Thursday, March 19, 2009
Josef Fritzl, is no doubt the worst rapist in the history of Austria, Europe and the world...
Fritzl locked his poor daughter for 24 years in an underground cellar and raped her more than 3,000 times........
Today, the telegraph UK reported that 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.