Kidnap victim Natascha Kampusch has revealed the horror of her ordeal in an autobiography, launched today.
Natascha, who disappeared on her way to school in Austria in March 1998 aged 10, was held captive and kept in a basement dungeon until she escaped in August 2006, when she was 18.
Her autobiography, which is being serialised in the Daily Mail from today, describes how she repeatedly tried to commit suicide in desperate attempts to end her life in captivity. She says she was beaten 200 times a week, and manacled to her captor, Wolfgang Priklopil, while they slept together in his bed.
Priklopil forced her to clean his house obsessively and told her she was his slave.
Natascha, who is now 22, has just launched her book, entitled 3,096 Days – the length of time she was held captive.
She says: 'If I cried, he'd leave me in the dungeon in total darkness.
'Whenever I mentioned my parents, he'd fly into a rage...
'Food deprivation was one of his most effective strategies to keep me in line. "Just look at you. You're fat and ugly," he told me when I was 12 – filling me with self-hatred.'
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