Austrian Man Admits to Imprisoning and Abusing Daughter for 24 Years

Austrian Admits to Imprisoning/Abusing Daughter for 24 Years

A 73-year-old Austrian man has just confessed to imprisoning his daughter in a cellar for 24 years and fathering her seven children, according to authorities. The head of the local criminal affairs bureau said that the man accused, "Josef F" had confessed during questioning. There's a press conference happening soon.

The woman abused is now 42, and has six surviving children fathered by her own father. Police said the woman, named Elisabeth, had told them that her father had begun sexually abusing her from the age of 11. She disappeared in August 1984 when her father Josef lured her into the cellar, drugging and handcuffing her before locking her up.

A letter in Elisabeth's handwriting arrived a month later asking them not to search for her so it was assumed she had run away. During the 24-year imprisonment, Elisabeth gave birth to seven children by her father, including twins in 1996. One of the twins died several days later because it had not received proper care. Josef's wife Rosemarie had no idea Elisabeth was being held in the basement of her house.

Elisabeth's case came to light after her eldest daughter required hospitalization, and doctors demanded to speak with her mother. Josef then released her, told his wife Elisabeth had decided to return home, and was almost immediately arrested.