Friday, August 28, 2009
Josef Fritzl - the Austrian beast
After the infamous Josef Fritzl case in Austria where the evil father locked his own daughter in an underground cellar for 24 years, fathering 7 children, now there seems to be another version of Fritzl like case.
It happened in California, USA, the man known as Philip Garrido kidnapped an 11 years old girl, confined her in the hidden backyard of his home for 18 years and raped her numerous times, resulting in the birth of 2 children.
Nancy and Phil Girrado are suspects in the kidnapping and confinement of Jaycee Dugard.
Jaycee Lee Dugard, at age 11, and a computer-aged illustration of Duggard, at 24.
In 1991, Jayce Lee Dugard, then 11, was forced into a car outside of her California home by an unidentified man and woman.
Today, 18 years after her disappearance, a woman claiming to be Dugard turned herself into a San Francisco Bay Area police station.
The woman came into the police station and said she was Jaycee Lee Dugard, a blond, ponytailed girl when she was abducted as she headed to a school bus stop 18 years ago, said sheriff's Lt. Les Lovell of the El Dorado Sheriff's Department.
"We're 99 percent sure it's her," Lovell said.
He said DNA tests were being conducted. The woman was in good health. It was not immediately clear when she had surfaced at the station.
Lovell said Concord police did an investigation after the woman surfaced, and he received a call Wednesday from investigators who had tentatively identified her as Dugard.
Her family has been contacted and they are in the process of arranging a meeting, said Lovell, who was a detective assigned to help investigate the kidnapping in 1991. "We are very confident at this point in time that it is her."
Two people have also been arrested in relation to Duggard's disappearance.
Jimmy Lee, a spokesman for the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Department, confirmed that a man and a woman have been arrested in connection with the case but could provide no other details.
CNN affiliates have reported that Phillip Garrido, 58, and his wife, Nancy Garrido, have been charged.
Phillip Garrido is a registered sex offender and listed on the Department of Justice's Megan's Law page because of a previous forcible rape charge.
Later, a police press conference revealed that Jaycee Lee Dugard has been living in a series of sheds and tents in a hidden backyard at the home of her alleged kidnapper, Phillip Garrido.
Police also say that Garrido allegedly fathered two children with Dugard. The children are 15 and 11, meaning Dugard was just 14 when she had the oldest.
According to police, authorities were tipped off to Dugard's plight when Garrido was questioned by campus security at UC Berkeley when he tried to hand out pamphlets.
This led to a meeting with Garrido's parole officer where the officer met Dugard and the two children. The parole officer informed local police about the children.
News of the missing girl - Jaycee Lee Dugard being found after 18 years
Well Garrido case undoubtedly reminds us of the shocking case of Josef Fritzl - 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, Josef Fritzl, 73 will have to 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.
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.
So now we await the outcome of the investigations on Garrido case.
May justice prevails.
The secrets of the Austrian cellar - a Documentary on Josef Fritzl