In 2008, Fritzl’s case was solved by Elisabeth Fritzl, who told Austrian police that her father, Josef Fritzl, had had her for 24 years. Josef used to insult, attack and even rape her while she was being held hostage in the basement of her family’s house.
As a result, Elizabeth had to give birth to seven children. Three of them stayed with her mother, while Fritzl took care of the other three. Fritzl and Rosemary raised three, and one of them died shortly after birth.
Josef was arrested by the police on charges of kidnapping and rape. In March 2009, the court sentenced him to life in prison on all counts.
Elisabeth Fritzl, winemaker
Elisabeth Fritzl was the daughter of Joseph Fritzl and Rosemary of Austria. She was the youngest of 6 children and had 3 brothers and 3 sisters.
He was 11 years old in 1977 and abused his father. Upon graduation, Elizabeth prepared for the waitressing profession.
In 1983 she ran away from home and fled to Vienna with her friend. Within 20 days, the police found her and returned her to her parents. She retrains as a waitress and gets a job in the city.
How Elisabeth Fritzl ended up in the cellar
Josef Fritzl calls Elisabeth in 1984 for help repairing the cellar door in his Austrian home. Unaware of Fritzl’s intentions, Elisabeth went downstairs to help her father. As she was about to leave her, she was stopped by a small cloth soaked in ether being placed over her nose and mouth.
Elizabeth was unaware that her father planned to make her a sex slave. Josef Fritzl had been planning the construction of an underground cell for many years. Official approval was also given by city officials in the late 1970s.
Josef got permission to build nuclear bunkers in his basement during the Cold War, so it was perfectly normal.
Josef received a £2,000 grant from the parish council to help with construction costs. Before he could get to the basement where he intended to hold Elizabeth captive, he had to open a series of doors.
24 years in the basement
Elizabeth had to endure hell for the next 24 years, as the terror that fell on her was endless. She sometimes had to catch mice with her own hands. She remembered that summer was her worst season because of the unbearable sweat.
The rest of the world lived while Elizabeth was frozen and immobile. Her father first tied her up with an iron wire so that she could not move more than half a meter on each side of her bed. Then she would tie the chain around her waist, which gave her great mobility.
After a few months, the chain was removed, as it was causing problems with sexual intercourse. Josef sexually abused her and raped her several times a day for many years before she was released from her in April 2008. During those 25 years, he raped her no more than 3,000 times. As a result, seven babies were born. Elizabeth’s children must have witnessed her being abused as they grew up.
Three of her children were with her in the cellar, and three of her other children mysteriously appeared on the doorstep of Josef Fritzl’s wife, Rosemary.
Do you know where Elisabeth Fritzl is now?
After 24 years in prison, Isabel saw the sun for the first time. She went to the hospital to see if any of her children needed emergency care. Her father immediately took her to the basement, which aroused the suspicion of one of the hospital workers, who contacted the police.
The police rescued her and took her to the state aid center. Elisabeth received therapy in a town near her in northern Austria. According to the psychologists who visited her, she should undergo lifelong therapy due to years of trauma. Elizabeth received a new name.
Elizabeth now lives in a lively environment with her children, so there is little chance that she will remember the past.
Their children are between 17 and 35 years old. Some of her children have had trouble recovering due to anxiety and panic attacks. To return to a normal life, they had to follow a strict diet, exercise regularly and take psychiatric medications.
Rosemary, Elizabeth’s mother, initially had a rocky relationship. However, as time went on, things smoothed out and grew closer after the news from The Independent broke.
Where is Josef Fritzl?
Josef Fritzl, his father, is currently imprisoned in the Garsten Monastery. suffer from dementia Josef Fritzl changed his last name to Josef Mayrhoff because he did not want to reveal his identity.