Josef Fritzl was a regular at a brothel near his Austrian town and the prostitutes there feared him and shunned him whenever they could, the Scotsman reports. His domineering, "perverse" demands terrified the women, said a bartender. Among customers "95% are normal and 3% are a bit weird. Fritzl belongs to the remaining 2% that are definitely mentally ill," the man added.
Fritzl, who has admitted imprisoning his daughter in a cellar for 24 years and fathering her seven children, remains in an Austrian prison. He is staying in his cell and "in a very bad way," terrified of attacks from fellow prisoners disgusted by his crimes, said his lawyer. "His biggest fear is how his children are faring without him," the attorney added.