Man who imprisoned daughter claims insanity
Josef Fritzl, a 73-year-old Austrian man accused of imprisoning and abusing his daughter in a cellar, should be treated for mental illness rather than facing a trial, his lawyer said.
Fritzl’s daughter Elisabeth lived for 24 years in the cellar, where she bore her father seven children. Three of the children stayed with her and never before saw the light of day, police said. The crimes were revealed when Elisabeth’s 19-year-old daughter became ill.
Fritzl’s wife, Rosemarie, said she was completely unaware of the situation. Fritzl told her that their daughter had run away from home at the age of 17 and joined a cult. He explained Elisabeth’s children by him as being sent away from the cult. Police say they have no reason to suspect that Rosemarie was complicit in the imprisonment.