DEPRAVED Austrian rapist Josef Fritzl imprisoned his own daughter and fathered seven children with her over a period of 24 years.
Fritzl was jailed for life in 2009 and has reportedly since changed his name – here’s everything you need to know about him…
Who is Josef Fritzl?
In 1984, Fritzl lured his 18-year-old daughter Elisabeth into his cellar where he drugged her and raped her repeatedly.
After telling his own wife that Elisabeth had run away and joined a cult, Fritzl managed to keep his daughter prisoner in the soundproof basement for 24 years.
Josef fathered seven children with his own child in the small cellar where he installed cramped living quarters including a kitchen and bathroom.
While one of the children died shortly after birth, and was incinerated by Fritzl, three of the other kids were brought upstairs to live with him and his wife Rosemarie.
Fritzl told his wife the children belonged to Elisabeth, and she had been left on their doorstep as she was unable to care for them.
The three remaining children were kept in the windowless cellar –aged five to 19 when released – and would first see sunlight in 2008.
Fritzl’s crimes were uncovered when the oldest cellar child, a 19-year-old girl, became seriously ill.
Elisabeth begged her father to take the girl to hospital, but doctors quickly alerted police after questioning the teenager – who had never been in the outside world before.
In March 2009, Fritzl was jailed for life after pleading guilty to murder by negligence over the death of the baby he cremated.
The other charges included enslavement, incest, rape, coercion and false imprisonment.
What happened to Elisabeth Fritzl?
Elisabeth – whose first words to police when she was freed was “no one will believe me” – and her six surviving children live in a fortress-like house in northern Austria where they all receive regular psychological treatment, reports The Times.
She fell out with her mum Rosemarie but the pair have now reconciled and the rapist’s wife enjoys a close relationship the three kids she raised with him in the upstairs home, reports The Independent.
It has also been reported that Elisabeth, now 51, is in a romantic relationship with one of her bodyguards.
All the family members were offered new identities by Austrian authorities and are protected from the media spotlight.
Where is Josef Fritzl now?
Fritzl is serving his life sentence in a special prison unit for the criminally insane.
Now aged 82, a new documentary revealed the notorious rapist believes he will one day go free.
Evil Fritzl was jailed in 2009 but was told he could possibly seek parole after 15 years.
A British-born journalist who covered the infamous case says Fritzl thinks he will one day be a free man despite his evil crimes.
Mark Perry, who first broke the story of the crime, told new Channel 5 documentary Fritzl: What Happened Next: “Fritzl is still in prison of course, and he still dreams of coming free.
“That’s what the solicitor told me. He still thinks he’ll come free one day, go fishing and, and carry on with life.”
Fritzl has since changed his surname to Mayrhoff, it’s been reported.
He paid the City Council of Krems 545 euros (£465) for the formal name change in May 2016, according to Krone.
Evil incest rapist Josef Fritzl dreams of freedom, new doc claims
What happened to Fritzl’s basement and who lives in the house?
Earlier this year it was revealed that the house of horrors was being rented out, with some ghouls paying up to £700 a month to stay there.
The property in the Austrian town of Amstetten was bought by Herbert and Ingrid Houska for just £140,784 in 2016.
They undertook a massive renovation project to “bury the past” and now rent it out for between £347 to £700 – with all ten flats already snapped up.
But the basement where Elisabeth and the children were imprisoned is not in use to prevent it becoming a shrine to other perverts.