Josef Fritzl has reportedly criticised coverage of his case as “one-sided”.
He’s clearly not been reading What Incest and Rape Weekly (incorporating Austrian Rapist).
What I find odd about this case is that, with Fritzl behind bars and his dungeon family released, there is a sense of closure – of a boil that’s been popped. A bit of “How did we let this happen?” (as if there’s a singular “this”) mixed with plenty of “Thank heavens, they’re out”. But OBVIOUSLY we’ve just been granted a glimpse of the insane limbo worlds of domestic rubber-room torture hell that exist everywhere. “What was that noise…? Probably nothing. Next door’s cat?”
We were discussing, today, the possibility of a torture dungeon amnesty. Perhaps international, but certainly in Austria and Belgium. We just want the people out of the ground – you can walk away, no charge. As long as you can prove that the incarceration started *after* the amnesty was announced. (The danger with a torture dungeon amnesty is that it could trigger short term torture dungeon sprees – a danger which has been well documented). I have to shut up now. I have packing to do. This isn’t helping.
Well, a bit it is.