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Women who lived to tell of abduction hell

THE Ohio case bears many similarities to a number of abduction cases in recent years.

The one standout difference is that this case concerns the abduction of three different women, who appeared to have been held against their will in the same property, for up to 13 years in one case.

Other cases involved one young woman.

People will be looking for answers as to how this could happen and wonder if any lessons have been learned.

Jaycee Lee Dugard

In June 1991, 11-year-old Jaycee Lee Dugard was dragged into a grey saloon car by a notorious sex offender outside her Californian home.

Her stepfather gave chase, but it was to be 18 years before he saw Jaycee again.

It later emerged during court proceedings that Phillip Garrido had been "child shopping" on the day he snatched Jaycee. Now aged 32, she had given birth to two daughters, fathered by her pervert captor Garrido.

She and her daughters had been kept hidden in tents and sheds in his back garden.

The truth emerged after Jaycee was found in August 2009. Garrido had asked the University of California for permission to distribute religious leaflets on campus and Jaycee and her two daughters were brought along.

A campus police officer was suspicious of Garrido's "zombie-like" daughters and called his parole officer.

Garrido (58) and his wife Nancy (55) were subsequently charged with 29 counts relating to the abduction. In June, 2011, Phillip Garrido was sentenced to 431 years imprisonment. Nancy Garrido received 36 years to life.

Elisabeth Fritzl

The Fritzl case emerged in January 2008 when Elisabeth Fritzl (42) told police in the town of Amstetten, Austria, that she had been held against her will for 24 years.

She was held captive in a concealed corridor, part of the basement area of the family home which was constructed by her father Josef. Her father raped, beat her and held her captive for all of that time.

The incestuous relationship forced on her by her father resulted in seven pregnancies and one miscarriage. Three of these children remained with their mother – having never seen daylight and living their whole life "downstairs".

They were daughter Kerstin (19) and sons Stefan (18) and Felix (5). Another son Michael died three days after his birth, suffering from respiratory problems. Josef Fritzl refused to get medical help and incinerated his body after he passed away.

Another three were reared by Josef and his wife, Elisabeth's mother, Rosemarie, in the family home upstairs.

When Kerstin became seriously ill in January 2008, Josef acceded to Elisabeth's pleas for help for her stricken daughter.

He took her to hospital, triggering a series of events that led to the discovery of Elisabeth and her children.

After a four-day trial, Fritzl pleaded guilty to the charges of the murder by negligence of baby Michael, as well as the enslavement, incest, rape, coercion and false imprisonment of his daughter, Elisabeth, and was sentenced to life imprisonment.

Natascha Kampusch

After an eight-year captivity, Natascha escaped from her captor in August 2006.

Natascha was abducted by Wolfgang Priklopil as she made her way to school in March 1998. She was just 10 at the time.

Her disappearance prompted a massive police search, but no trace of Natascha was found.

During the eight years of her captivity, Kampusch was held in a small cellar underneath Priklopil's garage.

On August 23, 2006, Natascha was cleaning Priklopil's car with a hoover in the garden. Priklopil took a call on his mobile and moved away from the car due to the noise – this gave Natascha the opportunity to escape. She ran away before telling a neighbour who she was and the police were called.

Priklopil later threw himself in front of a train.


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