The details of one of Austria’s most notorious crimes have kept the nation spellbound since Natascha escaped from her abductor, Wolfgang Priklopil. She discusses her story for the first time.
The story of Natascha Kampusch has sparked a media and human interest frenzy the like that has not been seen in Austria. Natascha Kampusch’s tale of being held captive by her abductor Wolfgang Priklopil for 8 years has enticed the curiosity of all. Natascha showed her face for the first time since her escape from her 8 year long captive hell. Natascha dreamed of escaping and fleeing her captivity although she had not planned to the day that she finally did.
The eighteen-year-old said her escape hadn’t been planned that day and that it was a flight of opportunity. She thought about fleeing many times but knew that if her attempt failed she would never come out of the windowless dungeon she was kept in for eight years.
Also, Natascha Kampusch admits that there were several times she dreamed of killing her captor. Is it any wonder with the torment she went through that she did not carry out her thoughts.
“I also had nasty thoughts… Sometimes I dreamt of chopping his head off, if I had an axe,” the teenager told the magazine, but added that the man’s suicide was “a waste” as no one should resort to suicide.
Natascha Kampusch would ask herself according to reports why of all people did this happen to her? During her eight year ordeal all she could do was dream of escaping.
Kidnap victim Natascha Kampusch has said all she could think of during her eight-year ordeal was how to escape and despaired when she learned that people believed she was dead.
“I asked myself again and again ‘why among all the million people did this happen to me?’,” Natascha told News magazine.
Priklopil had locked Natascha in the windowless cell in his house in Strasshoff, some 15 miles outside the capital, after abducting her on her way to school in 1998.
“I felt like a chicken in a hen battery,” she said.
“I promised myself that I would never lose the thought of escape.”
I tried to ask for help using my eyes, says kidnapped girl
The Austrian girl who was held captive in an underground cell for eight years has told how she tried in vain to signal for help with her eyes when she met people during occasional outings with her captor.
Last night, Feurstein said: “There were moments in the interview that really gave me the creeps. She told me she made eye contact with people time and again, and wanted to signal them, ‘Please help me’. And nobody reacted.”
Kampusch Interview “Gave Journalist the Creeps”
Christoph Feurstein, the ORF journalist who landed a career-deciding interview with Austrian abduction escapee Natascha Kampusch said to the BBC that talking to her gave him the creeps.
Kampusch claimed she had made eye-contact with people trying to ask them for help, but no one got her signals. This and other moments in the interview shocked the journalist, and the effect of Kampusch’s words was increased by the fact that she was not disguised or hidden in any way.
Natascha Kampusch’s open letter, This must is a must read.
A transcript of the letter by Natascha Kampusch, the Austrian teenager who was held captive for eight years, as it was read to the media by her psychiatrist, Dr Max Friedrich