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April 29, 2008

Austria Stunned by Case of Imprisoned Woman by Mark Landler, NY Times

Some things, such as this story, are too horrific to truly comprehend.

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AMSTETTEN, Austria — With his Mercedes-Benz and his fine clothes, Josef Fritzl looked every inch a property owner, neighbors in this tidy Austrian town said Monday. Even when running errands, they said, he wore a natty jacket, crisp shirt and tie.

Mr. Fritzl’s apartment house, its back garden obscured by a tall hedge, was his kingdom, one neighbor said, and interlopers were not welcome. On Monday, investigators in white jumpsuits combed the house and garden for clues. The authorities said Sunday that Mr. Fritzl, 73, had kept one of his daughters imprisoned for 24 years in a basement dungeon, where she bore him seven children.

The daughter, Elisabeth, now 42, is in psychiatric care, along with two of her children. Her eldest daughter, Kerstin, 19, who was also kept in the basement and whose illness pulled apart Mr. Fritzl’s secret after he had her taken to a local hospital, was in a medically induced coma and was in critical condition, the authorities said.

The authorities said Mr. Fritzl confessed Monday to imprisonment, sexual abuse and incest. The case has left this town of 22,000 people, 80 miles west of Vienna, in stunned disbelief. Neighbors milled around the three-story apartment building on Monday, watching the investigation unfold and asking how such an atrocity could have occurred in their midst. Continued...



Comments

I read about this last night and was floored, who could this go unnoticed for sooo long?

I love your blog!

greetings from Seattle!

Posted by: Rita at April 29, 2008 6:43 PM

Hi Andrea,
I've been keeping up with your blog but this is my first comment. Just wanted to say I love your blog... I usually read it for your photos/posts on NYC life (it's my "New York City survival guide!" -S&C)...but you have so many interesting stories as well...

By the way, you are so beautiful! Just out of curiosity, what's your mix? (sounds like a pick-up line...) I'm half-Korean, half German/Irish so I was just curious.

[By the way, this was a weird post for me to comment and give you props. This guy is abhorrent...sick)

AH.com: Hey thanks for reading and for the compliment! Funnily enough I am also half German/Irish but the other half is Taiwanese. It's also funny that this is the post you chose to debut your comment on :-)

Posted by: SuziQ at April 29, 2008 9:52 PM

That is horrible!

Posted by: amy at April 30, 2008 10:52 AM
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