Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Natascha Kampusch says her captor and Josef Fritzl idolised their mothers

Natascha Kampusch, the Austrian kidnap victim who was kept in a cellar for eight years has compared her captor to Josef Fritzl who imprisoned and raped his daughter in a dungeon, saying both men had an obsession with their mothers.

Miss Kampusch, now 20, was just ten years old when Wolfgang Priklopil abducted her and held her captive in a cellar below his home in Austria.

Now the host of her own television programme, Miss Kampusch said there were clear parallels between Priklopil, 44, and Fritzl, 73, who held his daughter Elisabeth captive and fathered seven children with her. She said that both Prikopil and Fritzl idolised their mothers to an "abnormal degree".

Describing her time in captivity, she said: "Before she (Priklopil's mother) came over to tidy up I'd have to clean the whole house so that she thought he was this proper upstanding person.

"Regardless of what I did, he would always say, 'My mother does it better'."

Fritzl has admitted fantasizing about his mother, saying: "Yes, probably, but I was strong, almost as strong as my mother, and I have therefore managed to suppress my urges.

"I grew up in a poor family. My father was a no-good scoundrel who always cheated on her and my mother threw him out of the house when I was four – and she was quite right to do so. After that, it was only the two of us.

"My mama was a strong woman. She taught me discipline, order and diligence. She enabled me good education and job training and she constantly worked hard and would take difficult jobs only to support the both of us.

"She was as strict as it was necessary. She was the best woman in the world. And I was her husband, in some way. She was the boss at home, but I was the only man in the house."

Prosecutors confirmed that they believed Fritzl acted alone in imprisoning his daughter, saying they could find no evidence that he had any accomplices.

Gerhard Sedlacek, a prosecution spokesman, said that forensic experts did not find traces of DNA in the cellar prison belonging to anyone except Fritzl and his captive family and that Elisabeth told detectives that she never saw or suspected anyone else was in the cellar.

They also ruled out the involvement of Fritzl's wife Rosemarie. Colonel Franz Polzer, a police spokesman, said: "What woman would possibly agree to her husband fathering seven children with her own daughter, had she known about it?"

Mr Sedlacek said forensic experts were now probing the electricity and the ventilation systems of the cellar.

Meanwhile, prosecutors preparing the charges against Fritzl said he was "cooperating" with officials who have questioned him three times in the prison in the regional capital St Pölten. A forensic psychiatrist is now examining Fritzl to determine whether he is fit to stand trial.

The first hearing is expected to take place in autumn or latest by the end of the year and authorities announced it could be closed to the public due to the sensitive nature of the case.

Officials from the St Pölten court initially said that they were considering holding the hearing in a conference hall of a luxury hotel as the courtroom was too small to take all reporters and camera crews, but it was now revealed that the trial was more likely to take place behind closed doors.

Elisabeth, and her children Stefan, 18, Lisa, 15, Monika, 14, Alexander, 12, and Felix, five, have been reunited with their grandmother Rosemarie at an Austrian clinic and are currently undergoing family therapy. The oldest child, Kerstin, 19, has been put into a medically-induced coma following a multiple organ failure, but doctors reported that her condition has improved and that they have initiated the wake-up phase.

Original Article -

Natascha Kampusch says her captor and Josef Fritzl idolised their mothers - Telegraph

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I read this article on Saturday and was pretty disgusted how it seemed like it was a little article in the newspaper that could as easily been overlooked,and perhaps to me could have been the most serious article.i came to tears when i heard what had happen to this 3year old child and that Police ,social workers and anyone who could help this child failed Kyle Smith.Just listening to what these animals did to him got me physically sick.Does a child have to die in order for them to get the help that is owed to them.these are children who cant defend themselves,so they look to higher authorities for help and if we don't do what we can to provide a safe and healthy enviorment for these children then we are useless.It's ashame that we know this won't be the last time a child is tortured like this so then how many more children have to go threw this before the system provides safer conditions for these children .I hope your conscious is clear if u knew what was going on and could've helped this's a shame that the boy is better off in heaven then actually having a chance to live a long successful life,just think of it this way what if that was your child?i bet there would a lot of people out there singing a different tune.As for the people who tortured this innocent child words can't expressed what i think should happen to both of yous.calling you people is actually saying that you have a heart,i hope you both go to your grave the same way you drove Kyle to his,you animals deserve not even jail time,that would be to easy for you,you deserve death.and i never mentioned these two animals name's is because my stomach literally turns.And just one thing to Jay the brother of one of the killers,even if your brother never layed a hand on Kyle he guilty anyway ,if he knew what was going on he should have did whatever in his power to protect that child and you know why he didnt protect Kyle cause he beat that boy just as much as she did.
i want to express my deepest sympathy's to the Family of Kyle Smith, I'm sure he had many people that loved him thoughts and prayers are with you all. and to Kyle may your Beautiful soul rest peacefully.