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Secrets in the Cellar: The True Story of the Austrian Incest Case That Shocked the World

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Gildart Jackson

7 Hours 25 Minutes

Tantor Media

July 2013

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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 soundproof 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.

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  • Samuel C.

    very good account of a very shocking story and handling of a madman . never to be released is what he deserves what evil

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  • Dana M.

    It’s all about the captor and VERY little about the victims. Just know that going into it. Startling and raw. Real and (I assume) accurate.

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  • Wesley S.

    Very interesting read. I had very little knowledge of this “person” before this book. What a wild ride! Only down side is some major events are spoken of repeatedly which can wear on the reader as they’re heavy topics being discussed.

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  • Eric C.

    My goodness me! I never knew about this case until I came across this title. I finished it in two days, and I couldn't believe half the things that had occurred!!! Wow! Excellent summary and great narration.

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  • Kathy Martinez

    Almost feel guilty for enjoying this so much.

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