Rosemarie Fritzl to Divorce Her Husband at Last

by Gopalan on  August 1, 2008 at 11:40 AM Lifestyle News
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 Rosemarie Fritzl to Divorce Her Husband at Last
At last Rosemarie, the hapless Austrian wife, has chosen to act. She will divorce her husband of 52 years, Joseph Fritzl, it has been announced.

The move comes after she was thrown out of the flat she was sharing with her daughter and her six grandchildren. The whole family has been put up there by the Austrian government, apparently to shield them from media attention.

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The 42-year-old Elisabeth kicked her mother out as was furious that three of the children born to her during her captivity in the cellar kept treating Rosemarie their grandmother as their mother, local newspapers said.

Joseph Fritzl had moved three of his offspring through his daughter upstairs where they were brought up by him and Rosemarie. That the three should still keep calling their grandmother 'ma' proved galling for Elisabeth.

So peremptorily Elisabeth ordered her mother out. With no money, cut off from her family and with her 74-year-old husband in jail awaiting charges that might see him imprisoned for life, Rosemarie is said to be shattered. 'She has no idea where to go or what to do,' said a family friend.

The mother was moved into the psychiatric hospital with Elisabeth and the incest children after Fritzl's secret cellar was discovered in April this year.

Possibly the daughter is also skeptical whether her mother was not aware of what was going on downstairs, as she has been protesting all these days.

In a belated move, to please her daughter perhaps, the mother has chosen to divorce her domineering husband. Some reports said that she was doing so at the instance of Elisabeth herself.

The 69-year-old Rosemarie Fritzl was last seen picking up her private belongings from the home she lived in for over half a century with her husband. She has taken several pieces of furniture and has since been spending the nights at different places and living with relatives and friends, it is reported.

Christoph Herbst, the lawyer for the Fritzl family, said: "No-one from that family will ever want to live in that house again."

Not having worked since her early youth, Mrs Fritzl is only entitled to meagre benefits payments amounting to just over 200 pounds.

Source: Medindia

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I may be too sentimental in this horror saga but I do feel that Rosemarie Fritzl needs much better care. The three "upstairs children" should have been much more sensitive to their fraught situation.


One can understand the bonding of the children to the grandmother and it would be frustrating for Elisabeth who has waited eagerly for re-unification all these years.
I do believe however, that to remove the grandmother is to risk the loss of those children who had developed a bond with her. I am a little puzzled that the clinic did not seem to have been aware of this conceivable problem. As to grandmother's knowledge of the Father's exploits we on the outside simply cannot know. I hope they get their differences resolved.


I am also of Austrian decent and was sexually molested by my Father, no way near the scale of Elisabeth Fritzl. I am sure my Mother knew, but did not know what to do about it, so turned a blind eye, till I was old enough to put a Stop to it. There was the shame if People would find out, there was the total financial dependency of my Mother. It is high time that the People of Austria stop looking down on People when bad things happen and support the Family, so they do not have to be afraid of telling Authoreties. I knew many School Friends where the same thing happened, but also had to be quiet for the sake of the rest of the family. As long as these sort of offences are kept quiet it will go on.


To Judy in Canada- Re: your comment "You would think Elizabeth would understand this".... You have got to be kidding. The girl spent 2 decades in a hole under ground, raped,beaten, bore her FATHER'S children and watched them slowly die a little each day... and she SHOULD UNDERSTAND????... She doesn't have to do a DAMN thing but get through the remainder of her very devestated life always wondering IF her mother knew or not. We don't know what went on for 20 years, and we certainly do not know what is going on now. What ever it was It was some of the worst shit in the world because even the media will not show pictures of her and her children. A first in history. Normally everyone is fair game.
IF she found even one smiggen of strenth and felt that her mother does not have her and ALL of her childrens best interest... Then she and only she should be the one to decide how she wants to live the rest of her own days on earth, With or without her mother.

Let us not be so quick to judge.


I feel sorry for the 3 children that lived upstairs. They must be torn between the Mother and Grandmother. They were brought up by the Grandmother and of course they are going to be more close to her. You would think Elizabeth would understand this. By tossing her Mother out is going to cause more problems for these children.

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