Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Natacha Kampusch Apparently Forgave Wolfgang After His Death Update 4-28-08


Natacha Kampusch, a teenager in Vienna, Austria who was kept prisoner for more than eight years in a dingy cell now says that her captor was a "poor soul." Natascha spoke to the media Tuesday, a year after her dramatic escape. She was 10 years old when she was kidnapped in Vienna on her way to school. She spent the next 8 1/2 years confined by her captor, Wolfgang Priklopil. She was mainly kept in a tiny underground dungeon in his home. At age 44, Priklopil committed suicide within hours of Kampusch's escape on Aug. 23, 2006. "All I can say is that, bit by bit, I feel more sorry for him," Kampusch, now 19, said in a Austrian documentary. She referred to Priklopil as a "poor soul - lost and misguided." Kampusch said goodbye to Priklopil as he lay in a coffin. He committed suicide hours after her escape by throwing himself in front of a commuter train hours. She said, "It was always clear there could only be one of us and it was me in the end - and not him."
Update 4-28-08. Similar story about an Austrian engineer that allegedly kept his daughter locked up for over 20 years. LINK.

24 comments:

blond bombshell said...

I can tell you right now she is much more forgiving then I would ever be...

Shell

Anonymous said...

What a nice gesture...

holly said...

Seems like she developed some feelings for him during the captivity.


Holly

Joey C. said...

I think it is "Patty Hurst" syndrome when you develop contacts or connections with your captor.


Joey C.

Anonymous said...

Poor child. She will never get completely over it.

Anonymous said...

Life goes on. She is getting over it.

Anonymous said...

She shows too much mercy!

Anonymous said...

Range me. Wait...he's dead.

L.S.

Ms. Calabaza said...

Natacha is a much kinder person than I would be under those circumstances.

colleency said...

Stockholm Syndrome. She's still tied to him - "It was always clear there could only be one of us and it was me in the end" Us??! She can forgive him because she still sees them as somehow connected.

Once she fully seperates, she'll be able to feel anger.

Poor kiddo. It's a rough road ahead.

Legal Pub said...

Colleency and Ms. C. Great insight. Thanks for sharing.

Legal Pub said...

Yup, L.S. No debate about the death penalty in this case. Wolfgang carried out his own trial, sentence and execution.

Legal Pub said...

Yes, L.S. No debate about the death penalty in this case. Wolfgang carried out his own trial, sentence and execution.

Anonymous said...

what a nice girl

Anonymous said...

Sweet forgiving young woman.

Anonymous said...

Natacha is a saint!

Yolanda P. said...

I think it is real common for people to develop feelings for their captors. After being trapped in a marriage for 23 years, I even began to develop feelings for my ogre husband!


Yolanda P.

Legal Pub said...

The Austrian Engineer who admitted to holding his daughter in a cellar for over 20 years is a similar story. See home page.

Anonymous said...

What a similar type of torture

jester said...

Yuk to all these incestual realtionships. If I wanted to read about this, I would have stayed in Kentucky and just read wedding invitations!

Jester

Anonymous said...

how can you just forgive someone for doing this to you??? do you think the fritzel family will just get over it like this young lady has?

Anonymous said...

Stockholms syndrom is well documented. Yes, I think Frizl's family has at least in part forgiven him.

Anonymous said...

Interesting topic.

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