Austrian Kidnap Victim Buys House of Horrors Where She Spent 8 Years in Dungeon

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A 20-year-old Austrian woman who was held captive for eight years now owns the house near Vienna in which she was imprisoned and kept in a dungeon, SkyNews reported.

Natascha Kampusch was kidnapped at the age of 10 in 1998 by Wolfgang Priklopil, who threw himself in front of a train after her dramatic escape in 2006.

Kampusch told German magazine Bunte that she wanted to keep the house where she was held to protect it from vandals and stop it being torn down, SkyNews reported.

"I know it's grotesque — I must now pay for electricity, water and taxes on a house I never wanted to live in," she said.

Kampusch said she has visited the house since her escape.

"Nothing is as threatening as it was back then," she said. "But at the same time, it's still a house of horrors for me."

Kampusch will testify Thursday in a civil court case in which her mother, Brigitta Sirny, contests claims by a retired judge that she was an accomplice in her daughter's kidnaping, basically giving her daughter away to him, The Earth Times reported.

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