Kidnapped Girl: I Was Beaten 200 Times a Week

10-year-old forced to call her attacker 'my lord'

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 6, 2010 3:40 AM CDT

(Newser) – An Austrian girl kidnapped when she was 10 and kept in a basement dungeon in a Viennese suburb for 8 years is finally revealing her horrific ordeal of imprisonment and vicious beatings by the man she was forced to call "my lord." Natascha Kampusch's body was a mass of bruises from repeated beatings that broke bones and caused her excruciating pain as she was handcuffed in bed next to her attacker. Despite the stunning cruelty of her kidnapper, she was "still a child" and sought some human contact and warmth, and finally convinced attacker Wolfgang Priklopil to hug her, she reveals in her new autobiography, 3,096 Days.

Kampusch, now 22, said shortly after she was kidnapped, Priklopil told her: "You're no longer Natascha. Now you belong to me." When she cried from her beatings, "he hated it," she writes in an excerpt in the Daily Mail. "Then he'd grab me by the throat, drag me to the sink, push my head underwater and squeeze my windpipe until I almost lost consciousness." She said she tried several times to commit suicide, and finally managed to escape at the age of 18. Priklopil killed himself before his arrest.

Natascha Kampusch, who was held captive in a windowless cell for over 8 years, appears during a news conference in Vienna in 2007.   (AP Photo/Hans Punz, File)
Former kidnapping victim Natascha Kampusch arrives at court in Graz, Austria, in 2008.   (AP Photo/Markus Leodolter)
Austrian Natascha Kampusch has described her ordeal at the hands of a kidnapper in her new book, "3,096 Days," the length of time she was kept prisoner in a basement dungeon.   (AP Photo/Fabian Bimmer)
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