Secrets in the Cellar Author:John Glatt Josef Fritzl was a 73-year-old retired engineer in Austria. He seemed to be living a normal life with his wife, Rosemarie, and their family, though one daughter, Elisabeth, had decades earlier been "lost" to a religious cult. — Throughout the years, three of Elisabeth's children mysteriously appeared on the Fritzl's doorstep; Josef and Rosemarie ... more »raised them as their own. But only Josef knew the truth about Elisabeth's disappearance.
For twenty-seven years, Josef had imprisoned and molested Elisabeth in his man-made basement dungeon, complete with sound-proof paneling and code-protected electric locks. There, she would eventually give birth to a total of seven of Josef's children. One died in infancy, and the other three were raised alongside Elisabeth, never to see the light of day.
Then, in 2008, one of Elisabeth's children became seriously ill, and was taken to the hospital. It was the first time the nineteen-year-old girl had ever gone outside, and soon, the truth about her background, her family's captivity, and Josef's unspeakable crimes would come to light.« less
The true case of the Austrian man who locked up his daughter in his cellar for 27 years and had 7 children by her. The rest of his family lived upstairs, completely unaware of what was going on below. Very scary, a true horror story. Upsetting, but hard to put down.
One of the most incredible true stories I have ever read. I received it in the morning, started it in the afternoon, was finished the next afternoon. Although the setting is not the US, John Glatt writes so well, it keeps you captive. (no pun intended) This story will break your heart. It almost seems too bizarre to be true.