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Publisher Description

Four children by her father. Thirty years of horrific sexual abuse.
Now updated with a new epilogue, detailing Katherine’s brave stand at the Royal Commission

In March 2009, Joseph Fritzl was sentenced to life in jail for the systematic imprisonment, torture and rape of his daughter Elisabeth over 24 years, fathering seven children. The case shocked the world.

But just a month before, the story of Australia’s own house of horrors was emerging in a Victorian country town.

Under a blanket of suppression orders, a man in his late sixties was quietly arrested, charged – and later convicted – for the systematic rape, abuse and imprisonment of his only daughter, ‘Katherine’, which spanned decades. He fathered four of her children.

Until recently, this shocking story had been buried under a complex legal web and Katherine’s insistence on silence so that she could rebuild her shattered life and protect her children. In Behind Closed Doors, Katherine speaks out and tells the story of how she survived – and how such degrading abuse went unnoticed for so long.

Now, a new epilogue reveals the evidence Katherine gave at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, detailing the betrayal she felt at having been ignored for so long.

Biographies & Memoirs
1 May
Simon & Schuster Australia
Simon and Schuster Australia Pty Ltd.

Customer Reviews

Roxys85 ,

Great read

Such an amazing book! Thank you for sharing your experience :)

Kelsey Australia. ,


Thank you for sharing your story. I cannot imagine the heartbreak and terrifying moments you went through by going over what you had injured. I vow to you that I will always speak up if I were to ever come across and have a child speak up to me and tell me of the abuse they were receiving. You have made an impact on me Katherine.

I wish you nothing but pure happiness and peace for the rest of yours, and your boys lives. You deserve nothing but true happiness and a full life of love.

Wendy-wu ,

Behind Closed Doors

A book that was so hard to put down. Such an amazingly sad real life story of abuse and a welfare system that was a complete failure. It makes me wonder about some of our missing Australian children and if they are suffering terribly with sick adults behind closed doors.

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