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The Crimes of Josef Fritzl / 978-0-00-730056-3
When the horrific news broke that a violent and psychotic father had been found keeping his daughter locked in his cellar for over two decades, and had frequently raped and beaten her, I – like many others – was shocked. In the aftermath of the horrifying incident, I assumed that the man was some kind of criminal mastermind, that his wife / children / neighbors (in short, all the people who would have been best poised to understand the situation and
When this story broke in the media I was horrified, however found the reports disjointed and didn’t feel like I was getting the whole story. How could someone imprison their daughter for 24 years in the cellar of their house, on a busy street, with neighbours, lodgers and their own family living above, and get away with it? Not only that, but they have 7 children with this daughter, no medical intervention, no help, and still no one notices. Three of these children come ‘up stairs’ and are mirac
Hence when I found this book in a local charity shop I was intrigued. OK, so the narrative is repetitive and the book could have been half the length and still have covered all the relevant points (but then having seen some of the comments raised by the idiot masses on the subject, maybe repetition was required to actually get the points ac cross!!!), although on the whole it does give an insight into the events. No one but the victims will really know what went on in that cellar, but this does go a long way to provide a view point.
The book not only looks at the events of the actual imprisonment, but also a brief history of Austria and Josef’s upbringing. This is presented to provide Josef with an alibi or present him as blameless, but to give you an insight into his irrational mind. I just wonder if this mind had been used for a more useful purpose what could have been?