Friday, July 18, 2008

Fritzl Family: Testifying, a baby, a secret move and aging cream

(I believe at this time, the family should be left alone. Prurient interest or the macabre, should be left aside in order that the family may live their lives as best as is possible)

Josef Fritzl: Daughter Elisabeth and children moved to secret location
By Ben Farmer
Last Updated: 5:09PM BST 16/07/2008

The daughter of Josef Fritzl, who was kept imprisoned in a cellar by her father for 24 years, has been moved to a secret location to continue her recovery.

Elizabeth Fritzl, 42, who was forced to bear seven children by her father, had been receiving treatment in a mental health clinic since her release in April.

Tight security around the Amstetten Mauer clinic in Austria had been costing the local council several thousand pounds a day to prevent journalists from approaching or photographing the family.

It has now been reported the family were moved from the clinic three weeks ago after doctors decided it was not a suitable place for healthy children.

Miss Fritzl and her children Kerstin, 19, Stefan, 18, Lisa, 15, Monika, 14, Alexander 12, and Felix, five, as well as their grandmother, Fritzl's wife Rosemarie, 68, are said to have improved rapidly in recent weeks.

One source at the clinic said: "When they came here it was hard even for senior staff to get in – security was so tight. You had to show an identity card and wait to be searched. Now it's all back to normal now that they have gone."

Dr Bernhard Kepplinger who is in charge of the section of the clinic caring for the family said: "There were five security guards here a day. They were paid for by the local government. There were also police patrols here."

Asked if Elisabeth was still on the hospital site with her family, he said: "I am not allowed to disclose personal details."

The family lawyer, Dr Christoph Herbst, also refused to discuss the family's whereabouts. He said: "I am not allowed to say where they are – I can neither confirm nor deny whether they are at Amstetten Mauer."

Miss Fritzl is continuing to give videotaped evidence against her father in closed session with a judge ahead of a trial in the Autumn.


Austria: Josef Fritzl asks for anti-ageing face cream in prison
By Caroline Gammell
Last Updated: 6:57AM BST 16/07/2008

Josef Fritzl has been complaining of aches and pains while in prison and has asked his doctor for anti-ageing face cream.

The 73-year-old Austrian, who locked his daughter in a cellar for 24 years and fathered her seven children, has been in custody since the self-made dungeon under his home was discovered in April.

Officials at St Poelten Prison told how the Fritzl had complained of a range of ailments, including chest pains and stomach ache.

But when he is well, Fritzl spends much of his time in his cell, scouring newspaper reports for details of his case.


Daughter accuses incest dad for 'murdering her baby'
Friday, 18 July , 2008, 11:42

London: Elisabeth Fritzl has finally broken her silence and accused her incest dad Josef Fritzl for murdering her baby.

During four days of testimony, the 42-year-old incest victim told prosecutors that her evil dad was responsible for three-day-old Michael’s death.


Will Austrian Incest Children Testify?
Kids of accused sadist Josef Fritzel may not take stand.

July 18, 2008 —

Three-day-old Michael  who police call a child of incest and abuse had an undignified funeral: His little body was tossed into a furnace in the dark cellar where he and his three siblings had been imprisoned along with their mother for their entire lives.

Police say the infant was one of seven children Austrian Josef Fritzl told them he fathered through incest with his own daughter. Michael's death is now the centerpiece of the trial of the man who imprisoned his daughter for 24 years and repeatedly raped and tortured her. Among the issues still to be decided, is if any of the surviving children will take the stand.

Three of Michael's surviving siblings were confined to the dungeon-like bunker while three others lived as a second family upstairs with Fritzl and his wife.

Prosecutors are investigating to determine whether Fritzl murdered the baby in the basement of his home in the quiet village of Amstetten, Austria. If convicted, Fritzl himself could be locked away for life.

Gerhard Sedlacek, spokesman for the prosecution, told that his team has hired a "child death specialist" who is preparing an expert opinion. He said conditions in the windowless basement may have contributed to the death of the baby.

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