No one will believe me’: Chilling first words of Josef Fritzl’s daughter who was held prisoner for 24 years by her evil father who raped her 3,000 times
- Elisabeth Fritzl was interviewed by police shortly after she was freed from father
- Police chief has revealed how victim was worried people would not believe her
- Josef Fritzl kept her and three children he fathered with her locked up in cellar
- Fritzl was jailed for life in 2009 after pleading guilty to imprisonment and rape
The heartbreaking first words of the woman held captive by Josef Fritzl for 24 years have been revealed as ‘no one will believe me’.
Elisabeth Fritzl was interviewed by police chief Willibald Reitner shortly after she was freed from the clutches of her evil father, who raped her 3,000 during her captivity.
Mr Reitner has spoken about the horrific case for the first time in an interview for a Channel 5 documentary.
He revealed that during conversations about her father, Elisabeth, now 52, refused to refer to Josef by his name, simply saying ‘him’.
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Elisabeth Fritzl was interviewed by police chief Willibald Reitner shortly after she was freed from the clutches of her evil father, who raped her 3,000 during her captivity
Josef Fritzl pictured during his 2009 trial in St. Poelten, Austria. The then 73-year-old was jailed for life for his crimes, but new reports suggest he believes he will one day walk free
The head of criminal investigation in Amstetten, Austria added: ‘Elisabeth didn’t say anything. She said: ‘No one will believe me anyway’.
‘Then we changed our tack and we told [her] “well, maybe you are the victim?2 Suddenly Elisabeth had a different expression about her.
‘After that she said, “If I tell this exactly how it all happened, no one will ever believe me”.
‘Then Elisabeth put down some conditions, she didn’t want to see him again – she meant Fritzl. She never spoke about Fritzl, or her father, she always referred to him as ‘him’.
‘And she was really afraid that no one would believe her, and that everyone would only believe the father.’
Fritzl, now 82, is serving a life sentence after repeatedly raping Elisabeth and fathering seven children by her while keeping her imprisoned in his cellar.
Police released photos of Fritzl’s basement, a concealed network of tiny windowless chambers. Elisabeth had been sealed in when she was 18 and her mother reported her missing
She gave birth to the children while held captive – with three of them ending up trapped inside with her.
But the cellar has now been closed up with 200 tons of concrete after the house became a bizarre tourist attraction.
Fritzl was jailed in March 2009 after pleading guilty to imprisonment and rape.
He kept three of them with him and his wife Rosemarie, who was oblivious to what lay beneath her home.
She thought the three children had been abandoned by Elisabeth after Fritzl convinced her that their daughter had ran away and the evil rapist masqueraded as the children’s grandfather.
Fritzl covers his face during his trial in 2009. Perry observed: ‘His eyes were cold and piercing. No remorse, no compassion, for anyone on earth but himself. No tears. Nothing’
It was the critical illness of Elisabeth’s 19-year-old incest daughter Kerstin in April 2008 which finally heralded the end of the secret cellar and its inhabitants.
Under pressure from a terrified Elisabeth, who warned that Kerstin would die unless she received medical attention, Fritzl took her to hospital.
The house on Ybbsstrasse in Amstetten, Austria, became a symbol of evil after the revelation.
As part of the documentary, psychiatrist Dr Heidi Kastner, who interviewed Fritzl claims that he was ‘born to rape’.
She added: ‘What he described with these rather blunt words was his need to dominate women, to dominate somebody. And to dominate the person sexually.
‘And it was a need he felt, he couldn’t give a reason for that need but it was something that he knew was inside him.’
When Elisabeth’s story emerged after her appearance in hospital with her daughter, police raided the house (pictured) and discovered the labyrinth below