Josef Fritzl, the Austrian accused of fathering eight children with his daughter whom he imprisoned in a cellar for 24 years, has “converted to Buddhism” and even invited psychologists to study his “warped mind”, a newspaper report said on Friday.
In fact, the 74-year-old “monster” came to know about the religion, which focuses on personal spiritual development, during a family holiday in Thailand, and he became its devoted follower while in jail recently, hoping to be reincarnated as a decent person in his next life, ‘The Sun’ reported.
Fritzl, awaiting a trial on March 16 for murder, rape, slavery, incest and imprisonment and abuse has also invited criminal psychologists to study his mind and work out the root of his evil.
“They should look at what makes me tick and learn from it to stop anything like this happening again,” the leading British tabloid quoted Fritzl as telling his lawyer when the latter visited him in jail.
Forensic psychiatrists have welcomed the move. Prof Reinhardt Haller, a leading expert in this field, said: “It would be foolish to refuse this offer.
Fritzl caged teenage daughter Elisabeth in the cellar of the family home in Amstetten, Austria, in 1984 and repeatedly raped her over 24 years. She bore him eight incest kids while another died three days after being born in the cellar and was burned in a stove.