Trials

Dungeon Dad Admits Incest

We can drop the “alleged” before “daughter rapist” when describing Josef Fritzl now: The Austrian dungeon dad pleaded guilty to incest and “partially” guilty to rape today but denied enslaving his daughter or murdering their newborn baby through neglect. Flanked by six policemen, Fritzl concealed his face from cameras with a blue loose-leaf binder. According to the Associated Press, “Fritzl's lawyer will clarify which part of the rape charges he rejects during the closed-door part of the trial this week, said court spokesman Franz Cutka. In theory, Cutka said, Fritzl could plead guilty to the rape charge in general but dispute the prosecution's claims as to the degree of violence he used.”