Secrets in the Cellar (Google eBook)

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Macmillan, Mar 3, 2009 - True Crime - 256 pages
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Josef Fritzl was a 73-year-old retired engineer in Austria. He seemed to be living a normal life with his wife, Rosemarie, and their family—though one daughter, Elisabeth, had decades earlier been “lost” to a religious cult. Throughout the years, three of Elisabeth’s children mysteriously appeared on the Fritzls’ doorstep; Josef and Rosemarie raised them as their own. But only Josef knew the truth about Elisabeth’s disappearance…

For twenty-seven years, Josef had imprisoned and molested Elisabeth in his man-made basement dungeon, complete with sound-proof paneling and code-protected electric locks. There, she would eventually give birth to a total of seven of Josef’s children. One died in infancy—and the other three were raised alongside Elisabeth, never to see the light of day.

Then, in 2008, one of Elisabeth’s children became seriously ill, and was taken to the hospital. It was the first time the nineteen-year-old girl had ever gone outside—and soon, the truth about her background, her family’s captivity, and Josef’s unspeakable crimes would come to light.

John Glatt's Secrets in the Cellar is the true story of a crime that shocked the world.

  

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User Review  - Jim Thomas - Goodreads

The most terrible crime ever. No serial killer but about the man who kept his daughter in a dungeon for 24 years. His daughter had 5 children by him and he would bring her books on childbirth and tell ... Read full review

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User Review  - Raven - Goodreads

What an alarming book to think that this type of thing still goes on. Could still be going on. I liked the read but found it a little choppy and repetitive at times. The ended left me wanting to know more, like it ended with a piece missing. I only hope that family finds peace. Read full review

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Contents

PROLOGUE
1
CHAPTER 1 A Nazi Childhood
9
CHAPTER 2 Starting a Family
16
CHAPTER 3 If You Scream I Will Kill You
21
CHAPTER 4 Elisabeth
31
CHAPTER 5 The Pig Will Beat Us to Death One Day
40
CHAPTER 6 Escape
48
CHAPTER 7 Brief Encounter
56
CHAPTER 16 Into the Light
126
CHAPTER 17 Freedom
132
CHAPTER 18 A Reunion
142
CHAPTER 19 Its Beyond Comprehension
154
CHAPTER 20 Hey Satan Come Out and 160 Play
160
CHAPTER 21 The Devil Himself
170
CHAPTER 22 Under Siege
177
CHAPTER 23 I Could Have Killed Them All
185

CHAPTER 8 Taken
61
CHAPTER 9 His Second Wife
69
CHAPTER 10 Children of the Cellar
77
CHAPTER 11 The Foundlings
83
CHAPTER 12 Pillar of the Community
93
CHAPTER 13 A Double Life
103
CHAPTER 14 His Underground Kingdom
111
CHAPTER 15 Losing Control
117
CHAPTER 24 We the Whole Family
196
CHAPTER 25 Frankenstein
204
CHAPTER 26 Miracle
216
CHAPTER 27 A New Start
223
CHAPTER 28 Elisabeth Speaks
231
EPILOGUE
243
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About the author (2009)

English-born John Glatt is the author of Lost and Found, Playing with Fire, and many other bestselling books of true crime. He has more than 30 years of experience as an investigative journalist in England and America. Glatt left school at 16 and worked a variety of jobs—including tea boy and messenger—before joining a small weekly newspaper. He freelanced at several English newspapers, then in 1981 moved to New York, where he joined the staff for News Limited and freelanced for publications including Newsweek and the New York Post. His first book, a biography of Billy Graham, was published in 1981, and he published For I Have Sinned, his first book of true crime, in 1998. He has appeared on television and radio programs all over the world, including Dateline NBC, Fox News, A Current Affair, BBC World News, and A&E Biography. He and his wife Gail divide their time between New York City, the Catskill Mountains and London.

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