Natascha Kampusch Biography
Birthday: February 7, 1988 (Aquarius)
Born In: Vienna, Austria
Natascha Maria Kampusch, an Austrian national, was kidnapped when she was 10 by Wolfgang Přiklopil, who held her captive for over eight years in a cellar. She finally managed to escape on August 23, 2006. She later revealed that she was frequently subjected to physical violence from her captor who sometimes beat her up to 200 times a week. He also forced her to do house chores in half-naked conditions in addition to sexually assaulting her. He psychologically manipulated her by telling her that her parents had refused to pay ransom, and that he had kidnapped her on someone else's orders. Reportedly, just before she escaped, Přiklopil was in the process of obtaining fake documents identifying him as a Czech immigrant, so that he could marry her and start a new life. He committed suicide by jumping before a train on the very day she escaped. The case attracted immense media attention, and when Kampusch showed sympathy for her captor, she was branded as a sufferer of the Stockholm Syndrome. One of Kampusch's interviews with Austrian public broadcaster ORF was sold to media companies in over 120 countries for a fee of 290 euros per minute. She wrote two books about her torment; and one of which, titled '3,096 Days,' was converted into the German-language movie, '3096'. Despite the horrors she witnessed in the house where she was held captive, she bought it 10 years after her escape and reportedly spends a lot of time there.