Domineering, 'Perverse' Fritzl Feared at Local Brothel
'Mentally ill' dungeon dad terrified prostitutes
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 7, 2008 4:15 AM CDT
Guenther Moerwald, director of the St. Poelten prison, speaks to the media in front of the prison where Josef Fritzl is locked up, in St. Poelten, Austria, on Monday, May 5, 2008.    (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
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(Newser) – 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.