING...including his mother locked away for 20 years ! Puhleeaseee..she's just as guilty as him. I hope Elizabeth tells her to go away...and just leave them alone !

November 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJackie

elisabeth will go to heaven because she has already been to hell. i admire this lady so much and i pray that God will keep her in his arms forevermore and that she will find the peace she deserves

as for josef...

he should be kept in a cellar with no natural light and very little fresh air. 3 times a week, a homosexual prisoner should be left for the night in the cellar with fritzl. let the dirty bastard know how it feels!

November 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkaren aliotta

He might enjoy the 'rape' very much.Be carefull in sending the men there.
A better thing is to mince his penis and make him eat it raw

November 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMaya

He should be locked in a very same cellar that he built for his own daughter, with no light and minimal food. I believe he wouldn't last long.

As for Elizabeth....

All I can say about her, God bless her and her children. She didn't do anything wrong, she was a victim of a devil. I hope that her life will be filled with love, joy and healing and I also hope that she will encounter nice and decent people in her life, that she can trust again.

November 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEmma

Sadly, there has and will allways be men with disfigured minds who walk this earth and there will allways be children who have and will fall prey to them.

I too had a dysfunctional start to my life, with an authoritarian abusive father and a mother that lived in complete denial of his actions, rejecting me emotionally as she denied.

Early childhood experiences coupled with maternal and fraternal love are in my eyes the biggest precursor to the mental health of people and to this end I have researched the early life of my parents and believe they endured a dysfunctional beginning to their lives. I now have total freedom from their humiliating grip and know that what they did not take from, me was my ability to love and be loved, that stayed with me all through my abuse and I feel this was with Elizabeth too. There always was another day, there always seemed to be a force far greater working to help me get through it.

I have some advice for the kind people who want to see harm done to these disfigured men and women, don't raise your blood pressure conjuring all dreadful deads that can befall them, it really serves no purpose! It will only work like a cancer in you if you harbour bad thoughts, just always remember one verse, for fun I will say it in Latin... it sounds better;


November 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMelody

I agree with everybody, but I don't think anyone would want to rape the old dirtbag. Someone would have to use a boomstick on him. First I was thinking of a huge gorilla, but gorillas have tastes, too.

My heart goes out to this poor girl. She had the bad luck of having been born to sadist father and an idifferent, selfish mother.

November 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEva

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