The Austrian man accused of imprisoning his daughter in a cellar for 24 years and fathering seven children with her is to appear before a judge.
The judge in the town of St Poelten is expected to decide whether Josef Fritzl should remain in custody while police investigations continue. Mr. Fritzl has said he was driven by an addiction that “got out of control”.
Speaking through his lawyer, he said he had locked up his daughter Elisabeth to protect her from the outside world. The statement was carried by the Austrian magazine News. Mr. Fritzl has been in detention in St Poelten, capital of Lower Austria province, since his arrest at the end of April.
He was originally remanded in custody for 14 days. Over the past few days, police have been questioning dozens of people who had connections with Josef Fritzl and his family. And they have been searching the cellar dungeon inch by inch.
Are they going to take him out of the cell and hold him in the cellar of his own house? That they even talk about it proves that justice is really blind!
Hundreds of people have held an emotional candlelit vigil in the Austrian town where Josef Fritzl kept his daughter in a cellar for 24 years.
The residents of Amstetten were showing solidarity for the woman, Elisabeth, and the children she bore him. “We want to show that Amstetten is not a town for criminals”, said the mayor.
Police say DNA evidence confirms Mr. Fritzl’s confession that he is the father of his daughter Elisabeth’s six surviving children. Several hundred people gathered for an emotional tribute on Tuesday evening to Mr. Fritzl’s family. The event was organized by a local convent school. Children, their parents, teachers and nuns lit candles and stood in the rain to express their solidarity and outrage.
What else can you say about this monster?
A 73-year-old Austrian man has confessed to imprisoning his daughter in a cellar for 24 years and fathering her seven children, police have said.
The head of the criminal affairs bureau in the province of Lower Austria, Franz Polzer, said that Josef F had confessed during questioning on Monday. Authorities are caring for the daughter and her six surviving children.
Earlier, police released photos of the man’s basement which showed concealed a network of tiny windowless chambers. The rooms were equipped for sleeping and cooking, and with sanitary facilities, they added.
Admitting doesn’t automatically bring forgiveness if ever this girl and her kids will be able to forget and forgive!