Kidnap victim Natascha Kampusch's story shocked the public when she escaped from her captor ten years ago. Today, she lives part-time at the house in Austria where she was kept captive.
She was just 18 when she managed to flee Wolfgang Priklopil's house, where she had been kept for eight years. He had kidnapped her as a sex slave, and she had been kept in a hidden room behind a cupboard door leading to the garage.
Now 28 years old, she has given a detailed account for the first time of the moment she chose to escape, The Sun reports.
She told German newspaper BILD about what happened.
“I was told to clean his car," she said. “He wanted to sell it and had told me to clean it really thoroughly and completely. I remember that I felt like I could eat a horse because I had to make him jam sandwiches for breakfast but got nothing myself.”
“Previously he has observed me all the time. But because of the vacuum cleaner whirring in my hand he had to walk a few steps away to better understand his caller.
“I could hardly breathe. I felt solidified, as if my arms and legs were paralysed. Jumbled images shot through me.
“I looked to the right and left without knowing which way to go. Then I ran.”
She ran into a couple of guys who she asked for help, but they ignored her, so she ran to a woman who was in her garden shed. The woman called the police, and Natascha was soon reunited with her mother. Her kidnapper committed suicide that day by running onto train tracks.
Natascha has written a book about her life since escaping, called Ten Years Of Freedom. She has acquired the house of her kidnapper and spends a lot of time there, due to the memories she has there from her formative years.