The Josef Fritzl trial

 
 
 
  • Austrian incest father Josef Fritzl faced life in prison on Wednesday, March 18, 2009 after admitting charges of murder and slavery, dramatically changing his plea on the third day of his trial.(Robert Jaeger, AP)
  • Fritzl, who set up a house of horror with electrically controlled doors to stop his daughter Elisabeth and her children from escaping, enters the courtroom. (Helmut Fohringer, AP)
  • (Robert Jaeger, AP)
  • Defendant Josef Fritzl, is escorted during a court adjournment on the second day of his trial. (Helmut Fohringer, AP)
  • Television teams take their positions on a platform opposite the entrance of the provincial court building in St. Poelten, Austria, on Tuesday, March 17, 2009. Fritzl pleaded guilty to incest, rape and sequestration of his daughter but denied charges of murder and enslavement. (Christof Stache, AP)
  • Attorney Rudolf Mayer (right), and psychological consultant Heidi Kastner at the courthouse. (Robert Jaeger, AP)
  • Prosecutor Christiane Burkheiser is seen prior to the second day of the trial against Josef Fritzl. (Robert Jaeger, AP)
  • Judge Andrea Humer at the trial against Josef Fritzl. (Robert Jaeger, AP)
  • A man walks past dolls left scattered on the street after a protest rally was held in front of the court building. (Christof Stache, AP)
  • Judge Andrea Humer, (second left), and her assessors. (Helmut Fohringer, AP)
  • (Helmut Fohringer, AP)
  • The sister-in-law of Josef Fritzl, named only as Christine R (centre) arrives at the courthouse. (Samuel Kubani, AFP)
  • Activists protest outside the courthouse. (Dieter, Nagl, AFP)
  • Demonstrator Herbert Slezak protests in front of the courthouse. (Samuel Kubani, AFP)
  • (Samuel Kubani, AFP)
  • Franz Cutka (left), deputy head of the court and the vice chief of the city jail Lieutenant Colonel Erich Huber-G√ľnsthofer at a press-conference after the second day of the trial. (Dieter Nagl, AFP)
  • (Helmut Fohringer, AP)
  • This April 28, 2008 file photo taken by the Austrian police, shows Josef Fritzl at an unspecified location. (Police Niederoesterreich, AP)
  • A file photo of the Fritzl home. (John Macdougall, AFP)
  • Residents and journalists gather in front of the house where Fritzl held his daughter, soon after the story broke in the news. (John Macdougall, AFP)
  • A helicopter flies over the Amstetten hospital in Austria, April 27, 2008, where one of Fritzl's daughters, Kerstin, was admitted in a serious condition in mid-April. Kerstin was born from Fritzl's decades-long incestuous relationship with his daughter Elisabeth. (Dieter Nagl, AFP)