Secrets in the Cellar

Secrets in the Cellar

by John Glatt
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Secrets in the Cellar by John Glatt

Josef Fritzl was a 73-year-old retired engineer in Austria. He seemed to be living a normal life with his wife, Rosemarie, and their family—though one daughter, Elisabeth, had decades earlier been "lost" to a religious cult. Throughout the years, three of Elisabeth's children mysteriously appeared on the Fritzls' doorstep; Josef and Rosemarie raised them as their own. But only Josef knew the truth about Elisabeth's disappearance…

For twenty-seven years, Josef had imprisoned and molested Elisabeth in his man-made basement dungeon, complete with sound-proof paneling and code-protected electric locks. There, she would eventually give birth to a total of seven of Josef's children. One died in infancy—and the other three were raised alongside Elisabeth, never to see the light of day.

Then, in 2008, one of Elisabeth's children became seriously ill, and was taken to the hospital. It was the first time the nineteen-year-old girl had ever gone outside—and soon, the truth about her background, her family's captivity, and Josef's unspeakable crimes would come to light.

John Glatt's Secrets in the Cellar is the true story of a crime that shocked the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312947866
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 03/03/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 115,090
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

English-born John Glatt is the author of Lost and Found, Playing with Fire, and many other bestselling books of true crime. He has more than 30 years of experience as an investigative journalist in England and America. Glatt left school at 16 and worked a variety of jobs-including tea boy and messenger-before joining a small weekly newspaper. He freelanced at several English newspapers, then in 1981 moved to New York, where he joined the staff for News Limited and freelanced for publications including Newsweek and the New York Post. His first book, a biography of Billy Graham, was published in 1981, and he published For I Have Sinned, his first book of true crime, in 1998. He has appeared on television and radio programs all over the world, including Dateline NBC, Fox News, A Current Affair, BBC World News, and A&E Biography. He and his wife Gail divide their time between New York City, the Catskill Mountains and London.

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Secrets in the Cellar 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 96 reviews.
Lindsie More than 1 year ago
This story is truely disturbing and highly upsetting. To think that a father can brutally rape, abuse, and keep his daughter in a celler for 24 years will impregnating her with 7 children makes me cringe. The autor put the information in the book well- but I had some trouble getting through it.. A truely sick and sadly true story. It makes you look at people in a different way.
diana45 More than 1 year ago
This book tells it like it is. Every disturbing detail. It is very informative and descriptive, and very well written. I would highly recommend.
Michelle Brace More than 1 year ago
There werent 8 pages of photos.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had the potential to be interesting but a lot of time was spent repeating details over again. It doesnt appear well organized and the ending is abrut and lacks proper closure
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book was an account of the true story of the Fritzel family and the horror the father put the family through. It was a good book, a fascinating read, as disturbing as the story is. I enjoyed the book. I think the author did a great job of putting the story together although he does get a bit repetitive at times.
SMH66 More than 1 year ago
I never wrote a book review before so bare with me.reading the book I tried putting myself in the place of the family in the cellar to try to get the full feel of the book but later I found that I couldn't do that because what this man did to his own blood was horrible and I cant imagine living a life like they did. The book told enough so that you could understand just what they might have been through. But, I can tell lot's was left out.I think if your looking for a real page turner then this is the book I read it in two days all on my nook.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a horrific, but interesting, read. I read it in just a few days. The tale of this man's cruel deed was so crazy to read about. It was a good book, but a bit repetitive at times. I would recommend this book to people who enjoy reading true crime.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can not even begin to imagine how this monster could do something so horrific to his own child. Its a great book gives lots of detail and the story is simply chilling definitely a page turner...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novel was very well written in a true crime sense. There was enough detail to keep you completely interested without lingering on a particular time to too long. This novel gives you a complete perspective of the crime without loosing sense of the audience.
jclandis11 More than 1 year ago
This was a good read. It was detailed and very informative. A bit disturbing that this really took place. But definitely recommended!
TammyR More than 1 year ago
This book scared me half to death! Just to think that a father can keep his daughter in a cellar, rape, abuse and have 7 children with her is so perverted. This story is extremely sad and I enjoyed the authors writing style.
LMBK More than 1 year ago
Inconcievable that this could be happening this day in age. I am inspired by the strength and will to survive by the "Cellar Family". Easy reading, if not a bit disturbing.
pmaucher More than 1 year ago
Very well written. It's amazing how someone could just vanish, with everyone (including authorities) accepting the explanation given by one person and nobody looking for this woman.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book. No pictures was in it. But l liked it.
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That man is sick, sick, sick!!!!!!! What a wuss to blame everyone else except himself for his evil behavior! Delusional sick non human creature! I have much empathy for Elisabeth and her family. I pray God will help them through this horrific ordeal to be stronger every day. God bless all of you!
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* skitters in the shadows*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
well written true depiction of a psychopath can't put down.
MC26 More than 1 year ago
I love books like this and am cautious to buy a book from an author I don't know but this one was great! It kept my attention and I couldn't put it down! Would defintely reccommend it to others!
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Couldnt put it down. Short (200 pages or so). Yet good!!