'British Fritzl' Jailed

Remember Joseph Fritzl, the repugnant Austrian father who kept this daughter imprisoned in a dungeon for years? Sadly, Britain has its own version. The British papers today bring news of a father who abused his two daughters for nearly 30 years and impregnated them 19 times. (His name is withheld to protect his victims.) The man has been given 25 life sentences, and local authorities are being investigated for not reporting the crimes sooner. According to The Guardian, “He ‘took pleasure’ in assaulting the girls, the court heard, and the violent attacks would stop only while the children were pregnant.” The girls’ mother apparently moved out of the home sometime in the 1990s. The man’s daughters released a statement saying: “His detention in prison brings us only the knowledge that he cannot physically touch us again.”