Cellar victim Kampusch raped, starved in film of ordeal

Mon Feb 25, 2013 3:49pm EST
 
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By Georgina Prodhan

VIENNA (Reuters) - A new film based on the story of Austrian kidnap victim Natascha Kampusch shows her being repeatedly raped by the captor who beat and starved her during the eight-and-a-half years that he kept her in a cellar beneath his house.

Kampusch was snatched on her way to school at the age of 10 by Wolfgang Priklopil and held in a windowless cell under his garage near Vienna until she escaped in 2006, causing a sensation in Austria and abroad. Priklopil committed suicide.

Kampusch had always refused to respond to claims that she had had sex with Priklopil, but in a German television interview on her 25th birthday last week said she had decided to reveal the truth because it had leaked out from police files.

The film, "3,096 Days" - based on Kampusch's autobiography of the same name - soberly portrays her captivity in a windowless cellar less than 6 square metres (65 square feet) in area, often deprived of food for days at a time.

The emaciated Kampusch - who weighed just 38 kg (84 pounds) at one point in 2004 - keeps a diary written on toilet paper concealed in a box.

One entry reads: "At least 60 blows in the face. Ten to 15 nausea-inducing fist blows to the head. One strike with the fist with full weight to my right ear."

The movie shows occasional moments that approach tenderness, such as when Priklopil presents her with a cake for her 18th birthday or buys her a dress as a gift - but then immediately goes on to chide her for not knowing how to waltz with him.

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Austrian kidnap victim Natascha Kampusch poses in front of a film poster before the premiere of the film "3,096 Days" in a cinema in Vienna February 25, 2013. A new film based on the story of Kampusch shows her being repeatedly raped by captor who beat and starved her during the eight-and-a-half years that he kept her in a cellar beneath his house. REUTERS/Herwig Prammer