Joseph 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 Joseph Fritzl

An Austrian criminal who's known for holding his daughter, Elisabeth, captive for over two decades and repeatedly raping her.

Before Fame

He was born in Austria to his single mother, Maria Fritzl.


He served eighteen months in jail for raping a woman in 1967.

Family Life

He had seven children with his wife, Rosemarie Fritzl, and seven more children with his daughter, Elisabeth, whom he held hostage for twenty-four years.


He and rapist, Ariel Castro, both held women captive for years.

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Latest information about Joseph Fritzl updated on January 27, 2021.

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