Apparenlty, from the descriptions of Josef Fritzl and his household, it was maintained through a culture of fear. Christine R, Fritzl’s sister-in-law, said that her sister likely had no idea because of the constant fear she lived in and a strong desire to keep family together. “When he said it was black, it was black, even when it was 10 times white,” Christine R. said , who was interviewed Saturday evening at her home in Austria. “He tolerated no dissent…”, she went on to say.
Christine R. considered Josef Fritzl as a “tyrant” who created an elaborate cover story that no one questioned of Elisabeth running away to join a cult and abandoning three children on their doorstep, which was ultimately assisted by the fear he had worked so hard to create in the household.
The Oberoesterreichische Nachrichten daily on Saturday printed an excerpt of a 1967 court record found in the state archives in Linz, in which a Josef F. was accused of breaking into the apartment of a 24-year-old nurse and raping her.
History (and psychopathic behavior) seems to repeat itself. Perhaps, Austria needs to look into why they keep breeding psycopathic monsters like Hitler and Fritzl.
In what seems to be a move out of the American legal playbook, Fritzl is reportedly likely to claim insanity to dodge a larger ordeal for himself.