Josef Fritzl

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Date of Birth April 9, 1935
Place of Birth Austria
Age 85 years old
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The Fritzl case emerged in April 2008, when a woman named Elisabeth Fritzl told police in the town of Amstetten, Austria, that she had been held captive for 24 years by her father, Josef Fritzl. Fritzl had assaulted, sexually abused, and raped her numerous times during her imprisonment inside a concealed area in the basement of the family home. The abuse by Elisabeth's father resulted in the birth of seven children: three of them remained in captivity with their mother, one had died just days after birth at the hands of Josef Fritzl who disposed of his body in an incinerator, and the other three were brought up by Fritzl and his wife, Rosemarie, having been reported as foundlings.

Born: Josef Fritzl, April 9, 1935, Amstetten, Austria
Nationality: Austrian
Known for: imprisoning and raping his daughter, Elisabeth
Criminal penalty: Life imprisonment
Criminal status: Incarcerated at Garsten Abbey
Spouse(s): Rosemarie Fritzl

About Josef Fritzl

Austrian rapist convicted of abusing and confining his daughter Elisabeth in a hidden room for twenty-four years.

Before Fame

He married his wife Rosemarie when he was twenty-one and she was seventeen.


He was sentenced to life imprisonment in March 2009.

Family Life

His abuse of Elisabeth resulted in seven children.


His imprisonment of his daughter is of a similar nature to what Jaycee Dugard experienced.

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Latest information about Josef Fritzl updated on January 25, 2021.

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