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He grew up as an only child Joe fitzler thesis solely by his working mother. His father had deserted the family when Fritzl was four, and never again came into contact with him. His name appears on a memorial plaque in Amstetten.
After completing his education at an HTL Technical College with a qualification in electrical engineering, Fritzl obtained a job at Voestalpine in Linz. From untilhe obtained a job in a construction material firm in Amstetten.
Later, he became a technical equipment salesman, travelling throughout Austria.
He retired from active employment when he turned 60 inbut continued some commercial activities thereafter. In addition to his apartment building in Amstetten, Fritzl rented out several other properties.
He ran it, together with his wife, until Criminal history[ edit ] InFritzl broke into the Linz home of a year-old nurse while her husband was away and raped her while holding a knife to her throat, threatening to kill her if she screamed.
Fritzl was arrested and served twelve months of an eighteen-month prison sentence. Mayer forwarded extracts from the minutes of his talks with his client to the Austrian weekly News for publication.
According to these statements, Fritzl said that he "always knew during the whole 24 years that what I was doing was not right, that I must have been crazy to do such a thing, yet it became a normal occurrence to lead a second life in the basement of my house.
Regarding his treatment of Elisabeth and her children in the cellar, he explained that he brought flowers for Elisabeth and books and toys for the children into the "bunker", as he called it, and often watched videos with the children and ate meals with Elisabeth and the children. Fritzl decided to imprison Elisabeth after she "did not adhere to any rules any more" when she became a teenager.
Critics said his statement may have been a ploy to prepare an insanity defence. It left me feeling totally humiliated and weak. My mother was a servant and she used to work hard all her life, I never had a kiss from her, I was never cuddled although I wanted it — I wanted her to be good to me.
Inafter Fritzl had married and bought his house, his mother moved in with them. Over time, their roles reversed, and his mother came to fear him. Eventually, he also admitted he had later locked his mother in the attic and bricked up her window after telling neighbors that she had died, and kept her locked up until her death in It is unknown how long Fritzl kept his mother locked up in his attic, but newspapers have speculated that it may have been up to 20 years.
Fritzl referred to himself as an "alibi" child, meaning that his mother only gave birth to him to prove that she was not barren and could produce children. Fritzl claims that his pathological behavior is innate. He admits that he planned to lock his daughter up during his prison stint for the earlier rape conviction so that he could contain and express his " evil side".
He said, "I was born to rape, and I held myself back for a relatively long time. I could have behaved a lot worse than locking up my daughter. He would stand trial for the murder of the infant Michael, who died shortly after birth,  and face between 10 years and life imprisonment.
He was also charged with rape, incestkidnapping, false imprisonment and slaverywhich carry a maximum year term. Journalists during the Fritzl trial On day one, Fritzl entered the courtroom attempting to hide his face from cameras behind a blue folder, which he was entitled to do under Austrian law.
After opening comments, all journalists and spectators were asked to leave the courtroom, whereupon Fritzl lowered his binder. Fritzl pleaded guilty to all charges with the exception of murder and grievous assault by threatening to gas his captives if they disobeyed him.
He insisted Fritzl was "not a monster", stating that Fritzl had brought a Christmas tree down to his captives in the cellar during the holiday season. The tape is said to have been so "harrowing" that the eight jurors did not watch more than two hours at a time.
Four replacement jurors were on standby to replace any of the regular jurors in case they could not bear to hear any more of the evidence. After being taken into care, Elisabeth, all six of her surviving children and her mother were housed in a local clinic where they were shielded from the outside environment and received medical and psychological treatment.The Fritzl case emerged in April , when a woman named Elisabeth Fritzl (born 6 April ) told police in the town of Amstetten, Austria, that she had been held captive for 24 years by her father, Josef Fritzl (born 9 April ).Fritzl had assaulted, sexually abused, and raped her numerous times during her imprisonment inside a concealed area in the basement of the family home.
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