'Italian Fritzl' and Son Arrested

Father accused of raping daughter, encouraging son to do the same

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 28, 2009 7:05 AM CDT

(Newser) – Italian police have arrested a father and son in an incest case they are comparing to the horrors of the Fritzl household, the Daily Telegraph reports. The patriarch of the Turin family is accused of controlling and raping his daughter for 25 years and encouraging his son to rape both his sister and his own four daughters.

Prosecutors say the men, both scrap metal dealers, completely dominated the women in the family through a psychological "reign of terror." The elder man's daughter, 34, who police say was often kept locked in a darkened room, is being given psychiatric treatment at a shelter along with her four nieces. The two men deny all charges and are being defended by other family members.

Police in Turin, Italy have arrested a father and son accusing of raping their daughters over a period of many years.   (AP photo/Leonetto Medici)
"This is a terrible story of sexual violence, perversion, humiliation, abuse and tyranny in a Turin family," reported La Repubblica.   (©phileole)
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It seems that in this family there was a sort of droit de seigneur of the father over the daughter. - Turin prosecutor Pietro Forno

This is not an easy story to tell. It took us a while to find out what was really going on behind those domestic walls. - Turin prosecutor Pietro Forno

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