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Austrian kidnap girl says she dreamed of escape

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Austrian kidnap girl says she dreamed of escape


The Austrian girl held captive for eight years has told how she dreamed of escaping from her kidnapper – but dared not risk a dash for freedom.

In a series of interviews paid for with six figure sums, 18-year-old Natascha Kampusch has chosen to tell of her ordeal at the hands of kidnapper Wolfgang Priklopil, who committed suicide after she escaped from him two weeks ago.

Kampusch told how she used eye contact to try to plead for help from passers-by during her brief outings from captivity, but her attempts went unnoticed.

After being abducted as a 10-year-old, Kampusch was kept in a small windowless cell beneath Priklopil’s garage.

She finally ran for freedom when Priklopil’s attention wandered while she was vacuuming his car.

Psychiatric helpers have described Kampusch as an intelligent and self-confident women with lots of plans for the future.

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