The man on the right is Josef Fritzl (Reuters Photo) who is accused of locking his daughter in a complex network of rooms under his basement. He fathered seven children with her.
Bad men have done bad things before, but that’s not the strangest part:
Fritzl then brought Elisabeth and her remaining two children out of the basement, telling his wife — who thought their “missing” daughter had chosen to return home, police said.
Something here just doesn’t pass the smell test. A daughter goes missing, and then reappears? The wife believed this? And this guy must have been quite the engineer that no one ever heard kids crying in the basement. I mean, it says there was one sound proof room, but all the rest weren’t.
I think that the wife probably knew or had suspicion of more than what she’s letting on. I mean, where do you find the time to build such a compound?
In any case, this is child abuse in the extreme, and this man should be punished to the fullest extent of the law. He robbed his children of their education, their innocence, and part of their lives.
Hopefully the family can come along side and help this girl with her children and show love and compassion that her father never showed her.
Update (04-30-2008):More info on the underground complex and what the house looked like.