Fritzl Bricked Up Own Mother for 21 Years

Monster confesses to new outrage
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 30, 2008 4:24 AM CDT
The prison where Josef Fritzl is locked up, in St. Poelten, Austria.   (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
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(Newser) – The Austrian who fathered seven children with the sex-slave daughter he kept locked in a dungeon has confessed to imprisoning his own mother in a bricked-up room for 21 years. Josef Fritzl, 73, locked his mother in a room and bricked over the only window "so that she never again saw the light of day," he told a psychologist, according to a report leaked to the media. He wanted to punish her for never showing him any love, reports the Daily Telegraph.

He kept her prisoner until her death in the house he took over from her—the same house where he would later entomb his daughter. "My mother was a servant and she used to work hard all her life. I never had a kiss from her, I was never cuddled, although I wanted that she would be good to me," said Fritzl of his brutal childhood. "She used to beat me. It left me feeling totally humiliated and weak."