Friday, June 19, 2009

Josef Fritzl book in "Top 50 books for Dad" this Father's Day.

UK book stores are under attack for displaying a non-fiction book on the infamous cellar rapist, Austrian man Josef Fritzl, as a suitable gift for Father's Day.

"The Crimes of Josef Fritzl" details the atrocities committed by Fritzl who locked his daughter in an underground dungeon for 24 years, fathering seven children to her and murdering one.

A branch of high Street chain WH Smith had the book listed in a "Top 50 Books for Dad" display while a branch of Tescos similaly had it displayed.

Tescos initially defended its decision saying through a spokesperson that it would smack of censorship to remove certain books because some people found them offensive.

However, the supermarket chain later changed its policy.

“It was never our intention to cause offence to any of our customers. It was placed there by mistake and has been removed," a spokesman said.

Meanwhile, WH Smith has apologised for its store displaying the books saying it was “a mistake by one store. It is not national policy. We will rectify this immediately.”

Outraged shopper, Matt James, who spotted the book in the WH Smith's Father's Day display expressed his disgust.

“Are they mad? He's probably the worst dad in the world. What he did to his children was horrible.”

Controversy aside, the book itself looks like a fasinating read into a sick and sinister man.

The Crimes of Josef Fritzl: Uncovering the Truth was written by Stefanie Marsh and Bojan Pancevski - the first English-speaking reporters to break the case and were there as the police uncovered the dungeon. They draw on previously unreleased testimonies from the trial as well as exclusive interviews and documents including confidential official files on the case to give the only complete and authoritative account of the forces that drove Fritzl to create another world, far from the light, in which his fantasies of control could be played out.


- Also, even looking at pictures of this man make my skin crawl. I hope his victims find peace and strength in their lives free of him. I was heartened to read that Elizabeth may even have found love during her recovery.

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