Friday, May 23, 2008
Austrian Kidnap Victim Buys "House Of Horrors"
Natascha Kampusch was ten years old on March 2, 1988, when she was grabbed by Wolfgang Priklopil, who kept her imprisoned for more than eight years in a tiny dungeon fashioned from the basement of his home outside Vienna. She escaped on August 23, 2006, while Prikopil was on the phone. Hours later, he threw himself in front of a train.
Why Kampusch would have any interest in protecting the building that was the scene of her torture is beyond me, but she recently bought the property, explaining to the media that she wished to keep it from being vandalized and from being torn down to make way for new condos. She had already been awarded two-thirds of the house as a settlement for what she went through, and negotiated to purchase the rest from Prikopil's mother. Kampusch doesn't currently live in the house.
As if this story couldn't get any worse. Kampusch's mother has been accused by a local judge of masterminding her own daughter's kidnapping to hide the fact that she had been sexually abused at home. Kampusch appeared in court last week to testify in her mother's defense, where she insisted her mother wasn't involved in any way.
Austrian Kidnap Victim Buys "House Of Horrors" - Strollerderby