The shocking story of Elisabeth Fritzl who spent 24 years of her life in a cellular prison made by her father in the basement of her own house.
Who Was Elisabeth Fritzl?
Elisabeth was born on 6 April 1966 to Josef and Rosemarie Fritzl in Amstetten. Elisabeth had three brothers and two sisters. Her father was sexually abusive towards her and it all started in 1977 when Elizabeth turned 11. Elisabeth completed her secondary education when she was 15 and pursued her career as a waitress.
She was a disturbed child and did not want to live with her parents. In 1983, she tried to flee from her home and went to Vienna with one of her co-workers. Unfortunately, she was caught by the police and returned home within three weeks. Then she continued her job as a waitress.
Horrifying Captivation Of Elisabeth Fritzl By Her Father
This horrifying incident happened on 28 August 1984 when Josef Fritzl called his daughter Elisabeth to the basement of his house for some help. He asked the 18 years old girl to hold the door frame while he fixed the screw.
The innocent girl did as she was told without knowing that she was going to stay in that darkness for the next 24 years of her life. Josef made her unconscious by putting an ether-soaked cloth on her mouth and then pushed her into the cellular prison.
Rosemarie Fritzl started getting worried when she could not find her daughter for the whole day. She filed a report at the police station and started searching for her daughter. Josef Fritzl was behaving as if he knew nothing about the disappearance of her daughter.
The Fake Story Of Elisabeth’s Flee From Her Home
Josef Fritzl forced his daughter to write many letters that he used to hand over to his wife saying that Elisabeth had sent them.
Rosemarie received a letter one month after the disappearance of Elisabeth. The letter stated that Elisabeth had intentionally left her parents because she was tired of living with them. She is living happily with her friends and does not want to have any contact with her parents. Josef also pretended that her daughter had an interest in joining a religious cult.
What Happened To Elisabeth Fritzl In The Captivation?
Elisabeth spent 24 years of her life in the cellular prison made by her father. Josef used to bring food and other supplies to the prison. He used to visit her every day or sometimes thrice a week. She suffered from sexual abuse by her father that resulted in the birth of seven children.
Elisabeth’s first pregnancy could only continue for 10 weeks. As there was no sufficient medical care available and the young girl was living in horrible circumstances. After two years, in August of 1988 Elisabeth gave birth to Kristen.
The second child Stefan was born in 1990. Both the children lived in the prison along with their mother in the most bizarre circumstances. Josef continued abusing Elisabeth and even punished her and the children by depriving them of food.
One of the children died right after birth due to a lack of basic health care facilities and his dead body was incinerated by Josef Fritzl. Three children Lisa, Monika, and Alexander were brought upstairs to live with their grandparents.
Josef used to put the children on his doorstep with a letter from Elisabeth stating that she had left the children on her parents’ doorstep because she was unable to bring them up. One after the other, he used to wrap the children in a swaddle and projected that he had found them from the bushes outside their house.
Shocking Facts About Josef Fritzl
Josef Fritzl was born in Amstetten on 9 April 1935. His father left him and his mother when he was four years old. He was brought up by his mother who was extremely strict and used to beat him on minor issues.
It was reported that Josef was a very disciplined man at a young age. At the age of 21, he got married to Rosemarie who worked as a cooking helper. He was accused of raping a woman in 1967, it was reported that he threatened her with a knife and warned her that she would be killed if made any noise. But the case was dismissed after 15 years. It is also said that he had raped one of his sisters.
However, he was an electric engineer by profession and worked in Voestalpine as an electrician.
All About the Cellular Prison
Josef started the construction of the 15’x15’ dungeon 20 feet below their house in Amstetten in 1978. It has been gathered that he decided to make a cellular prison right after he started sexually abusing his 11 years old daughter Elisabeth in 1977.
There was no window in the prison but it had an electricity connection. There were many electric locks installed by Josef himself. Being an electrician he made a remotely operated lock for the main door. There were seven locks in total that were to be opened to reach Elisabeth.
He had threatened Elisabeth and the children that they would be gassed out if they tried to touch the door but the innocent family did not know that there was no gas supply in the prison. The cell of 380 sq. feet was expanded to 590 sq. feet after the birth of the first three children Kristen, Stefan, and Lisa. He also provided them with a TV set, a VCR, hotplates, and a fridge.
Fritzl’s wife believed that he was a hard-working man who daily went to his workshop in the basement and repaired old machines. Some tenants who lived in the same apartment said that they heard some strange sounds that Josef argued were coming from faulty pipelines.
Shocking Discovery Of Elisabeth Fritzl
Josef Fritzl had to bring Kristen to the hospital to seek medical attention. She was diagnosed with renal impairment and had to be admitted to the Landesklinikum hospital in Amstetten. When the medical staff asked Fritzl about the patient’s mother, he appeared with a letter written by Elisabeth.
The medical representatives found that the statements written in the letter were questionable. They immediately called police officials on April 21 to look deeper into the matter. Elisabeth’s disappearance case was opened again and an appeal was telecasted on media platforms for Kristen’s mother to contact the medical staff as soon as possible.
Josef Fritzl again appeared with a letter by Elisabeth which was written in January 2008 from Kematen. The officials decided to investigate the facts written in the letter. They searched out for the cult group that was mentioned in the letter and found that there was no church by this name in Kematen.
After knowing about Kristen’s deteriorating condition Elisabeth begged Josef to release her and take her to the hospital. Finally, Elisabeth saw the world for the first time in 24 years, and her sons Stefan and Felix faced the world for the first time in their life. Elisabeth immediately rushed to the hospital along with her father but they were taken into custody by police officials.
Elisabeth Revealed All the Heinous Crimes Of Her Father
In the beginning, Elisabeth was hesitant from telling anything to the police but later she agreed on the condition that she would never have to see her father ever again.
She explained how her father started raping her when she was eleven and then kept her locked in the cellular prison in the basement of their house for 24 years. She revealed that Josef used to force her to watch pornographic videos and later raped her in front of her children. She also said that one of his children died right after birth who was the twin brother of Alexander.
Josef Fritzl’s Arrest
Josef Fritzl was arrested by police on 26 April owing to the accusations of committing serious crimes against his family members. Police officials reached out the basement of Josef’s house after he admitted his crime and told how the prison was accessible through a hidden door secured by an electric lock.
A DNA report issued on 29 April revealed that Josef is the biological father of all Elisabeth’s children. On 19 March 2009, Fritzl was announced lifetime imprisonment owing to his heinous crimes including sexually abusing her 11 years old daughter, keeping her captivated for 24 years, falsely representing her flee from home, and being the reason for a newborn’s death in the cellular prison.
Where Is Elisabeth Fritzl And Her Children?
Elisabeth and her children were kept in a rehabilitation center where they were taught how to live in an open environment. The children had anxiety issues and found it very difficult to live in a place where they were surrounded by many people.
Later, all the family members were given new identities and they are living in an unknown village in Austria. Elisabeth has started a new life with her children and they like to spend time on the beaches and shopping malls.