18-year-old Girl Disappeared for 24 Years Until Police Uncovered Her Dark Secret


Teenagers, in a general viewpoint, are ‘rebelliously’ seeking their freedom at their very young age–wanting to do things on their own without the guidance of their parents and/or guardians. They are tending to be more delinquent and wanting to gain freedom and live life on their own.

In a featured article by Life Daily Website, a teenager girl named Elisabeth Fritzl reportedly had experienced a tough childhood memories that we cannot argue about. Even at a very young age, she has been the object of abuse and maltreatment of her own father and a level of emotional detachment from her mother. And when she turned 18 and reach her legal age, she knew that all of these things that she has experienced will finally be done, and she will eventually free herself. But…

  1. Her ‘Beloved’ Daddy

The teenager girl named Elisabeth grew up in Amstetten, Austria. Her parents had been married at a very young age. Joseph was 21 and Rosemarie was just only 17 during that time. Still, the two were really captivated by love and that love soon cultivated into a happy family. The Fritzl’s had seven children: two sons and five daughters, including Elisabeth.

  1. Elisabeth being a Waitress

The teenager Elisabeth had to cope with her father’s horrible attitude and behavior more than her siblings. But she went through life with an optimistic attitude, dreaming that one day she could leave that place called ‘home’ and start her own journey. At age 15, once she had finished schooling, she took a job as a waitress.

  1. Runaway

Elisabeth found a good friend and companion working in the restaurant where she found her first job. She disclosed in her friend about the abuse and maltreatment that she had experienced at the hands of her horrible father and the two planned to stow away to Vienna. Unfortunately, Elisabeth’s departure was untimely–she was not yet on her legal age and was eventually found by police and was returned back to their home.

  1. Day of Independence

She returned to work as a waitress and was soon offered a job in nearby Linz, Austria. Now was her chance. She was finally 18 and able to go out on her own, free from her parents and all of the tough memories she is carrying inside her heart. But on August 29, 1984, Elisabeth vanished without telling any of her friends where she was going, nor her siblings. She had plainly disappeared.

  1. Missing: Elisabeth Fritzl

And also according to the story, Elisabeth’s mother filed a missing person’s report on the police immediately. She recalled that her daughter had done this before and been gone for only three months. But she knew that this time was different. Though she was unaware of the degree of her husband’s abuse and maltreatment of their daughter, she knew that Elisabeth had always talked of leaving and dreaming to live on her own. But she knew that Elisabeth wouldn’t just leave like that without saying any farewell at all.

  1. The Controversial Letter

After a month, Elisabeth’s father Joseph Fritzl presented a ‘controversial’ letter over to the authorities. It was postmarked in Braunau and claimed that Elisabeth had been tired of living within their home and was staying with a friend. She warned them not to look for her anymore or she would leave the country and will not come back anymore. The only problem was none of Elisabeth’s friends had any idea where she can be found.

  1. Cult Indoctrination

Elisabeth’s father firmly believed that she may have joined some sort of ‘religious cult’ and that was likely their prisoner or had been indoctrinated by these cults. According to his statement, she had always been rather impressionable and he told the police as much. The father told police that she had most likely joined some religious cult.

  1. The Horrifying Truth

However the truth is, Elisabeth was being held prisoner, but not by any sort of religious cult or the likes. No, the truth was far worse. On the day of her disappearance, according to the report, Elisabeth and her father were home together. Josef had asked his daughter if he could help her carry a door into the cellar at the basement of their own house.

  1. Fainting

When they’re at the basement, Elisabeth’s father held an ‘ether-soaked’ rag on Elisabeth’s face, she fell unconscious and she was chained to a wall in the basement. The chamber he had built for her was soundproof, locked from the outside, and was unknown to anyone else inside their house. He was going to make sure she can never leave their family again.

  1. Every 72 Hours

Whenever she’s awake, Joseph explained the current situation to his daughter based on his conditions. She was never going to leave the basement again and she was never going to see her friends again, nor any other member of her family. He then made her write the said ‘letter’ which he would give to the police, threatening her that she will be killed if she will not do all the things that he says. After that, Josef visited her in the hidden cellar every 72 hours or three days on average, to bring food and other supplies. And what’s horribly surprising is that he did it for the next twenty (20) years!

  1. Three More Prisoners

Elisabeth’s father abuse and maltreatment of his daughter became more conspicuous. He had graduated from serious physical and emotional tortures and had escalated to sexual abuse. This horrifying sexual abuse resulted in Elisabeth becoming pregnant seven times during her solitary confinement. Three of her children were imprisoned with their mother: Kerstin, Stefan, and Felix.

  1. The Others

Apparently, the three other children were actually raised by Josef and his wife Rosemarie in the upstairs home. In all three cases, Josef claimed that he had got the children outside their house as foundlings and that Lisa, Monika, and Alexander had all been left there by his runaway daughter.

  1. Life at the Basement

When the fourth child was born, her father put Elisabeth and her children to work and enlarge their own prison by their own. He provided them a television, radio, and VCR as well as a refrigerator for storing food and hot plate if they wanted to cook. But he offered up atrocious warnings and harsh punishments for those who would violate his orders and directives.

  1. Atrocious Warnings

Josef warned that anyone who tried to meddle with the cellar door or its locks would receive an electric shock and die. He also told them that they would be gassed if they tried to break out. If they violate his orders, he would punish them by shutting off their lights and refuse to deliver food for days at a time. Still, Elisabeth did her very best to care for her remaining children…

  1. Blind Rosemarie

Elizabeth’s mother was unaware of what was happening in the underground cellar. Neither she nor any of her other children were permitted by Josef to enter the basement, which they all believed was Josef’s secret work station. And though the family received regular visits from social workers for their “foundlings”, they never saw nor heard anything that might arouse their suspicions.

  1. Some Indications and Signs

A tenant, who rented a ground-floor room in the same house for 12 years claimed to hear noises coming from the basement but never could tell what they were. Josef of course explained the sounds were from the gas heating system. Then one day, Elisabeth’s daughter Kerstin, who was now 19, became very sick…

  1. Everyone’s Sick

Elisabeth’s daughter from her own father Kerstin became so seriously ill that Josef had no choice but to accept Elisabeth’s pleas to take her to a hospital, This single act of kindness would what lead to Josef’s downfall and the rescue of Elisabeth and her three children. Elisabeth helped carry Kerstin out of the basement under cover of darkness and take her to the doctor. It had been the first time she had seen the outside world in 24-long years.

  1. Confusing

The story that Josef told to the medical staff in the hospital about “finding” Kerstin on the street, was more than just confusing and incredible. Kerstin was admitted to the hospital with severe kidney failure, but her mother and father were nowhere in sight. The police were called and the subsequent investigation revealed the truth about the horrifying story. Elisabeth and her children were finally freed from the hands of Josef.

  1. Finally Safe and Okay

Elisabeth and her six children were given medical care and mental health treatment and eventually moved to a village in central Austria. Though they all required to underwent medical sessions and therapies for their severe PTSD, the children love being able to play outside and love being able to be together.

  1. Convictedly Insane

Elisabeth’s father Josef Fritzl was sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for 15 on March 19, 2009. He took the judgment without any appeal or argument. He was placed in Garsten Abbey in a special wing for the criminally insane. With any luck, as same as what he did to his own blood and flesh, he too will never be given the opportunity to see the outside world as long as he was locked behind steel bars.

This was so far one of the horrible cases ever recorded in history. Not until the demonic convict will face ‘true judgement’ that he can pay for such a terrible crime.