- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 19, 2009

A chronology of key events in the case against Josef Fritzl, the Austrian who was sentenced to life in prison Thursday for locking his daughter in a basement cell for 24 years, fathering her seven children and letting one of them die.



_ April 19: Fritzl brings a 19-year-old woman to a hospital in Amstetten. He tells staff the woman, Kerstin, is his granddaughter who was left at his door by his daughter, who disappeared decades ago to join a sect.

_ April 22: Police ask for DNA samples from Kerstin and order DNA testing of Fritzl, his wife and their children.

_ April 25: Hospital officials appeal on TV for Kerstin’s mother to come to the clinic and give a medical history.

_ April 26: Fritzl and Elisabeth appear at clinic, along with two other children _ Kerstin’s siblings, who, like Kerstin, were born and raised in a windowless cell. An anonymous tipster calls police questioning statements given by Fritzl and Elisabeth. Police question both, assure Elisabeth of protection and arrest Fritzl.

_ April 28: Police say Fritzl confesses that he imprisoned daughter in 1984, repeatedly raped her, fathered her seven children and tossed body of an infant who died into an incinerator.

_ April 29: DNA tests confirm Fritzl is biological father of Elisabeth’s six surviving children.

_ Nov. 13: Fritzl is charged with homicide (“murder by neglect” in German) for infant’s death.


_ March 16: Fritzl goes on trial. Pleads guilty to incest and forced imprisonment, not guilty to homicide and enslavement, and partially guilty to rape and coercion. Court begins viewing 11 hours of videotaped testimony from Elisabeth.

_ March 18: Fritzl changes mind, pleads guilty to all charges after watching videotape and seeing Elisabeth in the courtroom.

_ March 19: Jury convicts Fritzl on all charges and sentences him to life in a psychiatric ward.

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