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Kidnapped at 10 and held for eight years. The girl in the cellar
The Guardian (UK) ^ | August 25, 2006 | Luke Harding Berlin

Posted on 08/24/2006 5:41:00 PM PDT by Deo volente

Eight years ago, on March 2 1998, 10-year-old Natascha Kampusch kissed goodbye to her mother Brigitte and set off from her home in Vienna to school. She never made it. Her disappearance sparked one of the biggest ever hunts in Austria. But despite teams of detectives following thousands of leads there was no trace of Natascha - a shy, attractive schoolgirl with light brown hair, who left home without her Gameboy and beloved cuddly mouse.

Until, that was, Wednesday lunchtime, when an elderly neighbour phoned police to say she had found a pale young woman in distress. The woman had a scarcely believable story - that she had just escaped from a man who had held her prisoner in his garage for more than eight years.

(Excerpt) Read more at guardian.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: austria; crime; esape; kidnap
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1 posted on 08/24/2006 5:41:02 PM PDT by Deo volente
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To: Deo volente

Thank God that she was found at last. May she find peace and comfort with her family -

and may her abusers find justice.


2 posted on 08/24/2006 5:44:25 PM PDT by dandelion
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To: Deo volente

I saw this story this morning.

Her mother NEVER gave up hope that she was alive.

Thank goodness she lived, but her life is so horribly damaged.


3 posted on 08/24/2006 5:45:31 PM PDT by vladimir998 (Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ. St. Jerome)
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To: Deo volente

WOW....Bless her heart.


4 posted on 08/24/2006 5:45:34 PM PDT by Guenevere
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To: Deo volente

Do we know this to be for sure? My heart cries for this child, But my mind says to wait....


5 posted on 08/24/2006 5:45:36 PM PDT by Nothometoday
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To: dandelion

Only in the next life.

What a screwed up story this is.


6 posted on 08/24/2006 5:46:20 PM PDT by Thalos
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To: Deo volente
Mr Priklopil, a communications technician, had been questioned by police soon after the 10-year-old disappeared,
7 posted on 08/24/2006 5:47:23 PM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran ("Remember the Alamo, Goliad and WACO, It is Time for a new San Jacinto")
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To: dandelion
...and may her abusers find justice.

According to the article, he killed himself by jumping in front of a train.
8 posted on 08/24/2006 5:50:09 PM PDT by Deo volente
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To: HuntsvilleTxVeteran

"Her disappearance sparked one of the biggest ever hunts in Austria. But despite teams of detectives following thousands of leads....

In other words, they interviewed thousands of guys, spent millions, and got nowhere.

If the real criminal can stand up to casual questioning, these methods will never work.


9 posted on 08/24/2006 5:52:34 PM PDT by proxy_user
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To: Deo volente
Detectives tracked 1,000 white van owners and interviewed Priklopil in April 1998, a month after Natascha disappeared. He told them he used the van for work. They believed him - and left without searching house or garage.

.........

10 posted on 08/24/2006 5:52:51 PM PDT by TheDon (The Democratic Party is the party of TREASON!)
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To: Deo volente
Hello,

Well, then his justice has been delivered.

Glad to be here, MOgirl
11 posted on 08/24/2006 5:53:07 PM PDT by MOgirl (Democrats: The Culture of Treason (and you know what I'm talkin about!))
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To: Deo volente

Prayers sent, of thanks that she still lives, and for her future.


12 posted on 08/24/2006 5:54:23 PM PDT by sarasmom (To all political staff lurkers: SECURE THE BORDERS, OR YOU'RE FIRED!)
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To: MOgirl

Not yet.
But very, very soon....


13 posted on 08/24/2006 5:56:07 PM PDT by sarasmom (To all political staff lurkers: SECURE THE BORDERS, OR YOU'RE FIRED!)
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To: Deo volente

I think McCain wants to be Hillary's running mate.


14 posted on 08/24/2006 5:57:21 PM PDT by Teflonic
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To: Teflonic

oops wrong thread how did that happen? :P


15 posted on 08/24/2006 5:58:17 PM PDT by Teflonic
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To: Teflonic

Thanks for explaining one of the strangest posts I've ever read here.


16 posted on 08/24/2006 6:00:29 PM PDT by MaryFromMichigan
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To: Deo volente

Gads, what a freak kidnapping her. Poor girl.


17 posted on 08/24/2006 6:00:32 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys-Reagan and Bush)
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To: Nothometoday
Do we know this to be for sure? My heart cries for this child, But my mind says to wait....

Did you go to the link and read the article?

18 posted on 08/24/2006 6:01:02 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (If you think you know what's coming next....You don't know Jack.)
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To: Deo volente
Sort of like this guy...


19 posted on 08/24/2006 6:03:10 PM PDT by Screamname (Ego te absolvo a peccatis tuis in nomine Patris et Filii et Spiritus Sancti. Amen.)
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To: Deo volente
Thank you for posting this.

I saw this story only twice on TV today.

I hope they cover it better tomorrow.

sw

20 posted on 08/24/2006 6:03:46 PM PDT by spectre (Spectre's wife)
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To: spectre
Natascha, eight years ago:


21 posted on 08/24/2006 6:09:02 PM PDT by Deo volente
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To: MarMema

Hi there!

I thought you might be interested in this story, one with a happy ending.


22 posted on 08/24/2006 6:17:29 PM PDT by Deo volente
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To: Deo volente; beyond the sea; xsmommy; SoothingDave

There was a case like this in Pittsburgh (of all places) a little while back.

I'll see if I can find the story link.


23 posted on 08/24/2006 6:28:50 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Deo volente; beyond the sea; xsmommy; SoothingDave
Police: Missing (Pittsburgh) Teen Found in Nearby House [Ten Years After Disappearance]
24 posted on 08/24/2006 6:30:51 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: All
More info in this UK Times article.

She was held in a 6ft by 10ft (1.83m by 3.05m) cell beneath the garage of Priklopil’s house in Heinestrasse in the village of Strasshof, near Gänserndorf, 15 miles northeast of Vienna.

The room was equipped with a bed, a cupboard and a few children’s books. The only visible clue to its existence was a 20in hole in the cellar floor.

...

For more than seven years, Natascha never left her cell. But a few months ago Priklopil began to allow her to spend short periods in his garden and even took her on shopping trips. He warned her, however, that any attempt to escape or shout for help would not be a good idea.

At lunchtime on Wednesday Natascha was allowed into the garden on her own and seized her chance. She ran to a neighbouring house and told an elderly woman that she had been held captive nearby for many years. At 1.04pm the woman rang the police. Natascha was taken to the local police station where she told them her name.

How horrible! Can you imagine a child being kept in a 6x10 foot cell under a garage, never seeing the light of day, from the ages of 10 to 17? I hope the monster who did this to her rots in hell. But thank God she's alive and her parents' faith that she would return is rewarded.

25 posted on 08/24/2006 6:33:51 PM PDT by saquin
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To: Deo volente

Enough of this. Can anyone tell me the latest developments in Aruba or the Jon Benet case? /s


26 posted on 08/24/2006 6:36:49 PM PDT by Colorado Doug
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To: Colorado Doug

27 posted on 08/24/2006 6:40:40 PM PDT by Deo volente
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To: Deo volente

her physical and emotional scars will, certainly, take some
time to heal. it sounds like she has a wonderfully supportive
family around her, though. bless them all.


28 posted on 08/24/2006 6:40:47 PM PDT by leda (Life is always what you make it!)
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To: leda
Her poor parents after she vanished, pleading for help.


29 posted on 08/24/2006 6:49:03 PM PDT by Deo volente
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To: Deo volente
How do you say "Keystone Kops" in German?

Leni

30 posted on 08/24/2006 6:57:55 PM PDT by MinuteGal (Israel, Hold Firm !................No Retreat means No Repeat !)
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To: Deo volente

oh you can see such incredible pain in their eyes.


31 posted on 08/24/2006 6:57:58 PM PDT by leda (Life is always what you make it!)
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To: leda

A new story with more details, and a picture of the perp (now dead).

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2006/08/25/wcaptive25.xml


32 posted on 08/24/2006 7:03:09 PM PDT by Deo volente
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To: Nothometoday; dandelion; leda; MarMema

"EIGHT harrowing years had passed, but there was instant recognition between father and the daughter who had been held captive in an underground dungeon since they last saw each other.
Natascha Kampusch stopped and stared at Ludwig Koch for a few moments, as if to dispel any lingering possibility that this was a dream. Then the frail teenager, dressed in the simple orange dress and ballet shoes provided by her abductor, jumped into her father’s arms, clung tightly to his neck and began to sob uncontrollably.

Herr Koch’s tears flowed freely too. “She is 100 per cent my daughter,” wept Herr Koch as he hugged the child he had not seen since she was 10 years old.
“The only way to imagine it was to picture a scene from a movie,” said Herwig Haidinger, a senior police officer who was present at the reunion on Wednesday night. “It was completely overwhelming.”

Yesterday Natascha was also reunited with her mother, Brigitte Sirny, for the first time since the morning in 1998 when she was snatched from a Vienna street as she walked to school.
“She looked at me and I saw straightaway it was my little girl. A mother doesn’t forget the face of her child. I knew. I opened my arms and called her my little mouse and she said ‘mama’. She knew it was me,” Frau Sirny said last night in an interview on Austrian television. “In all this time I have never given up hope that she would come knocking on the door. I left her bedroom exactly as it was when she vanished, I never changed a thing. It’s all still there waiting for her.

“I didn’t ask her any questions about her ordeal, I just listened. I know she will tell me everything when she is ready. She was taken when she was 10 years old and yet she survived, she was sensible and waited for her chance. She knew I would come.”

Police have taken the family to a “secure location” to allow them some privacy, but also to give detectives the chance to piece together the story of the most astonishing crime in Austria’s postwar history."

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,13509-2328291,00.html


33 posted on 08/24/2006 7:12:03 PM PDT by Deo volente
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To: Deo volente

given those details of her captivity, that
evil monster is right where he belongs.


34 posted on 08/24/2006 7:15:48 PM PDT by leda (Life is always what you make it!)
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To: Teflonic

I think McCain wants to be Hillary's running mate.

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I think I like cheese.


35 posted on 08/24/2006 7:16:58 PM PDT by freedomlover (This tagline has been pulled - - - - OK?)
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To: leda
The basement cell where she was kept all these years.


36 posted on 08/24/2006 7:18:14 PM PDT by Deo volente
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To: Deo volente

about as messy as our sons bedroom.

we do let him out for fresh air and she was,
certainly, treated much differently too.

glad they are giving the family some privacy!


37 posted on 08/24/2006 7:22:21 PM PDT by leda (Life is always what you make it!)
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To: Deo volente

What a beautiful child. My prayers are for a future that can bring her happiness and comfort. Ten years is a lot of time full of insane events to put behind her. I pray she has strong people helping her adjust to life after tragedy. God bless her.


38 posted on 08/24/2006 7:30:25 PM PDT by Frwy (Eternity without Jesus is a hell-of-a long time.)
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To: Deo volente

A society that considers itself civilized will not allow this man to remain alive.


39 posted on 08/24/2006 7:36:47 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (God has blessed Republicans with political enemies who are going senile.)
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To: Nothometoday
Ok, now that you've opened that box, why don't you expand on the idea. What? A ten year old ran off with a neighbor to be his love slave for the last eight years? You think she ran away and now is coming back and making these preposterous claims that she was abducted and abused for eight years? In this case I would err on the poor girls side, until all the evidence comes out. Then I would err on the girls side and find a way to eliminate the perpetrator of the crime.
40 posted on 08/24/2006 7:41:40 PM PDT by phoenix0468 (http://www.mylocalforum.com -- Go Speak Your Mind.)
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To: Deo volente

This is just so sickening. To think a beautiful child was sentenced, by a pervert, to eight years underground in a space befitting a convicted murderer. She missed so much, in such crucial developmental years, my heart aches for her.

It pains me to think what this demon put her through in that time. Words fail me.

I pray, through God's mercy, that her life, and her mother and father's lives can be made whole again.


41 posted on 08/24/2006 7:41:54 PM PDT by mplsconservative
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To: Balding_Eagle

According to the full story, he's already jumped in front of a train (the train won).


42 posted on 08/24/2006 7:42:06 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: phoenix0468

The perpetrator has already eliminated himself.


43 posted on 08/24/2006 7:43:20 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: DuncanWaring

Well, at least justice was served.


44 posted on 08/24/2006 7:46:33 PM PDT by phoenix0468 (http://www.mylocalforum.com -- Go Speak Your Mind.)
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To: Thalos

Just think of what might have become of Elizabeth Smart if she hadn't been found. 9 months or eight years either way it's a tragedy.


45 posted on 08/24/2006 7:49:26 PM PDT by phoenix0468 (http://www.mylocalforum.com -- Go Speak Your Mind.)
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To: DuncanWaring

Good to hear, becasue most nations, including the USA, fali the civilized test.


46 posted on 08/24/2006 7:49:26 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (God has blessed Republicans with political enemies who are going senile.)
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may this monster rot in hell


47 posted on 08/24/2006 7:49:56 PM PDT by darkside321
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To: phoenix0468

I think the poster only was wondering if the young woman really was the missing girl.

At least that's how I read her post.


48 posted on 08/24/2006 7:50:54 PM PDT by Deo volente
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To: Deo volente

Why would she lie?


49 posted on 08/24/2006 8:19:29 PM PDT by phoenix0468 (http://www.mylocalforum.com -- Go Speak Your Mind.)
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To: phoenix0468

agreed. this would make no sense . btw i don´t think this guy jumped across a train hours later for nothing.


50 posted on 08/24/2006 8:23:30 PM PDT by darkside321
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