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Austrian man 'confesses to holding daughter captive'

An Austrian man has confessed to imprisoning his daughter for 24 years in a windowless basement cell and fathering seven children with her, three of whom "never saw sunlight" until they were freed over the weekend, police said today.


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Oh My gog what the fuck is happening in the world! what a gross indecency! what a humiliation to humanity and human rights ultimately. Real Justice is to kill this mother fucker, i would do justice if i just could. damn it man damn it


Austrian man Josef Fritzl and police photos of the basement cell where he imprisoned his daughter.

Austrian man Josef Fritzl and police photos of the basement cell where he imprisoned his daughter.
Photo: Agencies

Josef Fritzl, now 73, also told investigators that he tossed the body of one of the children in an incinerator when the infant died shortly after birth, said Franz Polzer, head of the Lower Austrian Bureau of Criminal Affairs.

"We are being confronted with an unfathomable crime," Interior Minister Guenther Platter said.

Authorities said three of the surviving children - aged 19, 18 and five - were confined during their entire lives to the darkness of their cell by the suspect, who Polzer said "managed to deceive everyone" until he allegedly confessed in police custody today.

Police released Fritzl's full name and photograph at a news conference today, after his identity was already widely reported by media.

He was an authoritarian who took care never to allow anyone near the cellar, Polzer told reporters.

The daughter, who is now 42, had been missing since 1984 and was found by police in the town of Amstetten on Saturday evening after police received a tip. read more

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