Josef Fritzl – REPEAT SEX OFFENDER – "Born to Rape"

Josef Fritzl, the Austrian builder who locked his daughter in a cellar and fathered seven children with her, sees himself as a born rapist, a victim of his own tyrannical mother.

According to the first leaked account of interviews with a forensic psychiatrist, which is due to appear in two Austrian newspapers today, Fritzl hatched his plan to incarcerate his daughter, Elisabeth, while he was in prison for rape.

“I have realized that I had a mean streak. For someone who was born to be a rapist, I have managed to contain myself for a relatively long period,” Fritzl is quoted as telling the psychiatrist in a 130-page report leaked to the tabloid newspapers Kronen Zeitung and Österreich.

Fritzl, 73, is awaiting trial for sexually abusing and incarcerating Elisabeth, 42, in a purpose-built dungeon beneath his house in the town of Amstetten. He fathered seven children by her, one of whom died shortly after birth and Fritzl burnt his body in an oven.

Three of the surviving children were allowed to live upstairs with him and wife, Rosemarie, 69, while their three siblings were condemned to a shadowy existence with their mother in the cellar. They never saw daylight until they were freed by police on April 26. It emerged that Fritzl had a previous criminal record for sexual offences.

In 1967 he was sentenced to 18 months in prison for brutally raping a 24-year-old woman at knifepoint in her home.

According to the report compiled by Dr. Adelheid Kastner, a prominent forensic psychiatrist who conducted in depth interviews with the builder, Fritzl found the “ideal solution” to his deranged fantasies after he was released from prison. It was then that he decided to lock up his daughter in the cellar so that he could “live out” his “evil side” while leading a seemingly normal life in the flat upstairs.

Fritzl told the psychiatrist that his relationship to women was shaped by his experience with his abusive mother, who allegedly beat him and isolated him from other children until he started school. He was an “alibi child,” Fritzl told the psychiatrist – his mother only had him to prove to her partner that she was not sterile.

Dr. Kastner came to the conclusion when she was dissecting the personality of Fritzl that the builder managed to distance himself from what he was doing by never looking his victim in the face when he raped her.

“He was not only incredibly able to lead a double life but also managed to maintain a triple life without any problems,” Dr. Kastner wrote, indicating that Fritzl played down the gravity of his crimes in his mind.

“Mr. Fritzl resembles a volcano; under the surface that appears almost banal there is an evil streak. He is torn apart by his desires that he cannot master,” Dr. Kastner wrote.

The report declared Fritzl clinically sane and fit for trial, but also diagnosed a “severe combined personality disorder and a sexual disorder”.

“It is to be expected that Mr. Fritzl would perpetrate deeds with severe consequences also in the future,” Dr. Kastner concluded.

On the basis of her report the prosecution has demanded from the court that Fritzl be tried and sentenced, then committed to an institution for the criminally insane, where he would receive psychiatric care and therapy including, if deemed necessary, medication.

The trial is expected to start early next year.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte

Josef Fritzl – REPEAT SEX OFFENDER – "Born to Rape"

Josef Fritzl, the Austrian builder who locked his daughter in a cellar and fathered seven children with her, sees himself as a born rapist, a victim of his own tyrannical mother.

According to the first leaked account of interviews with a forensic psychiatrist, which is due to appear in two Austrian newspapers today, Fritzl hatched his plan to incarcerate his daughter, Elisabeth, while he was in prison for rape.

“I have realized that I had a mean streak. For someone who was born to be a rapist, I have managed to contain myself for a relatively long period,” Fritzl is quoted as telling the psychiatrist in a 130-page report leaked to the tabloid newspapers Kronen Zeitung and Österreich.

Fritzl, 73, is awaiting trial for sexually abusing and incarcerating Elisabeth, 42, in a purpose-built dungeon beneath his house in the town of Amstetten. He fathered seven children by her, one of whom died shortly after birth and Fritzl burnt his body in an oven.

Three of the surviving children were allowed to live upstairs with him and wife, Rosemarie, 69, while their three siblings were condemned to a shadowy existence with their mother in the cellar. They never saw daylight until they were freed by police on April 26. It emerged that Fritzl had a previous criminal record for sexual offences.

In 1967 he was sentenced to 18 months in prison for brutally raping a 24-year-old woman at knifepoint in her home.

According to the report compiled by Dr. Adelheid Kastner, a prominent forensic psychiatrist who conducted in depth interviews with the builder, Fritzl found the “ideal solution” to his deranged fantasies after he was released from prison. It was then that he decided to lock up his daughter in the cellar so that he could “live out” his “evil side” while leading a seemingly normal life in the flat upstairs.

Fritzl told the psychiatrist that his relationship to women was shaped by his experience with his abusive mother, who allegedly beat him and isolated him from other children until he started school. He was an “alibi child,” Fritzl told the psychiatrist – his mother only had him to prove to her partner that she was not sterile.

Dr. Kastner came to the conclusion when she was dissecting the personality of Fritzl that the builder managed to distance himself from what he was doing by never looking his victim in the face when he raped her.

“He was not only incredibly able to lead a double life but also managed to maintain a triple life without any problems,” Dr. Kastner wrote, indicating that Fritzl played down the gravity of his crimes in his mind.

“Mr. Fritzl resembles a volcano; under the surface that appears almost banal there is an evil streak. He is torn apart by his desires that he cannot master,” Dr. Kastner wrote.

The report declared Fritzl clinically sane and fit for trial, but also diagnosed a “severe combined personality disorder and a sexual disorder”.

“It is to be expected that Mr. Fritzl would perpetrate deeds with severe consequences also in the future,” Dr. Kastner concluded.

On the basis of her report the prosecution has demanded from the court that Fritzl be tried and sentenced, then committed to an institution for the criminally insane, where he would receive psychiatric care and therapy including, if deemed necessary, medication.

The trial is expected to start early next year.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte

Safe Harbor for Prostituted Children

There are no child prostitutes.

There are only prostituted children.

Children who are pressed, prodded and pummeled into selling sex, should be treated like victims — which is what they are — not like criminals. That’s the paradigm shift that a bill awaiting action on Gov. David Paterson’s desk would mandate. Paterson should sign it.

The “Safe Harbor” legislation would change the current practice of routinely arresting, prosecuting and jailing children — those under the age of 18 — for prostitution. Authorities would be required instead to provide them with state supervision and services such as shelter, crisis intervention and help toward a better life.

That would cost some money, which may be the rub. The state would need to provide safe houses and also some longer-term housing options to provide a way out of the sex trade for teens whose family situations make going home impossible. That should be done as cost-effectively as possibile — for instance by adapting current facilities to this new use — but it has to be done.

Children can’t legally consent to sex. That’s recognized when they’re trafficked across national borders and forced into sexual slavery. And it’s recognized when they’re abused by pedophiles. It should be no different when the child is American, the predator is a pimp and the pedophile is a “John.”

Leonard Auerbach – Sex Tourist Fugitive

According to the U.S. Attorney’s office in San Francisco, Auerbach was accused of travelling to Costa Rica for “child sex tourism” more than 40 times between 2003 and 2007.

Cuba announced Friday it had handed an American accused of travelling abroad to have sex with children over to the United States in a rare sign of judicial cooperation between the two countries.

The Cuban foreign ministry said it had deported to the United States Leonard Auerbach, a California mortgage banker who was pursued by U.S. authorities on charges of repeatedly going to Costa Rica to have sex with minors, and possession of child pornography.

The ministry said Auerbach, 61, arrived in Cuba on April 8 from Mexico “in order to escape U.S. justice.”

It said that based on information submitted by U.S. authorities, he was detained in Cuba on May 7, and then handed over due to the “serious” charges against him.

It did not say how Auerbach was transferred to the United States.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s office in San Francisco, Auerbach was accused of travelling to Costa Rica for “child sex tourism” more than 40 times between 2003 and 2007.

Auerbach was declared a fugitive after failing to appear in court for arraignment April 9.

He is the fourth American handed by Cuba to U.S. authorities since July 2006, when Raul Castro took over the presidency from his ailing brother Fidel Castro.

In October, Cuba deported John Bradley Egan, who faced charges of bank fraud and identity theft, after the suspect was detained when his yacht suffered mechanical problems in Cuban waters.

In April 2007, Cuban authorities handed over Joseph Adjmi, who had been a U.S. fugitive since 1963, when he was sentenced to 10 years in prison for mail fraud.

David Ray Franklin, who stole a plane and fled to Cuba with his son, was handed to the United States in October 2006.

The United States has recognized some Cuban cooperation, but diplomats in Havana said about 70 per cent cases remain.

Cuba has only occasionally handed over suspects to the United States in half a century of communist rule on the island.

Josef Fritzl – The face of a monster


Elisabeth Fritzl was forced to help build the dungeon where she was kept by her sadistic father Josef, it emerged yesterday.

For the first nine months of her 24 years in captivity, she was also tethered with a 5ft dog leash around her neck to prevent her escape.

Elisabeth, now 42, had been sexually abused by her father since the age of 11.

She ran away from home at the age of 16 but was dragged back by Fritzl and locked up when he suspected she was planning to leave again.

For the first nine years, he imprisoned her in a grim 15ft by 15ft box room which had a makeshift toilet in one corner.

She told police that Fritzl forced her to help drag a 600lb concrete and steel door into position to seal the dungeon.

It was only when it was in place that she discovered she had helped to build her own prison.

Fritzl finally agreed to expand the cellar – again with Elisabeth’s help – after she had given birth to two of his children.

He forced her to dig out the chambers by hand, working for hours at a time. The process took nearly a decade.

One of the new rooms was used as a punishment area and Fritzl would take his daughter there and rape her.

He also used it to chastise the three of their children – Kerstin, 19, Stefan, 18, and six-year- old Felix – who lived underground with her. Their siblings Lisa, 16, Monika, 14 and 12-year-old Alexander lived a ‘normal’ life upstairs.

Franz Polzer, who is leading the police investigation, said: “She said that there was only one single room at first between 1984 and 1993. The dungeon was expanded as the children were getting born.

“There are still areas we haven’t found inside the dungeon and I expect it to take at least two weeks before we have answered all the questions we need to about how Fritzl controlled the areas and imprisoned the children.

“Areas of the dungeon appear to have been under construction and it is possible Fritzl may have been planning to expand it even further.”

Austrian police said the air inside the inner chambers was so stifling they have been forced to drill holes to allow investigators to breathe.

The grim details emerged as police revealed that Fritzl, now 73, could escape justice by pleading insanity. A team of psychiatrists are due to examine him today at St Poelten Prison, after which he is expected to be officially sectioned.

Police want to see him die in prison but under the country’s law the maximum sentence – even for double murder – is 15 years. That can be reduced to ten for good behaviour.

So far Fritzl is facing charges of rape, incest and kidnap.

Prosecutors also want to see him charged with murder following the death of his and Elisabeth’s three-day-old child 12 years ago. And if Kerstin – who is suffering from multiple organ failure – dies, he could face another murder charge because of the delay seeking medical treatment.

Detective Inspector Polzer said: “We want to see this man die in prison. It will take a lot longer than ten years for his victims to recover from what he put them through.

“The man is evil beyond words. The misery he has inflicted on his family is unimaginable.” But Fritzl’s lawyer, Rudolf Mayer, said: “In my personal opinion, Josef Fritzl is mentally ill and therefore not responsible for his actions.”

Fritzl is said to be obsessively watching TV reports about the incarceration and abuse of his daughter from his isolated cell.

He receives up to four bags of hate mail a day – but is said to remain unrepentant. His wife Rosemarie, who police believe was completely unaware of his double life, has also received hate mail.

One letter read: “You must have known when he went on holiday to Thailand that he was messing around with children. Your sick paedophile husband should kill himself.”

Mrs Fritzl is living in a specialist unit in a psychiatric clinic with her daughter and five of her grandchildren.

Doctors have installed an aquarium for Stefan, who is having difficulties speaking and moving due to his years of captivity.

Elisabeth has been making secret visits to Kerstin’s hospital bedside, praying she will recover.

But local priest Franz Halbartschlager, who was called in to perform the last rites on the sick teenager soon after she arrived in hospital, said Kerstin was ‘pale and thin’.

‘She was in a coma between life and death,’ he said after his visit last month. “I prayed for her.”

Rosemarie’s sister Christine said that the family was struggling to comprehend what had happened.

She added: “My sister is doing very badly and Elisabeth is not in the best shape either.

“I know my sister and when something is wrong with her children the world collapses. For sure, the world has collapsed for her.”

She said she was sure her sister did not know what was going on in the cellar of the family’s house.

“We spoke about it often when we met. And I would say, ‘Rosemarie, where can Elisabeth be?’ I even told her myself, she is definitely in a cult.”

In police interviews, Elisabeth said that at the start she had fought against the imprisonment, banging on the walls and screaming until she could no longer speak, but no one had come as the weeks turned into months, and the years into decades.

She said she had eventually stopped arguing with her father who in turn had stopped beating her as frequently.

Eventually she had become pregnant with Kerstin, now 19, and she had informed her father – fearing that he would be furious because he would now have to release her to go to hospital.

He had reportedly replied: “Do not think you are getting away from me so easily.”

Details of the birth have not been spoken about by Elisabeth but afterwards Fritzl had continued to return frequently for more sex, at least once every three days.

After Kerstin there were further children, Stefan, 18, Lisa, 16 Monika, 15, Alexander, 12, whose twin brother died from neglect before he could even be given a name, and finally Felix, 5.

Elisabeth remained in the cellar until last month when her daughter who had reportedly suffered from epileptic attacks since birth, started once again to get severe cramps.

He agreed reluctantly to take Kerstin to hospital but only after chillingly making Elisabeth write a note to doctors.

It read: “Wednesday, I gave her aspirin and cough medicine for the condition. Thursday, the cough worsened. Friday, the coughing gets even worse. She has been biting her lip as well as her tongue. Please, please help her! Kerstin is really terrified of other people, she was never in a hospital. If there are any problems please ask my father for help, he is the only person that she knows.”

Elisabeth had to carry Kerstin, who weighed 50 kilos, upstairs to the car. It was the first time she had seen sunlight that reportedly temporarily blinded her.

As her eyesight slowly adjusted she noticed the way the house had changed, a swimming pool – and what seemed to be a conservatory and another garage had been added.

But just two minutes later she was back in the cellar and the door closed.

Kerstin’s two brothers were reportedly both distressed at the sudden disappearance of their sister and had both asked where she was and what was happening to her “outside the door”.

Records show the Fritzl then rang the emergency services saying: “This is an emergency, I have just found my niece unconscious.”

On the 26 of April, Elisabeth was listening to the local television on the small TV she had in the cellar and saw a report from a doctor that she was being sought because the condition of her daughter had worsened.

For the first time in years she stood up to her father and demanded to be taken to the hospital – where she was found by police.

When Elisabeth spoke to police after she was rescued at the hospital on the 26 April, the information she gave was so shocking officers said they just sat and listened.

They described how she spoke fast, with long pauses as she seemed to struggle to gather her thoughts and look for the right words.

The interview lasted two hours, and produced notes that covered eight sides of A4 paper.

Elisabeth who is in a secure ward with her mother Rosemarie, 69, and five of her six children told investigators her father had acted alone in providing food and clothing for them.

Kerstin is still in an intensive care ward.

Josef Fritzl – The face of a monster


Elisabeth Fritzl was forced to help build the dungeon where she was kept by her sadistic father Josef, it emerged yesterday.

For the first nine months of her 24 years in captivity, she was also tethered with a 5ft dog leash around her neck to prevent her escape.

Elisabeth, now 42, had been sexually abused by her father since the age of 11.

She ran away from home at the age of 16 but was dragged back by Fritzl and locked up when he suspected she was planning to leave again.

For the first nine years, he imprisoned her in a grim 15ft by 15ft box room which had a makeshift toilet in one corner.

She told police that Fritzl forced her to help drag a 600lb concrete and steel door into position to seal the dungeon.

It was only when it was in place that she discovered she had helped to build her own prison.

Fritzl finally agreed to expand the cellar – again with Elisabeth’s help – after she had given birth to two of his children.

He forced her to dig out the chambers by hand, working for hours at a time. The process took nearly a decade.

One of the new rooms was used as a punishment area and Fritzl would take his daughter there and rape her.

He also used it to chastise the three of their children – Kerstin, 19, Stefan, 18, and six-year- old Felix – who lived underground with her. Their siblings Lisa, 16, Monika, 14 and 12-year-old Alexander lived a ‘normal’ life upstairs.

Franz Polzer, who is leading the police investigation, said: “She said that there was only one single room at first between 1984 and 1993. The dungeon was expanded as the children were getting born.

“There are still areas we haven’t found inside the dungeon and I expect it to take at least two weeks before we have answered all the questions we need to about how Fritzl controlled the areas and imprisoned the children.

“Areas of the dungeon appear to have been under construction and it is possible Fritzl may have been planning to expand it even further.”

Austrian police said the air inside the inner chambers was so stifling they have been forced to drill holes to allow investigators to breathe.

The grim details emerged as police revealed that Fritzl, now 73, could escape justice by pleading insanity. A team of psychiatrists are due to examine him today at St Poelten Prison, after which he is expected to be officially sectioned.

Police want to see him die in prison but under the country’s law the maximum sentence – even for double murder – is 15 years. That can be reduced to ten for good behaviour.

So far Fritzl is facing charges of rape, incest and kidnap.

Prosecutors also want to see him charged with murder following the death of his and Elisabeth’s three-day-old child 12 years ago. And if Kerstin – who is suffering from multiple organ failure – dies, he could face another murder charge because of the delay seeking medical treatment.

Detective Inspector Polzer said: “We want to see this man die in prison. It will take a lot longer than ten years for his victims to recover from what he put them through.

“The man is evil beyond words. The misery he has inflicted on his family is unimaginable.” But Fritzl’s lawyer, Rudolf Mayer, said: “In my personal opinion, Josef Fritzl is mentally ill and therefore not responsible for his actions.”

Fritzl is said to be obsessively watching TV reports about the incarceration and abuse of his daughter from his isolated cell.

He receives up to four bags of hate mail a day – but is said to remain unrepentant. His wife Rosemarie, who police believe was completely unaware of his double life, has also received hate mail.

One letter read: “You must have known when he went on holiday to Thailand that he was messing around with children. Your sick paedophile husband should kill himself.”

Mrs Fritzl is living in a specialist unit in a psychiatric clinic with her daughter and five of her grandchildren.

Doctors have installed an aquarium for Stefan, who is having difficulties speaking and moving due to his years of captivity.

Elisabeth has been making secret visits to Kerstin’s hospital bedside, praying she will recover.

But local priest Franz Halbartschlager, who was called in to perform the last rites on the sick teenager soon after she arrived in hospital, said Kerstin was ‘pale and thin’.

‘She was in a coma between life and death,’ he said after his visit last month. “I prayed for her.”

Rosemarie’s sister Christine said that the family was struggling to comprehend what had happened.

She added: “My sister is doing very badly and Elisabeth is not in the best shape either.

“I know my sister and when something is wrong with her children the world collapses. For sure, the world has collapsed for her.”

She said she was sure her sister did not know what was going on in the cellar of the family’s house.

“We spoke about it often when we met. And I would say, ‘Rosemarie, where can Elisabeth be?’ I even told her myself, she is definitely in a cult.”

In police interviews, Elisabeth said that at the start she had fought against the imprisonment, banging on the walls and screaming until she could no longer speak, but no one had come as the weeks turned into months, and the years into decades.

She said she had eventually stopped arguing with her father who in turn had stopped beating her as frequently.

Eventually she had become pregnant with Kerstin, now 19, and she had informed her father – fearing that he would be furious because he would now have to release her to go to hospital.

He had reportedly replied: “Do not think you are getting away from me so easily.”

Details of the birth have not been spoken about by Elisabeth but afterwards Fritzl had continued to return frequently for more sex, at least once every three days.

After Kerstin there were further children, Stefan, 18, Lisa, 16 Monika, 15, Alexander, 12, whose twin brother died from neglect before he could even be given a name, and finally Felix, 5.

Elisabeth remained in the cellar until last month when her daughter who had reportedly suffered from epileptic attacks since birth, started once again to get severe cramps.

He agreed reluctantly to take Kerstin to hospital but only after chillingly making Elisabeth write a note to doctors.

It read: “Wednesday, I gave her aspirin and cough medicine for the condition. Thursday, the cough worsened. Friday, the coughing gets even worse. She has been biting her lip as well as her tongue. Please, please help her! Kerstin is really terrified of other people, she was never in a hospital. If there are any problems please ask my father for help, he is the only person that she knows.”

Elisabeth had to carry Kerstin, who weighed 50 kilos, upstairs to the car. It was the first time she had seen sunlight that reportedly temporarily blinded her.

As her eyesight slowly adjusted she noticed the way the house had changed, a swimming pool – and what seemed to be a conservatory and another garage had been added.

But just two minutes later she was back in the cellar and the door closed.

Kerstin’s two brothers were reportedly both distressed at the sudden disappearance of their sister and had both asked where she was and what was happening to her “outside the door”.

Records show the Fritzl then rang the emergency services saying: “This is an emergency, I have just found my niece unconscious.”

On the 26 of April, Elisabeth was listening to the local television on the small TV she had in the cellar and saw a report from a doctor that she was being sought because the condition of her daughter had worsened.

For the first time in years she stood up to her father and demanded to be taken to the hospital – where she was found by police.

When Elisabeth spoke to police after she was rescued at the hospital on the 26 April, the information she gave was so shocking officers said they just sat and listened.

They described how she spoke fast, with long pauses as she seemed to struggle to gather her thoughts and look for the right words.

The interview lasted two hours, and produced notes that covered eight sides of A4 paper.

Elisabeth who is in a secure ward with her mother Rosemarie, 69, and five of her six children told investigators her father had acted alone in providing food and clothing for them.

Kerstin is still in an intensive care ward.

Josef Fritzl – The face of a monster


Elisabeth Fritzl was forced to help build the dungeon where she was kept by her sadistic father Josef, it emerged yesterday.

For the first nine months of her 24 years in captivity, she was also tethered with a 5ft dog leash around her neck to prevent her escape.

Elisabeth, now 42, had been sexually abused by her father since the age of 11.

She ran away from home at the age of 16 but was dragged back by Fritzl and locked up when he suspected she was planning to leave again.

For the first nine years, he imprisoned her in a grim 15ft by 15ft box room which had a makeshift toilet in one corner.

She told police that Fritzl forced her to help drag a 600lb concrete and steel door into position to seal the dungeon.

It was only when it was in place that she discovered she had helped to build her own prison.

Fritzl finally agreed to expand the cellar – again with Elisabeth’s help – after she had given birth to two of his children.

He forced her to dig out the chambers by hand, working for hours at a time. The process took nearly a decade.

One of the new rooms was used as a punishment area and Fritzl would take his daughter there and rape her.

He also used it to chastise the three of their children – Kerstin, 19, Stefan, 18, and six-year- old Felix – who lived underground with her. Their siblings Lisa, 16, Monika, 14 and 12-year-old Alexander lived a ‘normal’ life upstairs.

Franz Polzer, who is leading the police investigation, said: “She said that there was only one single room at first between 1984 and 1993. The dungeon was expanded as the children were getting born.

“There are still areas we haven’t found inside the dungeon and I expect it to take at least two weeks before we have answered all the questions we need to about how Fritzl controlled the areas and imprisoned the children.

“Areas of the dungeon appear to have been under construction and it is possible Fritzl may have been planning to expand it even further.”

Austrian police said the air inside the inner chambers was so stifling they have been forced to drill holes to allow investigators to breathe.

The grim details emerged as police revealed that Fritzl, now 73, could escape justice by pleading insanity. A team of psychiatrists are due to examine him today at St Poelten Prison, after which he is expected to be officially sectioned.

Police want to see him die in prison but under the country’s law the maximum sentence – even for double murder – is 15 years. That can be reduced to ten for good behaviour.

So far Fritzl is facing charges of rape, incest and kidnap.

Prosecutors also want to see him charged with murder following the death of his and Elisabeth’s three-day-old child 12 years ago. And if Kerstin – who is suffering from multiple organ failure – dies, he could face another murder charge because of the delay seeking medical treatment.

Detective Inspector Polzer said: “We want to see this man die in prison. It will take a lot longer than ten years for his victims to recover from what he put them through.

“The man is evil beyond words. The misery he has inflicted on his family is unimaginable.” But Fritzl’s lawyer, Rudolf Mayer, said: “In my personal opinion, Josef Fritzl is mentally ill and therefore not responsible for his actions.”

Fritzl is said to be obsessively watching TV reports about the incarceration and abuse of his daughter from his isolated cell.

He receives up to four bags of hate mail a day – but is said to remain unrepentant. His wife Rosemarie, who police believe was completely unaware of his double life, has also received hate mail.

One letter read: “You must have known when he went on holiday to Thailand that he was messing around with children. Your sick paedophile husband should kill himself.”

Mrs Fritzl is living in a specialist unit in a psychiatric clinic with her daughter and five of her grandchildren.

Doctors have installed an aquarium for Stefan, who is having difficulties speaking and moving due to his years of captivity.

Elisabeth has been making secret visits to Kerstin’s hospital bedside, praying she will recover.

But local priest Franz Halbartschlager, who was called in to perform the last rites on the sick teenager soon after she arrived in hospital, said Kerstin was ‘pale and thin’.

‘She was in a coma between life and death,’ he said after his visit last month. “I prayed for her.”

Rosemarie’s sister Christine said that the family was struggling to comprehend what had happened.

She added: “My sister is doing very badly and Elisabeth is not in the best shape either.

“I know my sister and when something is wrong with her children the world collapses. For sure, the world has collapsed for her.”

She said she was sure her sister did not know what was going on in the cellar of the family’s house.

“We spoke about it often when we met. And I would say, ‘Rosemarie, where can Elisabeth be?’ I even told her myself, she is definitely in a cult.”

In police interviews, Elisabeth said that at the start she had fought against the imprisonment, banging on the walls and screaming until she could no longer speak, but no one had come as the weeks turned into months, and the years into decades.

She said she had eventually stopped arguing with her father who in turn had stopped beating her as frequently.

Eventually she had become pregnant with Kerstin, now 19, and she had informed her father – fearing that he would be furious because he would now have to release her to go to hospital.

He had reportedly replied: “Do not think you are getting away from me so easily.”

Details of the birth have not been spoken about by Elisabeth but afterwards Fritzl had continued to return frequently for more sex, at least once every three days.

After Kerstin there were further children, Stefan, 18, Lisa, 16 Monika, 15, Alexander, 12, whose twin brother died from neglect before he could even be given a name, and finally Felix, 5.

Elisabeth remained in the cellar until last month when her daughter who had reportedly suffered from epileptic attacks since birth, started once again to get severe cramps.

He agreed reluctantly to take Kerstin to hospital but only after chillingly making Elisabeth write a note to doctors.

It read: “Wednesday, I gave her aspirin and cough medicine for the condition. Thursday, the cough worsened. Friday, the coughing gets even worse. She has been biting her lip as well as her tongue. Please, please help her! Kerstin is really terrified of other people, she was never in a hospital. If there are any problems please ask my father for help, he is the only person that she knows.”

Elisabeth had to carry Kerstin, who weighed 50 kilos, upstairs to the car. It was the first time she had seen sunlight that reportedly temporarily blinded her.

As her eyesight slowly adjusted she noticed the way the house had changed, a swimming pool – and what seemed to be a conservatory and another garage had been added.

But just two minutes later she was back in the cellar and the door closed.

Kerstin’s two brothers were reportedly both distressed at the sudden disappearance of their sister and had both asked where she was and what was happening to her “outside the door”.

Records show the Fritzl then rang the emergency services saying: “This is an emergency, I have just found my niece unconscious.”

On the 26 of April, Elisabeth was listening to the local television on the small TV she had in the cellar and saw a report from a doctor that she was being sought because the condition of her daughter had worsened.

For the first time in years she stood up to her father and demanded to be taken to the hospital – where she was found by police.

When Elisabeth spoke to police after she was rescued at the hospital on the 26 April, the information she gave was so shocking officers said they just sat and listened.

They described how she spoke fast, with long pauses as she seemed to struggle to gather her thoughts and look for the right words.

The interview lasted two hours, and produced notes that covered eight sides of A4 paper.

Elisabeth who is in a secure ward with her mother Rosemarie, 69, and five of her six children told investigators her father had acted alone in providing food and clothing for them.

Kerstin is still in an intensive care ward.

Monte Whitehead – Every child’s worst nightmare – Pleads Guilty

A former Carlsbad veterinarian was sentenced to 25 years in prison Friday for multiple sex crimes involving a young female family member.

Monte Whitehead, 37, of Comanche Road, earlier agreed to a plea agreement with the district attorney’s office under which he admitted to one count of criminal sexual contact and four counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor. He was originally charged with 53 separate sex crimes. The remaining charges were dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

Whitehead was placed under a suicide watch later Friday at the Eddy County Detention Center after a short-lived escape from the facility.

District Judge Don Maddox sentenced Whitehead to 15 years on the first count and 15 years each for the remaining four counts for a total of 75 years, before suspending all but 25 years.

Deputy District Attorney D’Ann Read said she supported Maddox’s decision.

“I am glad the court gave him the 25 years,” she said. “We felt the 25 years was sufficient.”

During her statements to the court at the sentencing, the victim, now a teenager, said Whitehead was every child’s worst nightmare.

“He began conditioning me when I was 8 years old,” she said. “He would leave porn around for me to see, have videos playing when my mom left the house.”

She said that during a four-year period, starting when she was 12, he began to have sex with her every day.

“He picked me up from school every day, and he would threaten me if I wanted to stop,” she said.

The victim also said that Whitehead tried to control every part of her life. At one point a microphone was found under her bed. She said Whitehead had been using it to tape all the phone conversations she had.

Capt. Jim Ballard, who led the investigation for the Eddy County Sheriff’s Department, said in his 19 years with the department this was the worse case he had seen that did not end in someone’s death.

“What is overlooked because of a sexual crime is the imprisonment of this child,” he said. “She was imprisoned in her own house, and her windows were screwed shut. It is unspeakable. There is not a word out of her mouth today that I don’t believe.”

After the victim and several others spoke, Whitehead then stood and apologized to his family and the victim for the shame he had caused them, while the victim looked on, shaking her head in the negative.

“We obviously would have liked less time in jail than the judge gave, but he reviewed the case extensively and I appreciate that,” said Whitehead’s attorney, Gary Mitchell.

Whitehead has been incarcerated at the county jail for the last two years while he was awaiting his trial and sentencing. He was held on a $1 million cash only bond.

Derek Marsocci – Repeat Sex Offender

Derek Marsocci already had the engraved dog tags for his two new sex slaves in the cab of his truck when he went to meet a 13-year-old girl and her mother.


Derek Marsocci already had the engraved dog tags for his two new sex slaves in the cab of his truck when he went to meet a 13-year-old girl and her mother.

Instead, he was greeted by law enforcement officers in an undercover online sex sting conducted by the Baldwin City Police Department.

Marsocci, a 45-year-old interstate truck driver and a registered sex offender, was arrested Dec. 13 in the parking lot of the Great Mall of the Great Plains in Olathe. According to the Missouri Sex Offender Registry, Marsocci, who lists his home address as Centerview, Mo., has a 2002 conviction for fourth-degree sexual assault in Fort Smith, Ark.

During Marsocci’s preliminary hearing Wednesday in Douglas County District Court, a Baldwin City police officer testified that he posed online as 30-year-old single mother and her 13-year-old daughter.

The officer said between Nov. 21 and Dec. 13, Marsocci initiated sexually inappropriate conversations in a Yahoo chat room, thinking he was corresponding with an underage girl, not a Baldwin City police officer.

“He asked if he could talk to (the 13-year-old) during the first conversation,” the officer testified. “He said to have her sit down at the computer and talk to him and that she should be naked.”

The officer explained that the chats progressed to talk of “training” the two to become Marsocci’s sex slaves.

According to the chat transcripts, Marsocci wanted to impregnate the girl and keep her in the cab of his truck for a month while he traveled the country.

He even went as far as instructing the mother to pull her daughter out of school and begin home-schooling her, the officer said.

On Dec. 13, Marsocci arranged to meet the two in person. Instead, he met Baldwin City police officers and Johnson County sheriff’s deputies.

“He had two heart-shaped dog tags that appeared to go on dog collars,” the officer said, describing that both were engraved with Marsocci’s nicknames for his two “slaves.”

Marsocci’s attorney, Michael Clarke, objected to what he called a warrantless search of his client’s truck. Clarke also has filed at least seven motions, many of which question the constitutionality of the online investigation.

At the conclusion of Wednesday’s preliminary hearing, Judge Michael Malone found there was probable cause for Marsocci to stand trial on one count of enticement of a child.

A jury trial is scheduled for March 17.

Derek Marsocci – Repeat Sex Offender

Derek Marsocci already had the engraved dog tags for his two new sex slaves in the cab of his truck when he went to meet a 13-year-old girl and her mother.


Derek Marsocci already had the engraved dog tags for his two new sex slaves in the cab of his truck when he went to meet a 13-year-old girl and her mother.

Instead, he was greeted by law enforcement officers in an undercover online sex sting conducted by the Baldwin City Police Department.

Marsocci, a 45-year-old interstate truck driver and a registered sex offender, was arrested Dec. 13 in the parking lot of the Great Mall of the Great Plains in Olathe. According to the Missouri Sex Offender Registry, Marsocci, who lists his home address as Centerview, Mo., has a 2002 conviction for fourth-degree sexual assault in Fort Smith, Ark.

During Marsocci’s preliminary hearing Wednesday in Douglas County District Court, a Baldwin City police officer testified that he posed online as 30-year-old single mother and her 13-year-old daughter.

The officer said between Nov. 21 and Dec. 13, Marsocci initiated sexually inappropriate conversations in a Yahoo chat room, thinking he was corresponding with an underage girl, not a Baldwin City police officer.

“He asked if he could talk to (the 13-year-old) during the first conversation,” the officer testified. “He said to have her sit down at the computer and talk to him and that she should be naked.”

The officer explained that the chats progressed to talk of “training” the two to become Marsocci’s sex slaves.

According to the chat transcripts, Marsocci wanted to impregnate the girl and keep her in the cab of his truck for a month while he traveled the country.

He even went as far as instructing the mother to pull her daughter out of school and begin home-schooling her, the officer said.

On Dec. 13, Marsocci arranged to meet the two in person. Instead, he met Baldwin City police officers and Johnson County sheriff’s deputies.

“He had two heart-shaped dog tags that appeared to go on dog collars,” the officer said, describing that both were engraved with Marsocci’s nicknames for his two “slaves.”

Marsocci’s attorney, Michael Clarke, objected to what he called a warrantless search of his client’s truck. Clarke also has filed at least seven motions, many of which question the constitutionality of the online investigation.

At the conclusion of Wednesday’s preliminary hearing, Judge Michael Malone found there was probable cause for Marsocci to stand trial on one count of enticement of a child.

A jury trial is scheduled for March 17.