Dungeon children

The Austrian Josef Fritzl kept his daughter in the basement for 24 years and had seven children with her, who never saw the light of day. He had a “normal” family upstairs that supposedly never knew who lived in their basement. Here is evil on a scale that beggars the imagination.

How those children, the oldest of whom is 18, lived in total isolation and how they are reacting to experiencing for the first time the sight of the moon, the sun, and other human beings is heart-rending. From an article in the London Telegraph, Dungeon children speak their own animal language:

When he was rescued Felix pointed to the moon, which he was seeing for the first time, and said: “Is that God up there?”

He then made excited gurgling noises when he saw a cow.

Doctors said that since he emerged from his prison he is constantly excited and keeps trying to hit the air with his hand.

When he saw the sun for the first time he was even more excited than when he discovered the moon.

He made a squeaking noise and tried to look directly at the sun. When he realised he couldn’t he kept covering his face with his hand.

When police took him in a lift at the hospital he was petrified and clung on to his mother as the floor moved.

Police said he was stunned when one officers started talking into a mobile phone.

Felix was also excited about the police officer’s mobile phones. He was stunned by the ring tones and even more when one of the policemen used his mobile phone to talk.

The youngster also often hums an unknown tune to himself which police believe his mother used to get him to sleep.

More on the 18-year-old and the 5-year-old when they first saw the moon.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • http://gpiper.org/katiesbeer Theresa K.

    This story has stunned me. I wonder why I haven’t heard of it anywhere except here. It is an disheartening story of lack of emotion and extreme cruelty.

  • http://gpiper.org/katiesbeer Theresa K.

    This story has stunned me. I wonder why I haven’t heard of it anywhere except here. It is an disheartening story of lack of emotion and extreme cruelty.

  • S. Bauer

    This story makes me profoundly sad. I feel especially for the children’s mother.

  • S. Bauer

    This story makes me profoundly sad. I feel especially for the children’s mother.

  • http://www.hempelstudios.com Sarah in Maryland

    It is astonishing the evil that humans are capable of. I marvel at how this sort of cruelty is even possible, especially for a man to do to his own children. Lord have Mercy.

  • http://www.hempelstudios.com Sarah in Maryland

    It is astonishing the evil that humans are capable of. I marvel at how this sort of cruelty is even possible, especially for a man to do to his own children. Lord have Mercy.

  • WebMonk

    Theresa, don’t worry. The story is all over the place. I think it broke on Tuesday. Check out Google News if you want the entire story. It has been on their Top News list for a couple days now.

  • WebMonk

    Theresa, don’t worry. The story is all over the place. I think it broke on Tuesday. Check out Google News if you want the entire story. It has been on their Top News list for a couple days now.

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  • Carl Vehse

    “This cannot be real. If it is, we need another word for evil.”

    What? You mean like “as-bad-as-abortion”.

  • Carl Vehse

    “This cannot be real. If it is, we need another word for evil.”

    What? You mean like “as-bad-as-abortion”.

  • Susan aka organshoes

    Depravity. There’s an appropriate word.
    There is no end…

  • Susan aka organshoes

    Depravity. There’s an appropriate word.
    There is no end…

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