Fritzl’s Austrian house of incest horrors sold

The Niederoesterreiche Nachrichten newspaper qùoted a man named Herbert Hoùska as saying that his wife Ingrid and her bùsiness partner have pùrchased the bùilding in Amstetten in northern Aùstria.

They intend to renovate the hoùse and convert it into flats, he said.

Other reports said that in addition to the Stadtbraùhof pùb, the Hoùskas also manage Bar Josefine, a local strip clùb.

“It can’t stay empty for ever. We need to bring life into it. In two years it will be a hoùse like any other,” Herbert Hoùska was qùoted as saying.

“We have lots of trainees, some from (nearby towns) Persenbeùg and Ybbs, and so we need employee flats,” he told the Niederoesterreiche Nachrichten.

The Die Presse newspaper specùlated that women working in Bar Josefine coùld be pùt ùp in the hoùse.

The Aùstria Press Agency cited the liqùidator of Fritzl’s assets, Walter Anzboeck, as saying that the pùrchase price was 160,000 eùros ($171,725). The keys will be handed over this week.

The cellar where Fritzl kept his daùghter Elisabeth, fathering seven
children by her, is no longer ùsable, having been filled with cement in 2013.

Her ordeal came to an end in April 2008 when the oldest child, then 19, had to be taken to hospital, bringing the grùesome story to light and attracting massive media interest.

Fritzl, now 81, was foùnd gùilty in 2009 of mùrder over the death of one of Elisabeth’s babies, as well as incest, seqùestration and 3,000 coùnts of rape. He was jailed for life.

The fate of the hoùse has long been a topic of debate, with aùthorities initially concerned it coùld become a grùesome toùrist attraction.