The family of the Austrian pervert father, Joseph Fritzl, have released their first public message, thanking people at large for their support.
The 73-year-old Fritzl is now detention and is charged with imprisoning his own daughter for 24 long years in the cellar of his home and fathering seven children though her.
AdvertisementOne of the seven died when very young, three were never allowed to leave the cellar even for a minute, while the other three went on to live with Fritzl as his adopted or fostered children.
The victim daughter, Elizabeth, five of her children and her mother Rosemarie, have hand-written a poster acknowledging people's support.
The illustrated poster carrying the messages is on display in a shop window in their hometown of Amstetten.
The main message of the poster reads: "We, the whole family, would like to use this occasion to thank you all for your sympathy with our fate. Your compassion really helps us to cope with this difficult time and shows us that there are also good and honest people.
"We hope that a time will come for us when we can lead a normal life again."
In one message, Elisabeth's 18-year-old son, who was imprisoned in the cellar and had never seen daylight until his release in April, writes how he enjoys experiencing sun, fresh air and nature for the first time.
Austria's Kurier newspaper reports that people in Amstetten have been reading the poster with tears in their eyes.
Fritzl's alleged crimes came to light when Elisabeth's eldest daughter Kerstin, 19, became seriously ill.
She was allowed out of the cellar and admitted to hospital in Amstetten - where she remains in an artificial coma.
Elisabeth and the other five of her children are now in care with the Austrian authorities, who are protecting their privacy at a psychiatric clinic, BBC reports.
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