Elisabeth Fritzl: The Teen Who Was Held Captive By Her Father for 24 Years
Thu, April 22, 2021

Elisabeth Fritzl: The Teen Who Was Held Captive By Her Father for 24 Years


Since she was 11, Elisabeth Fritzl was abused by her father Josef. This continued until she went missing on August 28, 1984. The 18-year-old girl disappeared into thin air – no one knew her whereabouts, even her family. Josef claimed that Elisabeth had run away and joined a religious cult. Eventually, the case ran cold and before long, the world would forget about the missing Fritzl girl.


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Little did they know, Elisabeth was alive and she was about 20 feet below the house. On the day she went missing, the girl was held captive by Josef, and she spent her life there for the next 24 years. For the first two years, he left the daughter alone, visiting her and giving her food every day. Josef began to rape Elisabeth every night. The family didn’t become suspicious all those years since they thought that he was drawing for the machines that he sold when he went down to the basement. 


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According to All That’s Interesting, a site for curious people who want to know more about what they see on the news or read in history books, Elisabeth gave birth to several children. Josef brought three of them upstairs where the Fritz family lived, but he claimed that Elisabeth left them there because she couldn’t take care of them. 


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Everything changed when one of Elisabeth’s daughter, Kerstin, fell rapidly and critically ill. Josef agreed to bring her to the hospital. But, he claimed that Kerstin was left by her mother with a note explaining her condition. The authorities grew suspicious of the turnout of events. On April 26, 2008, Elisabeth was allowed to visit her daughter.

Elisabeth revealed that Josef kept her in a basement for 24 years and that she bore seven children – all of them Josef’s. The police arrested him that night. As of now, Elisabeth lives under a new identity in a secret Austrian village known only as “Village X.” 



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