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Police Say Josef Fritzl Had Seven Children With Daughter He Held Captive For 24 Years

By David Lohr

Police in Amstetten, Austria are investigating a 73-old-man who they say held his 42-year-old daughter prisoner in a cellar for the last 24 years.  Police also allege the man, identified only as Josef Fritzl, fathered seven children with his daughter, Elisabeth Fritzl, one of whom died at birth. Details remain sketchy, but it appears that the case began to unravel on April 19, when one of the imprisoned children, 19-year-old Kerstin Fritzl, fell seriously ill.  According to police, Josef took Kerstin to a local hospital for treatment.  He allegedly informed hospital staff that Kerstin was his granddaughter and that her mother had been missing since 1984.  However, unbeknownst to Josef, Elisabeth had hidden a note on her daughter, alerting hospital staff that she was being held captive in her father's basement...continue to full post

Full post as published by Criminal Report Daily on April 29, 2008 (boomark / email).

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