Fritzl Family Will Get New Identities

Hounding reporters 'make them feel imprisoned again,' says attorney
By Laurel Jorgensen,  Newser Staff
Posted May 30, 2008 5:32 AM CDT
Josef Fritzl allegedly held his daughter captive in the basement of this Austria home for 24 years and fathered seven children with her.    (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)
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(Newser) – Austrian authorities are preparing new identities for dungeon dad Josef Fritzl’s entire family, including the daughter he imprisoned in a celler, the six children Fritzl fathered with her, her six adult siblings and her mother. The family members have been hounded by lucrative offers for media interviews, the Times reports.

Family members feel like they’ve been “locked up for the second time” at the clinic where they’re being treated because flocks of paparazzi prevent them from stepping foot outside, said their attorney. Protecting the family’s privacy is “a prerequisite for their successful recovery," he added. "Being exposed in the public is the last thing they need at this stage.”