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15 May 2008 :: 16:05:27 pm 29599

Josef Fritzl Incest Addiction Partly Attributable To Nazi Conditioning

Finally, Josef Fritzl, the Incest Monster of Amstetten, Austria, has broken his silence and admitted the motivations behind his incestuous obsession with his daughter, Elisabeth.
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The revelations were related to weekly magazine, News, by Fritzl’s lawyer. Apparently, Fritzl admitted “I knew Elisabeth didn’t want me to do what I did to her. I knew that I was hurting her. … It was like an addiction”. He said that the main reason he locked his daughter in the dungeon was to save her from the outside world. She had apparently been running wild, at least in his eyes, by frequenting bars, drinking alcohol and smoking, in addition to running away from home at least twice. This happened soon after puberty. “I tried to get her out of that swamp, organized her apprenticeship to become a waitress,” Fritzl related.”I needed to take precautions; I needed to create a place in which I could at some point keep her away from the outside world, by force if necessary.”

Fritzl also apparently had an obsession with the mystical number 7. He had seven children with both his wife, Rosemarie and Elisabeth. He only admitted to having incestuous relations with his daughter when she was 19, a year after imprisoning her, but Elisabeth contradicted this, saying in fact she was 11-yaers old when her father first raped her.

Once committed to the course of action, involving drugging and handcuffing her before locking his daughter up, there was no turning back for the Incest Monster, even though he admitted that throughout the 24-year imprisonment he was aware that what he was doing as not right. Although he admitted that “I must be crazy to do something like that,” nevertheless, Fritzl continued his schizophrenic existence, living half the time in what he described as his “empire” and the rest with his other family upstairs. He apparently continued to hoodwinked his wife, first maintaining Elisabeth had run away to join a sect, even composing a letter supposedly from his daughter for his wife’s benefit, saying they should not try to look for her. He followed this up with mysterious appearances of three illegitimate children, who were subsequently fostered or adopted by the “above-ground family”.

The children were foisted on Fritzl’s wife who apparently was prepared to take care of them as her own. The first, a baby, appeared outside the family home in 1993, supposedly abandoned by Elisabeth accompanied by a letter saying she couldn’t take care of it. The next child appeared in 1994. The final child appeared in similar circumstance to the first in 1997, yet again to be brought up in the upper family environment.

Despite Fritzl’s inhumane treatment of Elisabeth and three of their children, (one more, a twin, had apparently died soon after birth, the body being incinerated by Fritzl) keeping them in a subterranean existence for all of the children’s lives until they first saw the sun when released from their dungeon nearly two weeks ago, he described himself as civilized and as having wanted to have children by his daughter. Fritzl maintained he valued moral standards such as decency and good manners, but admitted his upbringing under Nazi domination and its stress on discipline could well have influenced him, which possibly accounts for his life in what he described as “the bunker”, like Hitler towards the end of his “reign”.

However, he denied that his caricature as a beast as portrayed in the media was a correct one. His lawyer is attempting to plead mitigating circumstances and insisting his client has psychiatric tests to establish whether he is fit to stand trial.

The BBC reported today, May 14, 2008, that Elisabeth, five of her children and her mother Rosemarie, have hand-written a poster thanking people for their support. The main message reads: “We, the whole family, would like to use this occasion to thank you all for your sympathy with our fate. Your compassion really helps us to cope with this difficult time and shows us that there are also good and honest people. “We hope that a time will come for us when we can lead a normal life again.”

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : PDN staff   Category : World News

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