Natascha Kampusch, the 18-year-old Austrian held captive in a basement for eight years, has given her first broadcast interview following her escape from captor Wolfgang Priklopil.
The case has fascinated Austria
In a 40-minute interview with Austrian state broadcaster ORF, she described her kidnap, the conditions in which she was held, and her relations with her captor Wolfgang Priklopil.
The following are key quotes from the interview.
ON BEING KIDNAPPED:
He grabbed me. I tried to scream but no sound came out. Yes, I was in desperation and very angry... I was very upset with myself that I did not change the side of the street and that I did not go to school with my mother in her car... I promised myself I would grow older, stronger and sturdier to be able to break free one day.
ON HER PRISON:
It felt very claustrophobic in that small room. I threw water bottles against the walls or banged against them with my fists so that maybe someone could hear me. It was harrowing and if he had not taken me up into the house at some point to have a bit more space to move, I think I might have gone crazy.
ON HER CAPTOR:
I find I was stronger than him. He had an unstable personality... I had a loving family. He missed that...
He always scanned through the pages (of newspapers she had read) to see if I had not written
something, that was his paranoia, he always controlled and checked
everything, to see if I hadn't written messages.
ON RECEIVING BIRTHDAY PRESENTS:
He obviously thought that he should at least give me some sort of compensation. I think he had a very bad conscience, but he tried very hard to suppress it.
ON HER CAPTOR'S DEATH:
I told him I could no longer live this way. I told him I would certainly attempt to escape... I was fully aware that my escape would also be his
death sentence because he always threatened me with
ON THE FUTURE:
I had all these thoughts about what I have been missing,
like my first boyfriend and all that... But I already personally fulfilled my biggest wish in the
past few days - freedom!