Think of it what you want. It’s a true story.
Kerstin, 19 year old girl, was brought to the hospital with shortness of breath and cramps. In her purse the medical personnel finds a note from her mother, Elisabeth, who disappeared 24 years earlier (She was believed of joining a religious sect, leaving the message: “Don’t look for me”, and leaving her 3 kids behind).
Unexpectedly Elisabeth comes to see her daughter, accompanied by Elisabeth’s father, Josef Fritzl. Police shows up, questions Elisabeth and finds shocking facts.
Josef Fritzl (73 years old) was imprisoning his own daughter, Elisabeth (42 years old) for the last 24 years, abused her sexually since she was 11, had 7 children with her. One child, a twin, died few days after was born, and the infant’s body was burned by Fritzl in the oven.
Fritzl’s wife, Rosemarie, did not know nothing about this horror, although it was happening in the 60 m2 (645 square feet) cellar located by their house. 3 of the kids lived with Elisabeth, 3 of the kids lived with Josef, their father-grandfather.
Elisabeth and her 3 children, ages: 19, 18 and 5 have not seen light or fresh air for 24 years. They lived in a small bedroom and a bathroom cellar, with a cooking area and TV as the only contact with the outside world.
Elisabeth and her children were taken to a psychiatric clinic. She agreed to reveal the whole story after being assured that she will never see her father again. Kerstin is in a induced coma, in a critical condition, on a respirator.
Josef Fritzl faces 15 to 20 years in prison.
Lydia Gouardo, 45, a survivor in a similar story (was raped and kept by her guardian for 28 years in France and has 6 children) wants to become Elisabeth’s friend.
Natascha Kampusch of Vienna, who was held captive by her kidnapper for more than eight years, since she was 10 years old, said she has donated $38,800 to Elisabeth and her children