The infamous house where Josef Fritzel imprisoned and sexually abused his daughter for 24 years is now set to be used to home refugees in Amstetten, Austria.
Around 50 asylum seekers are expected to live in the notorious house, although whether they’ll be informed about the residence’s extremely grim history is unclear.
Speaking to local media, deputy mayor of Amstetten, Michael Wiesner, said:
It is not something we can prevent. The liquidator is able to do what he wants with it as the representative of the property. We are getting a container here which will offer 150 beds for asylum seekers. By doing so, we will have fulfilled our quota.
Fritzl’s daughter Elisabeth disappeared in 1984 at 18-years-old and re-emerged from the home’s makeshift dungeon basement chamber in 2008. The monstrous Fritzel had kept her captive and raped her thousands of times. She bore him seven children, one of whom died in captivity.
He was sentenced to life in a prison psychiatric ward in March 2009, while Elisabeth and her children were put in the witness protection program and given entirely new identities.
Reports three years ago suggested that the house would be welded shut to stop teenagers breaking in and partying in the dungeon. However, in the end, only the basement was filled with concrete – so at least anyone living there now won’t have to experience the most horrific part of the house!
Still, despite its extremely grim past, at least the abandoned house can now be used for good, rather than evil!