Josef and Rosemarie Fritzl married when they were just 21 and 17 respectively in 1956. They settled in Austria and had seven children together; five daughters and two sons. By the time Josef was in his mid-thirties he already had a long rap sheet including rape, attempted rape, indecent exposure, fraud and arson.
Josef’s r eign of terror did not stop there. He began sexually abusing his daughter Elisabeth when she was only 11-years-old.