Josef Fritzl, 73 will spend the rest of his life in a top-security psychiatric hospital for murdering a baby boy he fathered during the 24 years he kept his daughter Elisabeth locked up in a cellar.
The murder charge related to Michael Fritzl, one of seven children Fritzl fathered by his daughter Elisabeth as he raped her more than 3,000 times.
The boy, one of twins, died in April 1996, just 66 hours after he was born. He developed breathing difficulties but Fritzl refused to seek medical help, making him guilty of "homicide by neglect".
Fritzl, 73, was jailed for life after a jury in St Poelten, Austria, unanimously found him guilty of murder at the end of a four-day trial at which he had already admitted incest, rape, false imprisonment and coercion.
The jury also convicted Fritzl of slavery – making him the first man to be convicted of the offence in Austria.
He had changed his not guilty plea to the murder and slavery charges on Wednesday, having previously denied them, but the local judicial system dictated that the jury still had to return a formal verdict.
Earlier, Fritzl had apologised "from the bottom of my heart" for the horrific torture he meted out to Elisabeth.
He claimed he wished he could "make amends" for his appalling crimes.
His lawyer, Rudolf Mayer, told the court that Fritzl's earlier decision to change his plea to guilty had come after he saw Elisabeth in court on Tuesday.
Fritzl – with the look of evil
One of the worst rapist in the world is selling his house!!!
Josef Fritzl, 73 is known as the worst rapist in Austria , if not Europe and the craziest the world has ever seen.
Earlier reports indicated that Fritzl, better known as the Austrian Incest Beast planed to sell the house of horror where he commited the shocking crime of the century against his daughter, Elisabeth for 24 years.
In prison, he can still become a millionaire because sick buyers wanted to turn the house in Amstatten into a museum.
The current price of the house is 400,000 Pounds.
However neighbours fear buyers are willing to pay up to 3 times the value of the place where Fritzl imprisoned and raped Elisabeth for 24 years, fathering 7 children.
Elisabeth then 18 was lured by his father into the dungeon basement on 28 August 1984 and only tasted freedom on 26 April 2008, after a long and sad 24 years…
During that horrendous time, Elisabeth never saw sunlight and 3 of her children were imprisoned with her.
Fritzl has been diagnosed as having severe combined personality disorder and a sexual disorder.
His psychiatrist, Adelheid Kastner, recommended that Fritzl receive psychiatric care for the rest of his life.
But under Austrian law, he is free to sell the house for an inflated price.
The house is expected to be put on sale after his trial.
Well some people think they could turn the house into a money spinner if they could get permission to open it to the public.
But as for me, I do hope a Tomahawk Missile is fired straight at Fritzl home…!!!
Fritzl – his first criminal conviction - 18 months jail for raping a woman in 1967
He said, "I was born to rape, and I held myself back for a relatively long time. I could have behaved a lot worse than locking up my daughter.”
A 19 year old Fritzl in 1954
The door that lead to the cellar was very heavy with steel and concrete. It was opened by a motor and remote controlled device.
Narrow passage to the dungeon where Elisabeth Fritzl was imprisoned since 28 August 1984 to 26 April 2008 (24 long and sad years)
Scene of crime - The Horror House in Amstatten
The horror house in Amstatten is now a tourists attraction.