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In April 2008, in the quiet Austrian town of Amstetten, a truly horrifying vision of hell was discovered by police in the cellar of a seemingly normal suburban home. Undoubtedly the worst case in Austrian criminal history, this appalling story of incarceration and sexual abuse quickly became international news. On August 28, 1984, Josef Fritzl lured Elisabeth, the youngest of his seven children, into the cellar of their family home where he drugged and handcuffed her in a windowless dungeon. For 24 years Josef held his daughter captive in unimaginable circumstances and repeatedly raped her. Elisabeth gave birth to seven of her father's children, three of which were imprisoned alongside her, never seeing the light of day until they were released in April 2008; three others were taken to live as the adopted or fostered children of Josef and his unwitting wife Rosemarie. One infant died soon after birth and was incinerated by its monstrous father. It was only when the eldest captive child, Kerstin, was admitted to hospital with multiple organ failure that Josef’s sickening web of incest and abuse was uncovered by the authorities. Millions of people across the world have been shocked, sickened, and fascinated by this horrifying crime, and as it unravels gossip has become merged with fact. Now for the first time the truth is revealed through the investigative talents of author Nigel Cawthorne.

Published: John Blake an imprint of Independent Publishers Group on Aug 4, 2008
ISBN: 9781857826456
List price: $9.99
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the subject was good . I wish the writing was better read more
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I was kind of surprised that a book about the Fritzl's was published so soon. The author certainly didn't waste any time! We all saw the news about this poor woman and her children, but the truth is much more horrifying than even the media hype. The nightmare life these people were forced to endure for twenty-four years would have sent many people insane, but Elisabeth managed to survive with enough presence of mind to seize her chance at escaping.House of Horrors is not an enjoyable read, but it is an informative one. The author has shown sensitivity to the emotional and psychological needs of the victims by refraining from publishing intimate details of the crime (unlike the paparazzi, who insist on imposing on their privacy) and the book is written in a casual style that makes it easy to read.Whether you are interested in true crime or simply wish to learn about this particular case, this book is worth reading.read more
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the subject was good . I wish the writing was better
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
I was kind of surprised that a book about the Fritzl's was published so soon. The author certainly didn't waste any time! We all saw the news about this poor woman and her children, but the truth is much more horrifying than even the media hype. The nightmare life these people were forced to endure for twenty-four years would have sent many people insane, but Elisabeth managed to survive with enough presence of mind to seize her chance at escaping.House of Horrors is not an enjoyable read, but it is an informative one. The author has shown sensitivity to the emotional and psychological needs of the victims by refraining from publishing intimate details of the crime (unlike the paparazzi, who insist on imposing on their privacy) and the book is written in a casual style that makes it easy to read.Whether you are interested in true crime or simply wish to learn about this particular case, this book is worth reading.
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