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Austrian Man Confesses to Incest, Holding Daughter Captive in Basement

By Tatiana Guertin on
Josef Fritzl, a 73-year-old Austrian man has confessed to holding his daughter Elisabeth captive in a dungeon for 24 years. While in captivity Fritzl repeatedly raped his daughter, fathering seven children with her, three of them were also held captive underground.Elisabeth, who is now 42-years-old, was forced into the dungeon when she was only 18, she has lived there for 24 years. Her daughter Kerstin, now 19, and sons Stefan, 18 and Felix, five, lived underground with her in the family's...Read Full Story

Kidnap girl grapples with freedom

By Cleve Pasarell on
Linked from http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6192433.stm --- Austrian former kidnap victim Natascha Kampusch has said she is finding it hard to adjust to her new life. In an interview with Austrian television, she said she could not yet face going out alone four months after escaping from her captor. She also said she found being in large groups of people overwhelming. She was forced to live in a cell beneath a house garage from 1998 until she escaped in August. Her captor killed himself...Read Full Story

Where is Natascha Kampusch now - 'Completely lost'

By Danny Khatib on
Linked from http://www.news24.com/News24/World/News/0,9294,2-10-1462_2044895,00.html News24 gives an update on Natascha, who claims she still is afraid of crowds and going outside alone, four months after her captivity ended. ----- Kampusch now lives in her own flat under the care of three social workers but travels to Vienna's nearby General Hospital where she spent her first weeks of freedom when she needs a break, the magazine said. And the 18-year-old says she only dares to go out...Read Full Story

Natascha Kampusch wants to buy the dungeon house

By Danny Khatib on
Linked from http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/europe/10/11/austria.kampusch.ap/index.html Natascha Kampusch is interested in purchasing the home in which she was held captive, in order to keep it from becoming a tourist attraction: ----- In an interview with the newspaper Kurier, Natascha Kampusch said she wanted the house so that "people don't turn (it) into an odd thing, a type of pilgrimage site where ashtrays and coffee mugs are sold." Kampusch said she would let her captor's mother live...Read Full Story

Natascha Kampusch's handling of the media

By Danny Khatib on
Linked from http://news.independent.co.uk/media/article1446532.ece Well written feature in the Independent reports on how Natascha Kampusch and her media advisors have handled the frenzy during the past two weeks...  Perhaps the most heart-breaking part of the article reads as follows: ----- Natascha was reunited with her parents for little more than 36 hours after her escape.   By that time more than 400 newspapers, magazines and television stations worldwide had lodged requests for...Read Full Story
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