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The beginning of this story, where a father kept his daughter, Elizabeth (her picture from years ago below) in a windowless cellar for 24 years and had 7 children with her is here.
The update below is taken from here.
19 year old Kerstin is in a critical state, her predictions to survive are slim.
Josef Fritzl is being connected with 3 other rape cases back in the 60-ties.
The colour blue; birdsong, moving traffic and the rustling of leaves: all that and much more is alarmingly new for two of the Austrian children who have spent their lives locked in an underground bunker.
Bernhard Kepplinger, the supervising doctor for the Fritzl family - the three relatively well-adjusted children who were brought up above ground and the three from the cellar - is more cautious: “Each child will need individual therapy and we should be careful not to overdo it.”
One problem has been separating the two boys from their mother, Elisabeth. “They were probably overprotected by their mother in the cellar,” Dr Friedrich said.
Elisabeth, 42, had to shield them from the sexual abuse of her - and their - father, Josef. When they heard the sounds of their father having sex with their mother they would retreat to one of the bedrooms and watch television to blank out the noise. Now, influenced by so much television, the children's view of the world is two, rather than three-dimensional.
The youngest boy is given the best chance of recovery because of his relatively short period in the dungeon. He is curious rather than threatened by the outside world. When he was first taken out of the cellar he asked a policeman: “Is that God up there?” pointing at the sky.
The older boy reportedly has problems with balance and co-ordination.
The hospital lifts have been frightening for the boys. When the doors close, they panic: fears of the cellar dungeon are still very fresh.
The younger boy is said to be confused by the ringtones of mobile phones. As for the older one, he has grown to adolescence in the improvised prison created by his father. The television has given him some idea about cars, computers and politicians, but it is all very abstract.
Some things are familiar - the smell of food from the cooking ring - and the psychiatric team is trying to build on the recognized sensations while extending his range.
Never in modern Europe has there been a case of such sustained sensory deprivation. Even Natascha Kampusch, who escaped from her kidnapper 18 months ago, spent part of her captivity upstairs, was allowed occasionally into the garden and was even taken on a trip to the mountains by her abductor. Moreover, she was already 10 years old when she was first kidnapped, already quite articulate, able to read and write and aware that she was a captive. None of the cellar children were told they were prisoners; Elisabeth presented their cellar existence as normal life.
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