Secrets in the Cellar Author:John Glatt In 1984, friends and neighbors of Josef and Rosemarie Fritzl felt sorry for the couple whose 18-year-old daughter had run off to join a cult. No one, not even Rosemarie, suspected the truth: that Elisabeth was imprisoned in a soundproofed dungeon her father had constructed beneath their home. There, Josef, an Austrian engineer of some repute, ke... more »pt her as his sex slave for 24 years. His brutal acts of incest resulted in the birth of seven children, and not until one of them needed hospitalization, a 19-year-old who had never seen the light of day, was suspicion aroused. What would drive a man to commit such unspeakable acts? Secrets in the Cellar is a story all the more difficult to believe because it is true.« less
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.
A true story that is so very disturbing to anyone who reads it. I found the whole legal system that was in place sadly lacking in teeth to do anything about the situation as it was being done.
Compelling and so heartwrenching for the family that they had this monster to live with. Makes you want to watch your neighbors more closely.