Memoirs of kidnap victim Kampusch out in September

Tue Jun 22, 2010 6:23am EDT
 
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VIENNA (Reuters Life!) - Austrian kidnap victim Natascha Kampusch will tell the story of her eight years imprisoned in an underground cell in memoirs to be published in September, a newspaper reported Tuesday.

The 220-page book, called "3096 Days" will be published in German on September 8 according to Austrian daily Oesterreich and a listing on the online bookseller Amazon.

Kampusch, now 22, made headlines around the world after she escaped from her captor Wolfgang Priklopil in 2006. He killed himself hours later.

"It is true that Ms. Kampusch is working on her autobiography, this is her main focus at the moment," her spokesman Wolfgang Brunner told the newspaper.

Kampusch, who has chaired her own talk show and made several carefully planned media appearances since her ordeal, is also working on a film of her story which is set for release in 2012.

Austria reeled over an abuse scandal again in 2008 when it emerged that Josef Fritzl had imprisoned his daughter Elisabeth in a cellar for 24 years and fathered seven children with her, one of which he murdered through neglect. He is in jail for life.

Austrian media have reported that both Elisabeth and her father are also penning their life stories.

(Reporting by Sylvia Westall, editing by Paul Casciato)