Details of Rape and Incest Trial of Josef Fritzl Horrifying

March 17, 2009

(ChattahBox) — In the first legal salvo of a case whose multi-faceted horrors have both mesmerized and sickened most of the sentient world since they came to the public’s attention last April, the trial of 73-year old Austrian engineer Josef Fritzl began yesterday amid the rural solitude of St Pölten, Austria, as reported by the UK newspaper, The Guardian.

Charged with forcibly imprisoning his own daughter in a damp and airless underground tomb for 24-years, plus multiple counts of slavery, rape, incest and coercion, Fritzl said almost nothing in court, pleading guilty to the charges before him. The only charge he sought to deny was one count of murder for causing or enabling the death of a child in 1994; One of seven children he forced his own daughter to bear. Fritzl refused to fetch medical help for the child as this might uncover his deviant plot, and instead threw the dead child on a fire.

As her opening statement, in a trial that is expected to last more than a week, Chief Prosecutor, Christiane Burkheiser, explained to the court that Fritzl had deliberately imprisoned his daughter in repulsive conditions, with very little food and often no electric or heat, then proceeded to rape her at least 3,000 times over more than 20-years, while living upstairs with his wife. Fritzl lured her into the soundproof, purpose-built trap in August, 1984 when she was barely 18. The next time she saw daylight it was 2007.

The accused Engineer defended his actions, explaining that his own childhood was severely troubled, with an uncaring Mother, very few friends and no Father present at all. Defense Attorney, Rudolf Mayer, then tried to engage the Court’s humanity, ‘Try to see the accused as a human being,” he told the 12-strong panel, four of whom were replaced before the trial began as the stress proved too much for the initial selections. Throughout his daughter’s ordeal, Fritzl shared the house with his wife, who was apparently unaware of the horrors downstairs. Meyer explained that this conscious decision to care for both ‘families’ was proof that his client is not a monster at all.

During the trial, an eleven-hour video is due to be played into evidence, in which the victim, Elizabeth, now 20-years old and recovering with her six children in a local clinic, expounds on her Father’s abuse. Her detailed explanation is apparently so graphic, both the press and the public were removed from the Court before the first excerpts could be played yesterday.

The trial continues and a verdict is expected by the end of the month. German law does not offer the option of death, but if the charges are proven Fritzl could serve between 15-years and the rest of his life in a cell far more spacious than that in which he imprisoned his child.


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4 Responses to “Details of Rape and Incest Trial of Josef Fritzl Horrifying”

  1. Erica Koyet on March 17th, 2009 1:49 pm

    You…. you bastard. Twenty-four years without a breath of fresh air or a glimpse of light or a chance to talk. Joe, who cares about your depraved youth? You might have deserved pity once. But now all you deserve is horror. I’m praying for a lifelong stay in a compound for the criminally insane… but even there, you get a nice big cell with a window, even if it is barred.

  2. AladdinHotelAndCasino on March 17th, 2009 5:18 pm

    yeah, thinks that that little girl haven’t in that hell

  3. Dave on March 17th, 2009 6:26 pm

    Look at this link:
    http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1885811,00.html

    The Austrians permit this stuff.

    Never going to Austria.

  4. Sharon Lee on March 19th, 2009 11:25 pm

    The Judge needs to sentenced him to life imprisonment in the same cellar he forced his victims to be in, switch off the lights and throw away the key. Dear Elisabeth, I know that no sentence will be able to compensate you for the suffering you had to go through. Know that you did nothing wrong and that you did not deserve this. We all admire you and wish this did not happen to you. We all pray that God will remove this painful experience from your mind and will bless you with good memories and a good life from this point forward. It is all over. You have your life back now. Make the best of the rest of your life.

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