Austrian incest victim released from psychiatric hospital
Elisabeth Fritzl, who was held captive by her father for 24 years in a basement cell, has left the psychiatric clinic where she was treated following her ordeal.
She and six of her seven children fathered by Josef Fritzl during her captivity have moved into their own home at an undisclosed location, lawyer Christoph Herbst told the Austria Press Agency Monday.
They had been receiving counselling at an undisclosed location since April.
Elisabeth, 42, gave birth to seven children in the windowless cellar of her family's home in Amstetten, west of Vienna. One child apparently died and was later thrown into an incinerator by Josef Fritzl.
Elisabeth was 18 when her father placed her in the secret cell and told his wife that the girl had run away from home to join a religious cult.
Fritzl, 73, a retired electrician, has been charged with rape, incest, false imprisonment, slavery and murder relating to the death of the seventh child.
A psychiatrist has deemed Josef Fritzl fit to stand trial in March. He could be sentenced to life in prison if found guilty of the murder charge.
The case came to light in April when Elisabeth's eldest child, Kerstin, 19, became ill and was taken to hospital by Josef Fritzl.
Having persuaded her father to let her meet doctors in her first trip outside the basement in 24 years, Elisabeth was finally able to reveal her ordeal to police and medical personnel.
Kerstin and two siblings, ages 18 and 5, had never been outside the tiny cellar where they were born. Their other three surviving siblings were raised in the home above them, after Fritzl told his wife Elisabeth had sent the children home to be raised by her parents.
News emerged on the weekend that Elisabeth kept a diary during her imprisonment that prosecutors will use in their case against her father, the U.K.'s Guardian newspaper reported Monday.
The diary supposedly contains a chronology of the timing of key incidents in her life, including the births of the children and the death of one.
"I can confirm we found notes by Elisabeth Fritzl," the state prosecutor, Gerhard Sedlacek, said, according to the Guardian.
Prosecutors have said they will also present evidence that Josef Fritzl threatened to kill his daughter and their imprisoned children by gassing them or through an explosion if they tried to escape.
With files from the Associated Press