June 13, 2008
It was also from The Times, from May 19, and featured 70-odd girls, of “early grade school to college” age, with their fathers, stepfathers and fathers-in-law-to-be, at the ninth annual, largely evangelical “Father-Daughter Purity Ball."Oh, and the article starts out by comparing the practice to Muslim women getting hymen replacement surgeries across Europe.
“From this, it’s only a matter of degree to the man in Austria,” I’d scribbled across the first page.
The “man in Austria,” of course, was 73-year-old Josef Fritzl, who was around that time also making headlines after it was discovered that he had kept his daughter, Elisabeth, 42, locked up in a cellar for 24 years, during which time he’d raped her regularly, and had her bear him seven children.
Fritzl, a self-described “man of decency and good values,” had imprisoned his daughter after she began staying out all night and drinking. “I had to create a place where I could keep Elisabeth by force if necessary, away from the outside world,” he confessed.
Anyway, I'm off to visit area churches for advice. I need to get started on my family's dungeon.
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