The true crime story that made international headlines: Josef Fritzl held his daughter captive as a sex slave, and fathered seven children with her, creating a hidden family no one knew about-not even Fritzl's own wife.
Proving beyond a reasonable doubt the falsity of the title, London Times writers Marsh and Pancevski detail the internationally infamous life and depraved crimes of Josef Fritzl. Born in Austria in 1936, married in 1956 and the father of seven, Fritzl saw himself as a hardworking family man. In reality, he was a rapist (convicted in 1967) and a tyrant, routinely beating his wife and children. He began sexually abusing his daughter Elisabeth when she was 11 and later imprisoned her for 24 years in a secret bunker beneath the family home, during which time she bore seven children. (Fritzl told everyone she had run away to join a cult.) But when one of Elizabeth's daughters became gravely ill, requiring a trip to the hospital, his plot unraveled, and he was sentenced to life in prison in 2009. Through interviews with family acquaintances, doctors and prosecutors, Marsh and Pancevski not only portray a "sadistic" Fritzl, but also Elisabeth's courage in surviving and attempting to protect her children. The authors also indict police and social service agencies for ignoring clues that something was terribly amiss in the Fritzl household.
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It was ok
I thought it had a lot of rambling and a lot of times I found myself saying get on with it. It should of had pictures instead of describing pictures. Over all the tragedy that this family faced left me in tears sometimes reading the book was overwhelming and I would have to take a break for a day or so. What I'm trying to say the story of Elisabeth is unbelievable and haunting it stays with you, but the author of this book tried to stretch it out a bit and made parts long and boring.