Josef Fritzl's wife makes first trip to 'hell' dungeon

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London, June 16 : The wife of Austrian incest fiend Josef Fritzl has made her first visit to the cellar where her daughter was held captive for 24 years.

Rosemarie Fritzl, 69, was conned by her electrical engineer husband into believing that their daughter had run away to join a cult.

Inside the "hell" dungeon, Rosemarie picked up toys requested by six-year-old Felix - one of the seven children Elisabeth bore evil dad Fritzl - before making a hasty retreat upstairs.

The other kids are Kerstin, 19 - the eldest who has recently come out of a coma - Stefan, 18, Lisa, 16, Monika, 14, and Alexander, 12.

Rosemarie spent around an hour in the house and then drove back to the clinic in Mauer five miles away where she has been staying at a psychiatric clinic with Elisabeth and the six surviving children fathered by her husband.

"It was mentally quite tough for Rosemarie to go back into the house. It has become something of a symbol of evil for her," The Sun quoted a hospital insider, as saying.

"She is, mentally speaking, shattered by the revelations of what happened to her daughter and the charade that her husband acted out for over two decades.

"But she loves her family and is a selfless person and felt that they needed more personal items.

"She bought dresses for Elisabeth's daughter Kerstin, who joined the family last week after coming out of her coma," the insider added.

Meanwhile, it has emerged that Elisabeth, 42, is to tell of her ordeal in a video-link from the office of her lawyer next month.

It will be beamed live to Fritzl and his solicitor in St Poelten jail as well as to police and prosecutors. They will then decide what charges Fritzl is to face. Officials chose the video-link to spare Elisabeth the trauma of being in the same room as her father.

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