Our expert says:
I've written a couple of pieces about Fritzl, which I hope H24 will put online within the coming days. If you do a google search on "Fritzl" you'll find loads of material which will answer your factual questions.
As CP Mom says, one must question how his wife could be so dumb as to have had no questions and to have meekly accepted all his explanations. I"m troubled by what a weird trial this was, seemingly more aimed at covering up such questions than at discovering all the truth. It is hard to believe that nobody saw anything over 24 years ! But he always had an explanation. A tenant upstairs who heard thumping from the basement, was told it was a noise from the heating or hot water system.
Goebbels, Hitler's Minister of Propaganda pointed out that the bigger the lie the more likely it was to be accepted. We don't want to believe ugly truths, and can be surprisingly eager to be deceived.
I think it is ridiculous to put him in a hospital, as even the odd psychiatrist who testified agreed that he had no psychiatric illness ( only a personality disorder ) yet insisted he should be "treated" --- for what ?
It may seem impossible that the children could survive unscathed, but though some children are very vulnerable and damaged by relatively minor traumas, many are incredibly resilient and survive horrors during warfare, for instance, and grow to be pleasant and healthy adults. Much will probably depend on how the mother, Elisabeth treated them, then and now, and she sounds like a wholesomely sensible and caring person, which would make a major difference.
The frightening thing as that while he is an extreme example, there are not a few people who similarly consider others as not really people, and merely as objects to be used to their own satisfaction.
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