A secret basement and ‘hidden areas’ have been found at a house in Austria previously owned by depraved rapist Josef Fritzl.
The discovery was made by construction workers who were at the property measuring a guest house.
For a number of years, Josef and his wife Rosemarie Fritzl ran the guesthouse ‘Seestern’ (Starfish) in the picturesque lakeside town of Unterach am Mondsee, a short drive south of the city of Salzburg.
The Fritzl family left the property back in 1996 and it’s now rented by a man who can only identified as Helmut L.
According to media reports, two construction workers measuring the building discovered a room with a staircase leading to ‘nowhere’ behind an improvised wall.
In addition to this, they claim to have found some glass tiles in front of another wall.
Helmut L. said:
There are cavities everywhere in the house.
Strangely, in the period when the Fritzls occupied the house it was burned down twice and then rebuilt.
Josef Fritzl was actually investigated as the suspected arsonist but the police could never prove anything so no charges were made against him.
Bizarrely, according to local media this house was never properly inspected by the police even after they learned about Fritzl’s crimes which took place in a basement in his next property.
Fritzl kept his own daughter Elisabeth captive for 24 years in his guesthouse in the town of Amstetten, where he used her as a sex slave in a soundproofed dungeon.
He raped her more than 3,000 times and also fathered seven children with her, one of which was found to have died.
Fritzl’s horrific crimes only came to light when Kerstin, the eldest daughter fathered by Fritzl, slipped into a coma and was taken to hospital – where doctors noted her malnourished condition and rotting teeth.
Elisabeth was given permission to finally leave the cellar in order to visit Kerstin in hospital, she was arrested and told police about the horrific crimes her father had committed.
Fritzl, who recently changed his surname to Mayrhoff, to avoid being recognised by fellow prisoners, is serving a life sentence for murder and rape at Austria’s most secure psychiatric prison, Garsten Abbey.
The murder charge was for the.death by negligence of one of his sons.
Fritzl’s house in Amstetten was bought by Herbert and Ingrid Houska for only 160,000 EUR (143,581 GBP). They renovated the building, which includes multiple flats, and have rented out all 10 properties.
Herbert Houska said he saw the refurbishing of the house as a wiping-clean of the area’s history.
The sarcophagus of Amstetten is gone. I think really something beautiful has emerged and the past has been buried. Many residents congratulate me and are happy.
It is time to finally look forward.
Only the basement of the complex where Elisabeth was held is not in use as the Amstetten authorities filled it in to prevent it from ‘becoming a shrine’ to tourists.
Nobody in the house, including Fritzl’s wife and other children, knew about the tragedy playing out beneath them in the self-constructed dungeon.