Josef Fritzl ‘is spotted having coffee in local cafe as he prepares to be released from


Incest monster Josef Fritzl has allegedly been spotted outside the jail where he is serving a life sentence enjoying coffee in several local cafes.

Fritzl was locked up in 2009 after he admitted fathering seven children with his daughter Elisabeth, whom he kept captive in an underground dungeon for 24 years in one of the most heinous crimes ever to have been reported in his native Austria. 

Now local media reports that he has been spotted at coffee shops near his prison in Krems an der Donau, apparently in preparation for his release on parole.

Respected regional weekly newspaper Bezirksblatt has claimed that Fritzl ‘has been seen in different cafes of Krems’.

A Bezirksblatt editor who has been covering the Fritzl case for many years confirmed multiple sightings of the depraved convict sampling coffee.

‘It is true. I’ve been told by several people I fully trust that they have seen him,’ she said, speaking on condition of anonymity. 

‘It’s not as if just one resident has been convinced they saw Fritzl. I’ve got this information from several trusted acquaintances independently from each other.’

Josef Fritzl is seen during day four of his trial at the country court of St. Poelten in 2009

Josef Fritzl is seen during day four of his trial at the country court of St. Poelten in 2009 

Fritzl has allegedly been spotted around Krems an der Donau, apparently in preparation for his release on parole

Fritzl has allegedly been spotted around Krems an der Donau, apparently in preparation for his release on parole

Fritzl during a four-week-holiday without his family in Pataya, Thailand in 1998

Fritzl during a four-week-holiday without his family in Pataya, Thailand in 1998

Fritzl is seen during day four of his trial at the country court of St. Poelten on March 19, 2009 in St. Poelten, Austria

Fritzl is seen during day four of his trial at the country court of St. Poelten on March 19, 2009 in St. Poelten, Austria

Fritzl, 88, is detained at Sankt Poelten Prison and is suffering from Alzheimer's disease

Fritzl, 88, is detained at Sankt Poelten Prison and is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease 

The sightings come as a bid to free Fritzl, now 88, from the secure psychiatric wing of Stein Prison comes to a head.

After 15 years behind bars, the perverted pensioner will become eligible for parole in March of this year under Austria’s lenient sentencing laws.

Inmates judged ready for parole can be freed depending on their conduct, mental and physical condition.

Fritzl, who has repeatedly asked to be released, is set to have his case reviewed by justice and prison officials.

As well as suffering from Alzheimer’s disease he is also said to be so frail he needs a walking frame to get around.

Adelheid Kastner, one of Austria’s most renowned psychiatrists, said Fritzl was no longer a threat to society and would be incapable of carrying out any crimes.

But being allowed out of prison under supervision for short trips would be a first step to getting a long-term prisoner acclimatised to the outside world.

Social media users have been horrified by the news.

One netizen, Karin Strasser, said: ‘He suffers from dementia but can go to have a coffee? Something’s wrong here.

‘Day parole after such an atrocious crime? This is totally incomprehensible.’

Another user, Wird Sein, argued: ‘It’s irrelevant whether someone is still posing a threat or not. The crime has to be punished.

‘He does not regret anything. His daughter was imprisoned for 24 years. He served just 15 years in a rather comfy prison cell.’

And Andrea Breithuber said: ‘I’m sickened by the fact that this creature is allowed to walk around. What has become of our country?’

Fritzl brought children's clothing and lingerie with him on his trip to Thailand

Fritzl brought children’s clothing and lingerie with him on his trip to Thailand

Fritzl, his cell window pictured, changed his name to Mayrhoff in an alleged attempt to evade attacks by other inmates

Fritzl, his cell window pictured, changed his name to Mayrhoff in an alleged attempt to evade attacks by other inmates

The street on which Elisabeth was held in a basement for more than 20 years

The street on which Elisabeth was held in a basement for more than 20 years

Fritzl pleaded guilty to rape, false imprisonment, manslaughter by negligence and incest

Fritzl pleaded guilty to rape, false imprisonment, manslaughter by negligence and incest 

Fritzl, who changed his name to Mayrhoff in an alleged attempt to evade physical attacks by other inmates, has reportedly applied for an early release several times in the past two years.

His lawyer Astrid Wagner, who last year published a book based on a series of his letters, told Newsflash a new life in a care home is ‘within the bounds of possibility’.

She said: ‘I personally see a chance for a release. He fulfils all the criteria.

‘This man is almost 90 years old and his mental condition is deteriorating. He is in need of support and care.’

Psychiatrists and medics continue to monitor Fritzl’s condition. 

Ms Wagner explained: ‘It is possible to normally communicate with him most of the time. However, there are these odd lapses.’

In one of these so-called ‘lapses’, Fritzl reportedly said he expected his abused daughter Elisabeth to marry tennis ace Boris Becker. 

‘One day he told me how happy he was about his daughter’s marriage to Becker. The next time I saw him, he told me they had broken up,’ Ms Wagner said.

‘He is polite and very charming. Josef Fritzl is only human, not a beast. He is a man who has not mastered his inner demons.’

Crime scene evidence show the bathroom the family had to  share

Three children were brought up in the basement while three others were brought up as foundlings by Fritzl and his wife

Elisabeth lived in this dingy, cramped basement for 24 years with her children

Elizabeth and her kids lived in the basement of the family home in Amstetten while Fritzl and his wife Rosemarie lived above

Elizabeth and her kids lived in the basement of the family home in Amstetten while Fritzl and his wife Rosemarie lived above 

After 15 years behind bars, the pensioner will become eligible for parole in March

After 15 years behind bars, the pensioner will become eligible for parole in March

In a case that shocked the world, Fritzl locked his daughter in the basement of the family home in Amstetten while he and his wife Rosemarie lived above.

Fritzl repeatedly raped and abused his daughter who gave birth to seven children.

One, who died at birth with breathing difficulties, was heartlessly tossed in a furnace by Fritzl.

Three were brought up in the basement with their mother, while three others were brought up as foundlings by Fritzl and his wife.

In his trial in 2009, Fritzl pleaded guilty to rape, false imprisonment, manslaughter by negligence and incest.

While awaiting his release, Fritzl recently had a shocking encounter with a man who believes the abusive monster is his father.

The visit, first revealed by the Austrian newspaper Kronen Zeitung, was later confirmed by a justice official.

The unnamed man claims his mother once had an affair with Fritzl.

It is currently unknown if Fritzl will be asked to undergo a DNA paternity test.

Meanwhile, his daughter Elisabeth has changed her name and receives support from the authorities in protecting her identity and the wellbeing of her children.

Judicial officials have refused to comment on the report that Fritzl has been allowed to visit local coffee shops in preparation for a release.



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