Josef Fritzl was a 73-year-old retired engineer in Austria. He seemed to be living a normal life with his wife, Rosemarie, and their family—though one daughter, Elisabeth, had decades earlier been "lost" to a religious cult. Throughout the years, three of Elisabeth's children mysteriously appeared on the Fritzls' doorstep; Josef and Rosemarie raised them as their own. But only Josef knew the truth about Elisabeth's disappearance…
For twenty-seven years, Josef had imprisoned and molested Elisabeth in his man-made basement dungeon, complete with sound-proof paneling and code-protected electric locks. There, she would eventually give birth to a total of seven of Josef's children. One died in infancy—and the other three were raised alongside Elisabeth, never to see the light of day.
Then, in 2008, one of Elisabeth's children became seriously ill, and was taken to the hospital. It was the first time the nineteen-year-old girl had ever gone outside—and soon, the truth about her background, her family's captivity, and Josef's unspeakable crimes would come to light.
John Glatt's Secrets in the Cellar is the true story of a crime that shocked the world.
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I had nightmares
This is a wonderful read. My heart goes out to Elisabeth and her children.
Even though the book is very interesting, I only gave 4 stars because there was so much repetition.
I thank the writer for bringing this story to me. :)
Couldn’t put my phone down!
Such an emotional book. I am in awe of how Elisabeth managed to pull through so many years of being locked in the cellar and being capable of birthing and raising her family alone in the cellar in a slow-like moving frame while the world upstairs continued at a fast pace course. It’s a must read, it gives a great insight of those who are interested in psychological understandings of both the perpetrators and their victims.
"Secrets in the Cellar"
A very good read. Couldn't put in down. Was confused by Dr. Ablow's last sentence about this evil, Devil man, Josef Fritzl, who raped his own daughter for years and years! Everything he did, can be explained by all that has happened in his life. (I paraphrased.) Dr. Ablow's letting Fritzl off the hook, allowing Fritzl to not take responsibility for his own cruel actions. Cruel is too nice of a word! Fritz's a DEMON! He should be tortured like he tortured. Shame on Fritzl!! Forever shame on him!!! But greatly written book. How could the wife not know though, bringing all of those groceries in that time??