Austrian Dad Charged With Murder, Rape, Slavery


Josef Fritzl, the man who imprisoned and abused his daughter for 24 years and later blamed Hitler, has been charged with murdering one of the children he fathered with his daughter.

Fritzl, 73, was found to be responsible for the death of a newborn in 1996 after he neglected to seek medical help when he knew the baby might die. Fritzl previously told police that the baby, one of twins, was born dead and he had burned the body. To learn some of the heartbreaking details uncovered from the case files (warning: they are truly awful), read more.

The case files offered some chilling details about Fritzl's violent behavior and history. He kept his daughter in the cellar of his apartment building for 24 years — raping her on a regular basis and fathering seven children with her. Apparently, he chained his then 18-year-old daughter for the first nine months of her captivity in 1984, drugged, beat, and raped her. Fritzl eventually filled the rat-infested cell with furniture, but regularly shut off power as punishment. He admitted to abusing his daughter soon after he was arrested, but didn't admit to killing the baby. Fritzl's trial isn't expected to begin before January 2009.

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