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Josef Fritzl

Josef FritzlAKA Josef Stefan Fritzl

Born: 9-Apr-1935
Birthplace: Amstetten, Austria

Gender: Male
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Criminal

Nationality: Austria
Executive summary: Kept daughter in basement for 24 years

Notorious Austrian rapist Josef Fritzl made his first experiment in imprisonment in 1956. A new homeowner, he bricked up the windows in an upstairs room and locked his mother inside, telling neighbors she had died. Twenty years later, in the same house, he began abusing his 11-year-old daughter Elisabeth, while getting the permits in order for a basement expansion. The girl ran away to Vienna at age 17 but was returned by police. On 28 April 1984, Fritzl lured her into the basement and handcuffed her to a pillar, keeping her there as a sex slave for the next two decades. Various forged and dictated notes assured his credulous wife that the girl had simply run away again, joining a religious sect in Kematen.

Fritzl fathered seven incestuous children by his daughter. Three of them he arranged to be "discovered" outside by his wife, then joining the family upstairs. One son from a set of twins died in infancy; his body was disposed of in the incinerator. The rest were raised in the cellar and never saw daylight. The situation would have persisted indefinitely, but in 2008 his eldest incest-daughter -- now 19 -- suffered kidney failure, and Fritzl was persuaded by Elisabeth -- now 42 -- to carry the girl outside and take her to a hospital. Within a week the plot had unraveled completely. Fritzl was arrested, and, after a trial that lasted four days, he was sentenced to life imprisonment. The cellar children were released and gradually rehabilitated, but suffer lasting trauma and remain sensitive to sunlight.

Father: Josef Fritzl, Sr. (Nazi SA, abandoned the family 1939, d. 1944 war)
Mother: Maria Fritzl (d. 1956 or 1980)
Wife: Rosemarie ("Rosi", b. 1939, m. 1956, two sons, five daughters)
Son: Harald (with Rosemarie)
Daughter: Elisabeth Fritzl (b. 6-Apr-1966, with Rosemarie)
Mistress: Elisabeth Fritzl (his daughter, incestuous relationship 1977-2008, four sons, three daughters)
Daughter: Kerstin (b. 1989 with Elisabeth, lived in cellar)
Son: Stefan (b. 1990 with Elisabeth, lived in cellar)
Daughter: Lisa (b. 1992 with Elisabeth, then adopted by Rosemarie)
Daughter: Monika (b. 1994 with Elisabeth, then adopted by Rosemarie)
Son: Alexander (twin, b. 1996 with Elisabeth, then adopted by Rosemarie)
Son: Michael (twin, b. 1996 with Elisabeth, d. infancy)
Son: Felix (b. 2002 with Elisabeth, lived in cellar)

    Child Abuse
    Torture
    Incest
    False Imprisonment
    Coercion
    Manslaughter murder by negligence of son Michael (1996)
    Rape of his daughter Elisabeth (1977-2008)
    Rape Linz, Austria (1967)
    Indecent Exposure Linz, Austria (1967)
    Paternity Test Apr-2008



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