The Straits Times
Published on Oct 25, 2012

Austrian 'incest monster' Josef Fritzl divorces wife of 55 years


VIENNA (AFP) - Josef Fritzl, the Austrian who fathered seven children with his own daughter in a homemade dungeon, has divorced his wife of 55 years because she has never visited him in prison, a press report said on Thursday.

The divorce, which was legally approved a few weeks ago, means that Ms Rosemarie Fritzl can no longer draw on her 77-year-old ex-husband's pension, the Austrian weekly News reported.

Contacted by AFP, the divorce lawyer reportedly hired by Fritzl to file for the separation, Mr Nikolaus Rast, declined to comment. News also said that Ms Rosemarie has not replied to Fritzl's many letters to her.

Fritzl kept his and Ms Rosemarie's daughter Elisabeth prisoner in the basement of the family house in Amstetten, central Austria, for 24 years, raping her thousands of times and fathering seven children.