First edition 2008, Penguin
Softcover; 269 pages w/ photos. 20cmx13cm.
A Rapist Father, A Captive Daughter, A Secret Dungeon
24 years and 7 incest children later, the nightmare ends and the story of the Fritzls can be told
On 28 August 1984, Josef Fritzl drugged his teenage daughter Elizabeth with ether and imprisoned her in a soundproof underground bunker, behind eight locked doors.
For twenty-four years, he raped and abused her, never letting her or three of the seven children she bore him out of the dark, windowless cellar. Getting to the heart of one of the most horrific cases of abuse ever recorded, Allan Hall has reconstructed a monstrous personality from new interviews with psychologists, neighbours, colleagues and friends who knew Fritzl, as well as the insight of his own chilling confession.
The picture of Fritzl that emerges, and the extraordinary lengths he went to in order to conceal his activities and the dark nature of his past in Nazi Austria, is a truly heart-stopping record of a man so cruel he inflicted almost inconceivable suffering on his own children.