A robbed childhood

Days ago, the media were scrabbling over the arrest of the alleged killer of a six-year-old JonBenet Ramsey. Now Vienna, Austria is hogging the headlines with the miraculous re-appearance of a girl who was kidnapped by a 44-year-old Nachrichtentechniker in 1998. The man committed suicide last night jumping in front of a Schnellbahn while being chased by the police and the now 18-year-old woman is being examined. And the family, they are shocked of course, and I guess, happy.

It is really extraordinary and heart-wrenching. Right now news all over the world are taken by the story. I also discovered a new term: Stockholm Syndrome. She is said to be suffering from that disorder. She has developed a certain compassion to her kidnapper.

3 Comments so far

  1. KazMac (unregistered) on August 24th, 2006 @ 10:05 pm

    Hi Mel, Yes, the extraordinary escape of Natascha has made world headlines. I read the first part last night on the net on kurier.at I caught up with the story tonight on the car radio as I drove home from work. Poor girl, bless her. As for that evil creep Wolfgang, as we say in Britain ‘good riddance to bad rubbish !’


  2. Daniela (unregistered) on August 24th, 2006 @ 11:01 pm

    I used to live in the city were she got locked away. My parents still live there. Its on the other site of the “dorf” actually, but quite strange. 4 years ago i lived there, and probably crossed this guys way, and most probably passed his garden and house.
    its a strange feeling.. cant really describe it.

    I think the media could take a break now, and leave the woman alone. The woman AND the family, to be precisely.


  3. melancolia (unregistered) on August 25th, 2006 @ 12:18 am

    kazmac> the ORF’s Thema featured footages of the hideout. it was really shocking that the girl lived for 8 years in this small of a space. i hope she doesn’t develop claustrophobia for lack of other things that could traumatise her.
    daniela> gee, that’s creepy. you’ll really never know whom do you meet really.
    as for the media some of them speculated too much you know. the washington post already assumed that the girl was kept as a “sex slave”. in which the austrian profiler didn’t want to assume until everything’s done. and the german TV the nTV reporter relayed that the mother could have contacted the kidnapper. too much blah-blahs, too much assumption.
    but all in all it is really a miracle and a strange case.



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