Austrian Incest Family Speaks Out For First Time

The family of Josef Fritzl, the Austrian man accused of imprisoning and raping his daughter in a cellar for 24 years, released their first public message, a hand-written poster hung in a local shop window thanking people for their support.

The sign reads:

We, the whole family, would like to use this occasion to thank you all for your sympathy with our fate. Your compassion really helps us to cope with this difficult time and shows us that there are also good and honest people. We hope that a time will come for us when we can lead a normal life again.

The message from the 18-year-old boy, who'd never been outside in his entire life says that he's relishing experiencing sun, fresh air, and nature for the first time. Local residents reading the sign have been reportedly moved to tears. The family is currently in the care of Austrian authorities who are protecting their privacy.