The case had moved all of Europe. On March 2, 1998, 10-year-old Natascha Kampusch disappeared in Austria on her way to school. For eight years, when everyone thought she was dead, the little girl had been kidnapped by Wolfgang Priklopil. However, she had finally managed to escape, on August 23, 2006, during a moment of inattention from her captor. As soon as he escaped, the latter had committed suicide by throwing himself under a train.
Almost 17 years after her release, Natascha Kampusch agreed to testify about her confinement in the documentary “Natascha Kampusch, the confession event: return to 8 years in hell” broadcast on Tuesday March 7 on TMC. The one who is now 36 years old has agreed to tell in detail what she has experienced. The opportunity for her to remember the basement in which she was locked up, her relationship with her captor, but also the trials after her release.
3096 days. This is the time Natascha Kampusch spent in her kidnapper’s dungeon. The documentary confesses to her 8 years in hell, Tuesday evening. pic.twitter.com/ouUAnHpYRL
— TMC (@TMCtv) March 4, 2023
Natascha Kampusch became an author
After her release in 2006, Natascha Kampusch, now an adult, tried to reintegrate into society. She became a jewelry designer and author. The young woman notably wrote the books 3096 days in 2010 and 10 years of freedom in 2016. However, she also experienced difficult times after her release. “Suddenly, the hatred was unleashed. It already started in the first or second week after my release and it didn’t stop” she explained in 2022 on Arte.
Victim of cyberbullying, Natascha Kampusch revealed that she had suffered a lot, in particular because of the massive media coverage of her story: “It started with conspiracy theories, defamation, newspaper headlines that intentionally conveyed false information. It got even worse when I got my own website.” A particularly difficult moment that she should address in the new documentary devoted to her kidnapping.
Natascha Kampusch © WALTER