Cops Plan to Quiz Fritzl's Wife Again

Police don't suspect her, but wonder if she's suppressing info
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 11, 2008 12:50 PM CDT
Franz Polzer, head of the Lower Austrian Bureau of Criminal Affairs, walks from the house in Amstetten, Austria, on Tuesday, May 6, 2008, where 73-year-old Josef Fritzl imprisoned his daughter.   (AP Photo/Hans Punz)
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(Newser) – Austrian police want another round of questioning with Josef Fritzl's 68-year-old wife, the Times of London reports. But the chief investigator in the case doesn't count Rosemarie Fritzl a suspect, and asked, “What woman would stay silent if she knew that her husband had seven children with his daughter and was holding her prisoner in the cellar?”

The investigator will ask Rosemarie what she thought her husband was doing on his frequent trips to the basement, and probe whether she might have subconsciously suppressed any knowledge of the abuse. The "perfect grandmother" raised three of the children Fritzl fathered with his daughter Elisabeth, thinking that their mother had abandoned them on their doorstep.