“How could a father imprisoned and raped her own daughter in their cellar for 24 years?” This is the question that first hit me when I heard this chilling story.
Josef F(left picture), 73 years old admits he hostaged his daughter Elizabeth F, now 42 years old in the cellar of their house in Amstetten, Austria - the same house where he and his wife lived. The vicious father starts molesting Elizabeth F when she was 11 years old. At the age of 18 she was reported missing with letters to her parents that she run away and not to look for her – this is a story enforced by Josef F who imprisoned her.
And imagine for 24 horrible years her father kept her in their windowless cellar(side picture) where her father repeatedly raped her resulting to 7 children, one of them died after birth. Josef burned the baby’s body in the oven and then threw it. Among the 6 kids, 3 of them was able to see the light of day and lived normally after Josef schemed out a plan to take and leave them in their doorsteps while their still babies with a letter from Elizabeth begging her parents to take care of them. These kids grew not having any clue that their mother and other siblings – Kerstin, 19; Stefan, 18 and Felix, 5 were held in the dungeon basement of the same house. For 24 years their father/grandfather brought the victims food, clothing and other necessities they need.
My next question then was how could the mother/Josef’s wife did not even notice all this? Policemen explained that the cellar where Josef kept her daughter was a basement constructed in 1960’s – entrance was via narrow and hidden door, controlled by electronic system and even soundproofed.
The crime was discovered when Elizabeth’s eldest – Kerstin, got very ill and needs to be brought to the hospital. With the doctors asking so many questions, Fritz was forced to bring out Elizabeth from their basement, took him to the hospital to answer questions on Kerstin’s condition. And at this point the authorities find out about her situation.
For Elizabeth who has been enslaved and abused for almost half of her life, I just hope and pray that she’ll get the right medical, psychological treatment and support she can have… and also for her children.
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