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Where and/or how did Josef Fritzl and Rosemarie Fritzl meet?
Why did Josef Fritzl and Rosemarie Fritzl break up?
Other Relationship Information about Josef Fritzl and Rosemarie Fritzl:
Fritzl, 73, fathered seven children by his daughter Elisabeth, three of whom were brought up in a dungeon beneath the family home without ever seeing daylight during the 24 years he kept her imprisoned. He is accused of murdering one of the children, a baby who died in the cellar shortly after birth, and whose body he burned in a stove. If he is convicted, he is likely to spend the rest of his life behind bars. His wife, Rosemarie, 69, has now changed her name and moved to a different town to escape the shame brought on her family by her husband. Fritzl's monstrous crimes were finally uncovered last April when he took the eldest of the children, 19 year old Kerstin, to hospital after she fell critically ill. Doctors were unable to diagnose her life-threatening illness, and made a TV appeal for her mother who Fritzl had always maintained had run away from home to join a cult to come forward. He relented and took Elisabeth to the hospital, where she told police her horrifying story.
Rosemarie, who has now changed her name to Bayer, has told police she had no inkling of her husband's appalling secret, despite the lengthy periods he would spend in the cellar. She has never been declared a suspect. However, she said that despite her efforts to disassociate herself from her husband, she has been vilified by people around her. Investigators discovered that Fritzl had secretly built a four-room dungeon underneath the garden of the family home, where he kept his daughter and their three children imprisoned behind a series of eight locked doors. He allegedly told them he had booby-trapped the cellar and that they would be gassed to death if they tried to escape. The three other children he had fathered by his daughter were taken upstairs to live in the family home, spared the ordeal of their siblings simply because they had made too much noise, it later emerged. Fritzl, a landlord and entrepreneur, had explained the sudden appearance of the three babies to his wife Rosemarie by claiming he had found them dumped on the doorstep, together with notes from Elisabeth asking her parents to take care of them.
Elisabeth and her children have now been given new identities and have been given a home in a secret location where they are slowly building lives for themselves in a world they thought they would never see. According to Rosemarie's sister, Christine, 65, the pensioner has been advised not to divorce her husband so that she does not risk losing out financially.
Classic Quotes by Josef Fritzl and Rosemarie Fritzl about their relationship:
"I don't know where I'm heading now. My life has already been ruined enough. "I don't have any money. My pride is all I have left, that and my family. All I want is to keep my family." Rosemarie Fritzl 3/2009
"People have said so many terrible things about me but I can't speak. I'm too ill to speak. There is nothing I can say that will make it any better. People will believe what they want to believe. I just want to be left alone." Rosemarie Fritzl 3/2009