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The Collector: Dungeons and Drama

The Collector: Dungeons and Drama

To say that John Fowles’ book The Collector is controversial is something of an understatement. First published in 1963, it tells the story of Frederick Clegg, a socially awkward young man who collects butterflies. Infatuated with the beautiful and (to him) unapproachable art student Miranda Grey, he resorts to “collecting” her, imprisoning her in a […]

Open House Theartre: The Collector

Open House Theartre: The Collector

Natascha Kampusch. Josef Fritzl. Austria has certainly acquired an unwelcome reputation when it comes to cellars and imprisonment. But could that same scenario be the basis for a romance? That’s the challenging premise of The Collector, Mark Healey’s stage adaptation of John Fowles’ 1963 novel, which Open House Theatre will be performing in April. Frederick […]

Polish Fritzl Bar

Polish Fritzl Bar

A restaurant owner in Warsaw relinquished efforts to open a cellar bar in honour of convicted rapist Josef Fritzl. City authorities blocked the mid-January opening of the locale “U Fritzla” on Warsaw’s Nowy Swiat street, and announced potential fines for the tenant. Intending black humour, the bar’s logo featured a headshot of the Austrian, who […]

Remnants of Horror

Remnants of Horror

Sankt Pölten is quiet and sleepy again. The trial of the century is over. The international media circus is finally gone, and Josef Fritzl is preparing to spend the rest of his life in jail. Now it is up to Austria to pick up the pieces.For over a week Sankt Pölten enjoyed unprecedented media attention […]

Austria’s Conscience

The candles of the vigil on Monday night in the small town of Amstetten are out. Soon the hordes of international journalists will pack up their cameras and tape recorders and leave Austria again. The family of Josef Fritzl, the father/grandfather who kept his own daughter in the dungeon for 24 years, will have to […]

Merciless Control

Few can imagine the fear and torment Elisabeth and three of her children suffered before their release in late April – fear of their own father.  Joseph Fritzl, 73, was able to keep his daughter imprisoned in a basement dungeon for 24 years, during which she bore him seven children.  The discovery of their hidden […]

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