Fritzl’s Mother Also A Prisoner

Josef Fritzl (right), his daughter Elisabeth (left) and her prison (below).
Josef Fritzl (right), his daughter Elisabeth (left) and her prison (below).

Josef Fritzl, the infamous Austrian who kept his daughter imprisoned in his basement, has now admitted keeping his mother locked in the attic.

It has emerged that Fritzl, 73, kept his mother in the bricked up room for years until her death in 1980 as revenge for her treatment of him as a child.

Fritzl, who is currently awaiting trial for the crimes against his daughter has claimed that he suffered severely at the hands of his mother while growing up: “I never received any love from her. She beat me and kicked me until I was lying on the floor bleeding. I had a horrible fear of her. She kept insulting me and told me I was a Satan, a criminal, a no-good.”

The allegations emerged after a report by forensic psychiatrist, Dr Kastner, was leaked to the Austrian press. The information was gained from six sessions with Fritzl in which he gives an insight into his twisted mind: “I locked my mother up in a room at the top of the house, I then bricked up the window so that she never saw daylight again.”

Fritzl’s mother had worked as a servant while raising him alone after an acrimonious divorce. Fritzl had continued to live with his mother and moved his wife and children into her home.

During his mothers incarceration Fritzl had already begun building the cellar in the basement with the purpose of imprisoning Elisabeth, now 42. He lured his daughter into the dungeon in 1984 and she remained trapped there until she became seriously ill last year when he relented and agreed to take her to hospital. Doctors then learnt of her predicament and contacted police.

It is estimated that Fritzl raped his daughter 3000 times during her captivity after losing interest in his wife when she gained weight. He father seven children with Elisabeth, one of whom died shortly after birth, and believed himself to be a good family man: “I always took very good care of all of my offspring,” he told the physchiatrist, recalling taking games and toys to the dungeon. “When I was with them we would all sit together and talk or watch television or cook together. We celebrated birthdays, Christmas and Easter.”

Prosecutors are to demand that Fritzl be tried and sentenced as clinically sane but then be confined in an instution for the criminally insane for the rest of his life on the basis of Dr Kastner’s report.

He faces charges of manslaughter, in relation to the baby that died, as well as rape, coercion, incarceration and incest.