- All the key info about what happened to Elisabeth Fritzl and where she is now
Jailed Austrian incest monster Josef Fritzl could soon be released after an expert ruled that he is no longer a danger to the public, it has emerged.
Fritzl, 88, was jailed for life in 2009 after admitting he had kept his daughter Elisabeth locked in the cellar for nearly 25 years.
But who exactly is Elisabeth Fritzl? What happened to her and where is she now? Read on below for everything you need to know about Elisabeth Fritzl.
Fritzl repeatedly raped his daughter Elisabeth (pictured), fathering seven incestuous children with her during her captivity
Jailed Austrian incest monster Josef Fritzl (pictured in 2009) could soon be released after an expert ruled that he is no longer a danger to the public, it has emerged
Who is Elisabeth Fritzl?
Born on April 6 1966, Elisabeth Fritzl is a kidnap survivor who suffered from horrific acts of abuse carried out by her own father, Josef.
Elisabeth had seven children, but one died, all of which were fathered by her evil captor.
Fritzl, 88, is serving his life sentence in a special prison unit for the criminally insane in Austria’s Krems-Stein prison.
What happened to Elisabeth Fritzl?
On August 28 1984, Josef Fritzl called his then 18-year-old daughter Elisabeth into the basement of the family’s home in Amsteten, Austria.
He was re-fitting a door to the newly-renovated cellar in the property and asked Elisabeth to help him carry it.
Horrifically, this was a ploy by Josef to trick his daughter, as he then knocked her unconscious with an ether-soaked towel.
For the next 24 years, the inside of that cellar was the only thing Elisabeth would see.
Her father lied to her mother and the police, telling them she was a runaway and had joined a cult.
During her torturous time spent in the basement of the family home, Fritzl assaulted and sexually abused Elisabeth.
She even gave birth to seven children that were born due to the numerous instances of rape, one of whom died shortly after birth.
Three of her children were brought up by Josef and Elisabeth’s mother, Rosemarie, who was deceived by her husband into thinking they were left at the doorstep by their ‘missing’ daughter, who Josef claimed was unable to care for them.
Depraved Fritzl, 88, was jailed for life in 2009 after admitting he had kept his daughter Elisabeth locked in a cellar (pictured) as his sex slave for 24 years
During her ordeal under the family home in Amstetten in the state of Lower Austria, Fritzl fathered seven children with her in a case that shocked Austria and the world
Elisabeth’s remaining three children were raised by her while she was held captive in the cellar.
Thankfully, at the age of 42, Elisabeth was able to escape to freedom on April 26 2008, after one of her children fell unconscious and Josef agreed to seek medical assistance for the child.
Elisabeth was able to be set free after police were tipped off by medical staff and she told them about her horrendous experiences, which led to Josef Fritzl being arrested arrested and eventually jailed for life in 2009.
Where is Elisabeth Fritzl now?
Elisabeth was given a new name following Josef’s trial, which saw strict laws introduced to prevent her identity from being revealed.
She now lives with her six surviving children in a tiny hamlet in the Austria countryside, which also cannot be identified and only referred to by Austrian media as ‘Village X’.
The children, aged between 21 and 35 as of January 2024, are said to have slept in rooms with doors permanently open after undergoing weekly therapy sessions to help them overcome the traumas they suffered inside the cellar.