I may post a lot of paranormal, but I personally believe the scariest things in life are what humans are capable of.
TRIGGER WARNINGS: RAPE
Meet Josef Fritzl. He had a daughter named Elisabeth who he began to sexually and physically abuse since the age of 11.
One day, he ask her to come downstairs to the basement. He said he needed help carrying a door. In reality, it was the last piece of this chamber he was constructing.
Elisabeth held it in place while Josef fitted it into the frame. Then he held an ether-soaked towel on Elisabeth’s face until she was unconscious, and threw her into the chamber.
After not hearing back or seeing her daughter, Elisabeth’s mother and Josef’s wife, filed a missing persons report.
What Josef did was force Elisabeth to write a letter saying she was tired of living with her family and wanted to live with a friend. He handed it over to the police.
Her father told the police, she most likely joined a religious sect.
Elisabeth revealed that in her first few days, she banged on the walls and clawed at the ceiling, howling for help. She broke her fingernails and clawed away her skin until blood was dripping down her forearms.
Over the next 24 years, Fritzl visited her in the hidden cellar every 3 days on average, to bring food and other supplies. After his arrest, he admitted that he repeatedly raped her.
Elisabeth gave birth to 7 children during her captivity. One of them died (and was thrown into the heater as an attempt to get rid of the body) while the other Josef placed on his doorsteps and claimed that his grandchildren “appeared” on his doorsteps with a noted from Elisabeth asking them to take care of them. Officials bought it and granted him custody.
The other 3 children were kept with Elisabeth. Fritzl told Elisabeth and the three who remained (Kerstin, Stefan, and Felix) that they would be gassed if they tried to escape.
DISCOVERY AFTER 24 YEARS IN CAPTIVATION
What happened was that one of the children, Kerstin fell ill. Elisabeth pleaded with Josef for her to seek medical attention and he complied. He took the child to the hospital and made up a story saying how he had found a note from the mother.
Officials looked into this and found began to suspect some things, like how the notes were oddly written and how the cult Josef was speaking of didn’t exist.
Josef took Elisabeth out of the dungeon in 2008, because officials sent out a broadcast demanding the mother of the child come out to provide medical details. He claimed that she decided to return. She was taken to the police, where after being reassured that she would never see her father ever again, she confessed to everything. Her mother and the wife of Josef didn’t know about ANY of this.
This is all horrifying.
This is a diagram of where Elisabeth was kept and the actual picture to.
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