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ELEANOR HALL: Austrian police have released images of the small windowless rooms in which a woman
was held captive and sexually abused for 24 years by her father.

The man, Josef Fritzl, has admitted to imprisoning his daughter in the soundproof cellar, and
fathering seven children with her. And as the police continue their investigations, the woman and
three of her children, who until the weekend had never seen the outside world, are being cared for
by psychologists.

Barbara Miller reports.

BARBARA MILLER: For many Austrians, Amstetten used to be just a place they passed on the freeway.
That changed on Sunday, when teams of police and scores of reporters descended upon the small town
west of Vienna.

73-year-old Josef Fritzl has now confessed to holding his daughter captive for 24 years in
specially constructed cellar rooms below an apartment block in Amstetten.

During that time he repeatedly sexually abused her. Seven children were born. Six survived. Josef
Fritzl has told police he burned body of the one who died in an oven used for heating.

Amstetten residents still can't believe it:

AMSTETTEN RESIDENT: I think it is horrible. It's just the thought that this is happening down the
street from where I live is shocking, but I didn't know the family. It's just been very quiet. I've
never seen anyone going in or out.

BARBARA MILLER: Journalists too are struggling to find the right words:

REPORTER: NBC's Donna Frezen (phonetic) is in London with the details on this. Donna, I'm not even
sure where to start. I mean, it sounds like something that almost couldn't be true. It sounds like
a movie plot and yet this is just a tragic true story.

BARBARA MILLER: Images of the rooms in which Elisabeth Fritzl and three of her children were held
have now been released.

At first glance they appear small, but otherwise almost normal. The bathroom area, for example, is
adorned with colourful stickers and fixtures.

But senior police officer Franz Prucher says entering the rooms is a deeply shocking experience.

FRANZ PRUCHER: The height is one metre, 70. You couldn't stand straight. And I thought how could
people, children, live under these conditions. Every day, every night, without light from outside.
They could not see the sky. They had only artificial light.

You hear nothing, I was there. You must see the situation. I was there, the cellar is very deep,
you can cry and nobody will hear, nobody.

BARBARA MILLER: As police continue their investigations, questions are being asked about how it was
possible for Josef Fritzl to carry on his double life.

The head of the Lower Austrian Bureau of Criminal Affairs, Franz Polzer, says Mr Fritzl was a
convincing liar.

FRANZ POLZER (translated): We know for certain that this man was very dynamic, yes even domineering
and authoritative within this family. There was a situation which was explained to us by the other
family members again and again. And no one in the family was aware that down in the soundproof
cellar, their sister had to live with her children

BARBARA MILLER: Elisabeth Fritzl and the three children who were kept in the cellar with her are
now receiving psychiatric care.

Even specialists though, can hardly comprehend the extent of their suffering:

EVA MUNKER-KRAMER: It is seldom that the reality is worse than the worsest fantasy is.

BARBARA MILLER: Eva Munker-Kramer is a Vienna-based trauma therapist.

She says at the moment she has no answers on how exactly Elisabeth Fritzl and her children can be

EVA MUNKER-KRAMER: I think no expert in the world at the moment can say what is the best for all of

The best would be if the amount of family therapists and trauma therapists would think about that
and then offer something to them, but it would be a precisely put setting for all of them.

I have no idea at the moment, I must admit. I think it's an extraordinary case and nobody can tell
what would be very senseful in the long term.

BARBARA MILLER: In the short-term, psychologists say the woman and her children will have to adapt
to their surroundings. It's understood that the children had until the weekend never seen daylight.

And they'd had no social contact - apart from with their mother, siblings and with the Josef
Friztl, the man who is apparently both their father and grandfather.

ELEANOR HALL: Barbara Miller with that report.