Elisabeth Fritzl is one of the many kids who have experienced child abuse.
She grew up with her parents Joseph and Rosemarie, along with her six siblings, in their humble home at Amstetten, Austria.
Elisabeth became the recipient of her father’s fits of anger and abusive nature. This is the reason why she wanted to run far away from home once she reaches 18 years old.
When she was finally 18, she started working at a restaurant in Linz, Austria. On August 29, 1984, however, Elisabeth went missing without a trace.
Her mother filed a missing person’s report once she realized that Elisabeth has vanished for good.
A month after her disappearance, a letter arrived at their home. Joseph Fritzl handed it over to the police for further investigation.
According to the letter allegedly written by the missing teen, she was staying with a friend and warned them not to look for her or she would leave the country for good. The mysterious part is, none of her friends also knew where she was.CONTINUE READING ON PAGE 2
Joseph believed that Elisabeth was under the supervision of a cult and was already brainwashed by them.
Little did everyone know that Elisabeth was in fact just under their noses. Her father turned out to be the culprit of her disappearance.
For years, Joseph has been hiding his daughter in a sound-proof room he made in their basement.
He would visit Elisabeth every three days to give her food and water.
Eventually, his physical abuse turned to s*xual abuse which resulted in Elisabeth’s pregnancy.
Over the course of her imprisonment, she gave birth to seven children, 3 of which are under the care of Joseph and Rosemarie.
In order to keep Rosemarie from knowing his secret, he told her that the children were left at their doorstep by Elisabeth since she probably couldn’t take care of them anymore.
One day, Elisabeth’s daughter Kerstin who was staying with her downstairs had a terrible illness. Elisabeth requested her father if she could take her to the hospital in order to save her life.
Joseph agreed and this is where his downfall started.
Doctors, and even his own family, were puzzled with Joseph’s story. According to him, he found Kerstin on the street. Without a mother and father in sight, Kerstin told the doctors the whereabouts of her mother.
Police arrested Joseph and he was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Elisabeth and her children, on the other hand, have undergone mental health treatment and were moved to an unnamed village in central Austria.
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