Fritzl describes himself as 'born rapist'

Josef Fritzl, the Austrian who held his daughter prisoner in a cellar for a quarter of a century and fathered seven children with her, has described himself to psychiatrists as a “born rapist” and revealed that he was habitually beaten by his mother who was bent on denigrating him.

In a confidential psychiatrists’ report that was leaked to the Austrian media today, Mr Fritzl revealed to his doctors: “ I have realised that I had an evil streak. But for someone who was born a rapist, I managed to control myself for some time.”

Mr Fritzl was arrested last spring, after police discovered the underground cellar beneath his home in the Austrian town of Amstetten where he kept his daughter Elizabeth in an underground cellar without daylight for 24 years. He is estimated to have raped her some 3,000 times.

The former engineer and property developer is currently being held in prison in the Austrian city of St Pölten where he has been subjected to a thorough psychiatric examination pending his trial early next year.

Dr Adelheid Kastner, the Austrian psychiatrist, wrote in her 13 page report, which was compiled on the basis of six interviews, that the self-confessed rapist was an “emotional cripple” who was “ unable to control his urges.” She recommended that he never be released from prison. “Whatever age he is there is considerable risk that he will re-offend.”

The psychiatrist went on to paint a bleak picture of Mr Fritzl’s childhood – a period during which he was repeatedly beaten and mistreated by his mother who claimed that she only gave birth to him to prove to other men that she was not infertile.

“His domestic situation was uncertain and he had to suffer a mother who demotivated him, denigrated him and was prone to violence,” Dr Kastner wrote. “It was a home which was absolutely devoid of security and lacking in understanding of the basic needs of a child.”

Mt Fritzl grew up without his father. As a child he suffered from an ailment which caused him severe pain every time he urinated. However his mother only took him to the doctor after a neighbour intervened and discovered how much he was suffering.

During World War II, his mother refused to go into a bomb shelter during air raids. Mr Fritzl had to go with neighbours and was tormented by the fear that he would emerge to find his mother dead.

Dr Kastner concluded that Mr Fritzl’s relationship with his mother left him “severely deformed” and with a permanent need to dominate women that resulted in his uncontrollable sexual urges. He told the psychiatrist that after kidnapping his daughter at the age of 18, he believed that his daughter would belong to him alone and that if she ever broke free, she would never be attractive to another man.

He claimed that whenever he raped his daughter, he felt ashamed that he had given in to his urges. “I could never look her in the face,” he is quoted as saying. “I could have done a lot worse to my daughter in the 24 years that I kept her in the cellar, but I used to put those urges into my work to keep them at bay.”

Dr Kastner concluded in her report that Mr Fritzl was fully aware of his actions throughout his daughter’s ordeal. “Therefore he must accept responsibility and that means he can go on trial,” she wrote.

Her report was said to have formed the basis of prosecution demands that Fritzl be tried and sentenced and then permanently committed to a psychiatric hospital where he would undergo therapy and possible medication.

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
PROMOTED VIDEO
ebooks
ebooksA year of political gossip, levity and intrigue from the sharpest pen in Westminster
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Account Manager

£20000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This full service social media ...

Recruitment Genius: Data Analyst - Online Marketing

£24000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: We are 'Changemakers in retail'...

Austen Lloyd: Senior Residential Conveyancer

Very Competitive: Austen Lloyd: Senior Conveyancer - South West We are see...

Austen Lloyd: Residential / Commercial Property Solicitor

Excellent Salary: Austen Lloyd: DORSET MARKET TOWN - SENIOR PROPERTY SOLICITOR...

Day In a Page

Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there