I'm sure that I don't need to tell anyone about Josef Fritzl, the Austrian monster who locked his own daughter into an underground dungeon at age 18, and then proceeded to rape her repeatedly over the course of some 24 years, siring some 7 children in the process. It is only normal to wonder the mindset of any person capable of inflicting such cruelty on another human being, let alone his own flesh and blood, and the latest story about Herr Fritzl* makes it abundantly clear, at least in this case: a create incapable of the slightest sympathy or concern about anything or anyone other than itself.
Every two weeks Fritzl, 74, pens a pleading note to daughter Elisabeth, 43, who suffered over 3,000 rapes at his hands and bore him seven incest children.
He says he needs money 'to study to be a lawyer so I can defend myself' – but Elisabeth never replies.
In some of the notes he asks for £3,500 to 'get me started' on his legal career.
He even moans about not being able to get special shampoo he claims he needs for his implanted hair.
Aw, poor thing! No sane person could ever be delusional enough to put such thoughts to paper after committing such vicious crimes, yet Fritzl has not only done so, but actually seems convinced that his daughter will feel sorry for him: it is clear as day that Josef Fritzl is utterly certain that his desires and frustrations ought to occupy pride of place in everyone else's attentions. It is very likely that the only thing which kept Josef Fritzl from simply killing his daughter after raping her was his desire to keep her alive in order to continue to have an outlet for his lust.
*Yes, I know I'm linking to the Daily Heil, but even a rag as disreputable as that one is capable of getting the odd story right once in a blue moon ...