Sunday 25 February 2018

Kidnap film reveals Natascha's rape horror

Georgina Prodhan

A new film based on the story of Austrian kidnap victim Natascha Kampusch shows her being repeatedly raped by her captor who beat and starved her during the eight-and-a-half years that he kept her in a cellar beneath his house.

Ms Kampusch was snatched on her way to school at the age of 10 by Wolfgang Priklopil and held in a windowless cell under his house near Vienna until she escaped in 2006, causing a sensation in Austria and abroad. Priklopil committed suicide.

Ms Kampusch had always refused to respond to claims that she had sex with Priklopil, but in a German television interview on her 25th birthday last week she said she had decided to reveal the truth because it had leaked out from police files.

The film, '3,096 Days' – based on Ms Kampusch's autobiography and starring Irish actress Antonia Campbell-Hughes – soberly portrays her captivity in a windowless cellar less than 6 square metres in area, often deprived of food for days at a time.

A preview of the film, starring Campbell-Hughes as the teenaged Ms Kampusch, was shown to journalists yesterday ahead of the Vienna premiere which Ms Kampusch and the film's director and stars attended. The film goes on general release this week.

Irish Independent

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