May 22, 2008
Apparently, the Austrian House of Horrors was NOT one-of-a-kind. In Argentina, a 73-year-old man fathered two children with his young daughter and kept her as his sexual prisoner. He was just sentenced to serve 16 years in prison himself.
Prosecutor Sergio Antin said the case of Eleuterio Soria had similarities to that of Josef Fritzl, the Austrian man arrested last month for locking his daughter in a basement for 24 years. “If we’re talking about sexual subjugation, and we take into account that the victim did not leave the house, yes, there are similarities”.
The trial revealed that the abuse of his daughter began in 1992, when she was only 12 years old. The following year, after becoming pregnant by her father, her mother left their home in La Matanza, a working-class Buenos Aires neighborhood. The family’s remaining five children eventually left, too.
The daughter, whose name was not released, had a second child by her father in 1997. Unlike Fritzl, Soria used psychological domination rather than physical restraints to keep her in the housem including but not limited to threatening her babies at gun point. This was the only thing that would bring her back on the occasions she feld the home.
Her final escape came in 2003, which was followed by her denouncing her father to authorities.
May 4, 2008
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.