Incest dad faces murder, rape and slavery charges

Austrian officials have charged a father who secretly kept his daughter as his sex slave in their house’s basement for 24 years and fathered her seven children, one of whom died during birth.

Josef Fritzl, 73, has admitted to investigators of imprisoning her daughter Elisabeth, now 42, since she was 18 and repeatedly raping her. Murder, rape, incest, false imprisonment and slavery were the charges filed against him.

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The incest produced seven children, three of whom Fritzl allowed to live with him and his wife upstairs but locking up three others with Elisabeth in the windowless basement. One child died due to breathing problems after birth and Fritzl burned the body in a furnace.

Drugged by her father, Fritzl apparently also forced her to act out pornographic films he showed her in her cell. The rapes continued throughout her captivity.

The story came to light in April when the eldest daughter, Kerstin, became ill and was taken to a hospital. The hospital staff got suspicious of their identities and called the police.

The retired electrician is expected to go on trial early next year. Prosecutors say a psychiatric evaluation has determined he’s mentally competent to stand trial.