In the quiet Austrian town of Amstetten in the balmy spring of April 2008, a truly horrifying vision of hell was discovered by police in the cellar of a normal suburban home.
On 28 August 1984, seemingly respectable family man Josef Fritzl had lured Elisabeth, the youngest of his seven children, into the cellar of their family home, where he then drugged and handcuffed her in a windowless dungeon he'd spent years constructing.
For the next 24 years Josef held his daughter captive in unimaginable conditions and repeatedly raped her, fathering seven children.
When the eldest captive child, Kerstin, was admitted to hospital, Josef's sickening web of incest and abuse was uncovered by the authorities.
This is the full and utterly disturbing true story of what happened in those underground chambers of horror.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: col. Illustrations, ports. (chiefly col.)
- Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/08/2008
- Category: True crime
- ISBN: 9781844546961
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Review by seldombites
I was kind of surprised that a book about the Fritzl's was published so soon. The author certainly didn't waste any time! We all saw the news about this poor woman and her children, but the truth is much more horrifying than even the media hype. The nightmare life these people were forced to endure for twenty-four years would have sent many people insane, but Elisabeth managed to survive with enough presence of mind to seize her chance at escaping.<i>House of Horrors</i> is not an enjoyable read, but it is an informative one. The author has shown sensitivity to the emotional and psychological needs of the victims by refraining from publishing intimate details of the crime (unlike the paparazzi, who insist on imposing on their privacy) and the book is written in a casual style that makes it easy to read.Whether you are interested in true crime or simply wish to learn about this particular case, this book is worth reading.