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Girl in the Cellar - The Natascha Kampusch Story Hardcover – 30 Nov 2006
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The first book to investigate one of the most notorious kidnapping cases of our times and how Natashca survived eight years in captivity. Written by two journalists who have been tracking the case ever since her disappearance, it contains a wealth of exclusive new information.
When Natascha Kampusch made her bid for freedom on 23 August 2006 after eight years held captive in a seemingly ordinary Austrian suburban house, her story horrified and astonished the entire world. How did she survive a childhood locked in a cellar? What sort of young woman had emerged? What kind of man was Wolfgang Priklopil, her abductor - and what demands had he made of her? As the days and weeks passed and Natascha's TV interview failed to quell the curiosity, so the questions began to change. What exactly was the relationship between abductor and hostage? Why had Natascha waited so long to escape when it seemed there had been other, earlier opportunities? Did Natascha's parents know Priklopil before he kidnapped their daughter? Allan Hall and Michael Leidig have tracked the story from the days of the 10-year-old's disappearance. They have spoken to police investigators, lawyers, psychiatrists, and to the family members closest to Natascha. They have come as close as possible to uncovering the full, shocking story.It is a story that tests the limits of our understanding of how human beings behave - and makes our hearts bleed for the plight of an innocent child caught up in a horror story almost beyond our imagining. See all Product description
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I felt the book is the result of lazy research, no attempt to look at anything new, or to analyse why the police acted as they did. Wild claims are made on such flimsy evidence as a manual typewriter visible on a tv broadcast (which, apparently, prooves that the police had no modern equipment); a big deal is made of the fact that the local police were the first to interview Natascha, rather than the cold case team (how were the cold case team supposed to be ready for her eascape?); and the rest of the book is repetition of facts that are already in the public domain, padded out with a heavy layer of guesswork.
I got thoroughly annoyed at the constant repetition of the kidnappers going to the same bar to drink apple juice and eat a sausage, when the owner of the bar actually stated that she could not remember what he ate, thoughts attributed to people when the author could not have known their thoughts, and the lack of anything worth reading.
If you want to know what happened, there are much better books, I would avoid this one.
I found this book un-put-down-able and would recommend it to anyone interested in this kind of story. Of course, there will be questions left unanswered, as this book was researched and published before Natascha Kampusch gave any real insight into the relationship she developed with Priklopil. However, I have read that the book written later by Natascha (3,096 Days) does answer those lingering questions. I am about to start that book today! I would recommend that people read this book first and then follow up with 3,096 Days.
finally summons up the courage to escape.
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