London, Mar 19 (ANI): Dungeon dad Josef Fritzl pleaded guilty to all the charges filed against him because he feared being eaten by a notorious cannibal, and not because he realised his "sick behaviour" after watching his abused daughter's video testimony.After initially denying charges of murder and slavery, the 73-year-old engineer confessed to all the charges because he had made a deal with prosecutors to slip away to a cushy prison cell.
The real reason behind Fritzl's unexpected change of heart was that he feared being turned into a "Fritzl Schnitzel" by the infamous cannibal Robert Ackermann.
Lawyers had warned him that he would be sent to Austria's Goellersdorf asylum, where Hannibal Lecter-style killer Ackermann has openly bragged about slicing him up.
Fritzl had read in newspapers how Ackermann, who detests paedophiles and rapists, vowed to cook him alive.
After seeing that the jurors were so repulsed by 42-year-old Elisabeth's graphic evidence of her 24 years ordeal in the underground cellar, he realised that his defence was of no use.
Thus, he altered his plea to dodge being sent to the mental unit and instead live in a cushy prison.
In fact, he has even chosen the jail he prefers because it offers inmates meditation, tennis, football, darts, singing lessons and cookery classes.
"People jailed for anything involving abusing children always get a hard time from the other inmates," the Daily Star quoted a warder at the prison where Fritzl has been held on remand as saying.
The warder added: "They used to bang on his cell and shout: 'Satan - come out and play.' Now they bang on his cell and shout that the cannibal is going to eat him."
Fritzl's lawyer Rudolf Mayer swung the secret deal to give Fritzl his pick of prisons if he pleaded guilty.
Mayer and prosecution officials agreed that Fritzl would serve his time in a single cell.
Lawyers announced his dramatic U-turn on day three of his trial in the Austrian town of St Poelten.
He had previously pleaded guilty to incest and the false imprisonment of Elisabeth, but has now made a full confession to offences, including the murder of one of the children he fathered on Elisabeth. (ANI)