Monday, May 19, 2008

Dungeon daughter to give TV inteview

THE Austrian woman held captive and sexually abused by her father for 24 years will give her first televised interview on the ordeal next week.

Elisabeth  Fritzl will be inteviewed on Austrian TV on Monday night and is believed to have chosen the same interviewer who spoke to Natascha Kampusch about the eight and a half years she was imprisoned in a cellar, Britain's Daily Mail has reported.

Miss Fritzl could make millions of  dollars in syndicated rights for the interview with Austrian ORF TV. It  is believed more than 300 TV stations will broadcast it.

She is expected to talk about the first time she was raped by her father Josef, 73, and how she coped with multiple births alone in the dungeon.

The interview has been organised in part to reduce the pressure on the family from photographers camped at the door to Amstetten-Mauer hospital where Miss Fritzl is in a secure ward with her mother Rosemarie, 69, and five of her six children.

Miss Fritzl's eldest daughter Kerstin, 19, is still in a coma.

Josef Fritzl is to undergo DNA testing to see if he is the killer of three women whose murders have remained unsolved in Austria.

Media reports in Austria say that Miss Fritzl has been in marathon negotiations between the Austrian ORF TV station and her lawyer. 
Media in Austria said none of the children - either the three she gave birth to who lived upstairs from her underground tomb nor the two of three healthy ones forced to endure her captivity below - will be in the studio with her.

Christoph Feurstein, the journalist who interviewed Miss Kampusch for her first - and subsequent - TV appearances, will conduct the interview with Miss Fritzl.
She is expected to talk about how she felt after one of her stillborn child was allegedly burned in a a stove by her father after it died; how she thought she would never see sunlight again; and her hopes for a more normal future with the children who adore her.

It is unclear whether she will have to wear tinted glasses for the interview as her eyes are reported to be  weak from years of never seeing sunshine and high-powered studio lights could be damaging to her, doctors say.


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