March 19, 2009
Posted: 1449 GMT
It's still hard for me to wrap my mind around the Josef Fritzl case. A father, who enslaved and raped his own daughter, fathered her seven children, one of which he admits murdering, gets life in a psychiatric facility.
Really, any punishment would seem like a slap on the wrist in the face of a crime so unthinkable.
The 73-year old's lawyer told the court Fritzl had raped his own daughter 3,000 times. The sickening image linked to that number.
And there's the statement from Fritzl's lawyer that he had felt guilty about his actions over the years or that he decided to plead guilty to some of the charges after watching the video testimony of his daughter, now 42, describe her near quarter century ordeal. A little to late to feel sorry. And hard to believe he had qualms about torturing his daughter. Remember that vacation video of a half naked Fritzl frolicking on a Thai beach?
It's a case that fascinates because it forces us to look at our own humanity.
If a human can do this, can live years hiding a crime in a fetid, windowless basement, planning every inch of the living space to accommodate his perverted desires, if, as Longfellow says "every human heart is human," how can our faith in people not be shaken?
Now attention turns to the sentence. Life in a mental hospital. We want to know what you think. Does the punishment fit the crime? Take part in today's poll.
Turning away from the case in Austria, we look at the latest economic indicators. Some investors are hoping, for the first time in a long time, that maybe – just maybe – the markets are starting to bottom out. After several triple-digit rallies for the Dow Jones, the markets are not tanking today. We'll look at the latest economic indicators with Susan Lisovicz at the New York Stock Exchange.
Also on tap today: we'll take you live to London for reaction to Natasha Richardson's shocking death following a ski accident. Phil Black will tell us how her home country is reacting to the unexpected death of one of the members of a British acting dynasty.
Plus the rest of the day's top news, of course.
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