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No Second Kidnapper

Wolfgang Priklopil, the man who abducted Natascha Kampusch and imprisoned her for eight years, “almost certainly” acted alone, as Jörg Ziercke, president of the German criminal police BKA stated when presenting a special investigator’s report. A woman claimed to have seen a second person pull Kampusch into Priklopil’s van, but was found to be “objectively […]

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 […]

Kampusch Film: 3096 Days

Kampusch Film: 3096 Days

The highly anticipated film 3096 Days, about the abduction and imprisonment of Natascha Kampusch, premieres in cinemas on 28 February. The film’s portrayal of the relationship between the young girl and her abductor has sparked significant controversy, with each new release of trailers and photos garnering criticism over their veracity and potential sensationalism. Kampusch is […]

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 […]

Publishing Natascha

Publishing Natascha

When a book on Austrian teenager Natscha Kampusch’s kidnapping was published just three short months after the young woman was found, tumult broke out. Michael Leidig, a British journalist living and working in Vienna, researched the Natascha case and fed writer Allan Hall with interviews and translated articles from the Austrian press. Kampusch herself had […]

This Girl’s Life

Where does the boundary lie between freedom of speech and the invasion of privacy? This is the question that Natascha Kampusch’s lawyers and the publishers of Girl in the Cellar by Allan Hall and Michael Leidig are tackling. The book – widely attacked by the Austrian media and threatened with court action by Kampusch’s lawyers […]

Paparazzi’s Prying Eyes

After weeks of obsessive coverage of Natascha Kampusch’s every move, the world has calmed down, or so it seemed. On September 27, however, a Spanish television team was seen harassing Kampusch and her father while they were taking a walk through Vienna’s First District. Push came to shove and both the father and one of […]

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