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Cellar Monster changes plea to guilty -

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Reporter: Stephanie Kennedy

ELEANOR HALL: To Austria now where in a dramatic turnaround overnight Josef Fritzl, the man accused
of enslaving and repeatedly raping his daughter pleaded guilty to all the charges against him.

Fritzl changed his plea after listening to his daughter's evidence and he told a psychiatrist that
he is aware of his evil side.

Stephanie Kennedy filed this report:

STEPHANIE KENNEDY: For two days Josef Fritzl listened to his daughter Elisabeth's video testimony.
Her evidence of horror and abuse is a story made of nightmares. For 24 years she was kept as a sex
slave, locked in an underground cellar. It was in this windowless dungeon where her own father
repeatedly raped her, she bore his seven children.

While Fritzl had earlier pleaded guilty to rape and incest he denied enslavement and murder by
neglect. He refused to seek medical help for a baby that died shortly after birth.

As the court convened for a third day, the judge asked Fritzl how he felt after watching his
daughter's evidence. In a low voice he told the court. 'I plead guilty', and he added he was sorry.

The plea took the court and his lawyer Rudolf Mayer by surprise.

RUDOLF MAYER: He said he had changed because he had seen first time the (inaudible) of Elisabeth
and he had seen the first time how she had thought about this thing and how was her feeling about
the facts.

I was very, very surprised because his personality, he always want to be powerful. I was very
surprised that it was possible for him now to speak how guilty he is.

STEPHANIE KENNEDY: The picture that has emerged of Josef Fritzl is of a man who must be in total
control of the people around him. That need to control was evident at this trial. He shielded his
face with a blue folder on his way into court but eventually he let his guard down and photos of
the man dubbed the Cellar Monster were splashed around the world.

The court appointed psychiatrist Dr Adelheid Kastner explains his mental state.

ADELHEID KASTNER: The roots of what he did at least partly lie in childhood I think, where he had a
childhood that was deprived of any kind of emotional warmth, of love and of security.

And he spent the childhood in fear for and of his mother. And he never learned to feel positive
emotions and he always had problems in having positive emotions for other people. But what he felt
was being suppressed, being oppressed, being maltreated and what that made him want was being in
control of others.

STEPHANIE KENNEDY: Fritzl told her he was born to rape and he would repeat his behaviour.

ADELHEID KASTNER: He has to be considered dangerous. He has to be considered a danger for others
because the need to be in control won't end with him becoming older.

STEPHANIE KENNEDY: Under Austrian law the jury will still hand down a verdict. Then the court will
deliver justice for Elisabeth and her children and hopefully they will be able to move on with
their lives.

This is Stephanie Kennedy reporting for The World Today.