An Austrian newspaper is reporting that captured war crimes fugitive Radovan Karadzic worked in Vienna as "miracle healer" during his years under cover.

The Kurier daily quotes a married couple as saying that Karadzic called himself "Pera" and saw patients in homes of Serbians living in the Austrian capital.

The couple, whose names were altered by the newspaper to protect their identity, say they sought his services after trying in vain to have children. Kurier quotes them as saying their encounter with him occurred in mid-2006 and that they last heard from him more than a year ago.

Kurier reported that the former Bosnian Serb leader allegedly lived with Serbian families while in the Austrian capital and only stayed up to three days at a time.