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Wolfgang Priklopil

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Born May 14, 1962(1962-05-14)
Hainburg an der Donau, Austria
Died August 23, 2006 (aged 44)
Vienna, Austria
Occupation Telecommunications technician

Wolfgang Priklopil (May 14, 1962 in Hainburg – August 23, 2006 in Vienna) was an Austrian communications technician. He kidnapped the then 10 year old Natascha Kampusch and held her for eight years, committing suicide after she escaped. Priklopil was born to Karl and Waltraud Priklopil, in Hainburg, an only child. Karl was a cognac salesman and Waltraud a shoe saleswoman.[1] Priklopil worked for a time at Siemens as a communications technician.

He kidnapped Kampusch on the morning of 2 March 1998 as she was on her way to school. Priklopil kept her in a custom built basement (commonly referred to as a "dungeon") under his house in Strasshof, Lower Austria. The house was built by Priklopil's grandfather, Oskar Priklopil, after World War II.[1] During the Cold War period, Oskar and his son Karl built a bomb shelter, thought to be the origin of Kampusch's dungeon. Priklopil took over the house in 1984 following his grandmother's death.

Kampusch escaped on 23 August 2006. After a police chase, from which he escaped, Priklopil committed suicide by stepping in front of a moving railroad train near the Vienna Northern Station.[2][3]

Priklopil appeared to have relied exclusively on a Commodore 64 as his computer, which is complicating the recovery of evidence due to its obsolescence in modern times.[4]

He was buried on September 8, 2006 in the Piplitz family grave in the town of Laxenburg, south of Vienna.

See also


  1. ^ a b ""The silence of the lamb"". Guardian (London).,,2099-2483706_2,00.html. Retrieved 2006-12-10.  
  2. ^ Katie, Duke (2006-08-27). "'Respect my privacy' says kidnap victim". Guardian Unlimited.,,1859303,00.html. Retrieved 2006-08-27.  
  3. ^ Strohecker, Karin (24 August 2006). "Austrian girl's suspected kidnapper kills himself". Washington Post. Retrieved 2006-08-25.  
  4. ^ Oliver, Mark (September 5, 2006). "Kidnapper's retro computer offers scant clues". Guardian Unlimited.,,1865500,00.html.  

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