Saturday, 30 May 2009
Thursday, 28 May 2009
Chronicles of a Woman raped, impregnated at 14 years of age and the reunion with her child born out of rape
28th May 2009
This is the first picture of Natasha Mikhailova, the five year old 'Mowgli' girl who was raised by dogs after her parents neglected her.
She speaks no words, laps up her food and drink with her tongue, and walks on all fours.
Though living in filthy conditions in the same home as her father Viktor Lozhkin, 27, and grandparents in the Siberian city of Chita, child experts say she was treated as one of the dogs and cats.
Lozhkin, and the girl's mother Yana Mikhailova, 25, who has had no contact with her for two years, were both arrested on suspicion of neglecting her.
'They never let her out, we didn't know she existed,' said one neighbour.
'They have three really vicious and angry ones which they took for walks - but we never saw this child.'
The girl, physically underdeveloped and more like a two-year-old, was not registered with local doctors or hospitals.
Natasha is now under close observation in a local social rehabilitation centre.
Specialists are shocked at the way she jumps on people and plays dog games yet they say she is not mentally retarded, but starved of love and attention from humans.
'When I went out of the room, she jumped at the door and started barking, not just mewing or something, but barking,' said Nina Yemelchugova, chief of the centre.
'She eats well, she's got a good appetite but she can't behave at the table, she throws away the spoon and laps up food from the plate.'
Natasha shuns the company of other children and gets nervous when she hears unexpected noises.
Local police chief Larisa Popova said officers entered the flat on Monday after a tip off from neighbours.
'We had to fight to get this girl away,' she said.
Her father not there but the dogs sought to protect her.
'The child was living in absolute filthy conditions, the flat smells awful. There were a lot of animals, dogs and cats, and the girl was living with them.
'When we went into the flat we were almost knocked over by the stink.'
Natasha was wearing torn and soiled clothes.
Yekaterina Novikova, who lives nearby, said: 'These neighbours are unsociable, they only come out at night or early in the morning to avoid meeting with other locals and they never open the door.'
The mother - who has three other children living at another address - was arrested after going to police following local TV coverage of the girl being taken into care.
She claimed that Natasha had been 'kidnapped' by her father several years ago, but seems to have made no effort to get her back.
Experts hope Natasha can recover with intensive education.
She showed delight when an art teacher drew a picture of a flower.
The parents could face around three years in jail, according to Russian media reports.
This is the latest of a number of cases of feral children in the former Soviet Union.
Neglected by their parents, these youngsters sought love and solace from animals, usually dogs.
Psychologists call the phenomenon Mowgli Syndrome after the character in Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book, who was raised by wolves.
They blame the social dislocation and economic woes which followed the break-up of the USSR.
Feral children are the stuff of folklore all over the world and usually exhibit the behaviour of the animals with whom they have had closest contact.
Wednesday, 27 May 2009
27th May 2009
An elderly woman stored her mother's body in a freezer for up to 20 years, it was revealed today.
Daulat Irani's mother was found wrapped in bin bags and stored in a freezer in the garage of her home in Sidcup, South-East London.
Police were today questioning Mrs Irani, 83, after the grim discovery.
Officers believe that Mrs Irani feared that authorities would discover that her mother had been living in Britain illegally if her death was made public.
It is understood the body was formally identified yesterday as that of Gulbai Freedoon Murzan, who was born in 1901.
Officers believe she could have been dead for up to 20 years.
Her death was currently being treated as unexplained rather than suspicious, the Metropolitan Police said.
Post-mortem examination results are expected later this week.
Officers were initially called to the property in Park Mead on May 10 after being alerted by a neighbour. Forensic officers then moved in to remove the well-preserved corpse.
Ray Dyson, 77, who lives nearby, said Ms Irani was a 'nice old lady' who went quietly about her business.
He told the Daily Mirror: 'This has all come as a bit of a shock. The first we knew was when two police cars and an officer in a full forensic bodysuit turned up.
'They taped off the garage and have now put a padlock on it.'
A police spokesman said: 'The death is being treated as unexplained rather than suspicious.
'There have been no arrests and an 83-year-old woman has been interviewed under caution.'
Tuesday, 26 May 2009
Monday, 25 May 2009
Friday, 22 May 2009
Wednesday, 20 May 2009
Fritzl planned to free his cellar family - and assumed they would keep the details of their captivity secret
Below are profiles of Fritzl's 'upstairs' and 'downstairs' children:
Now living 35 miles from the family home - and the secret chamber - in Linz.
Left home when she married. She and her family would join parents, Josef and Rosemarie, at family reunions and go on holiday together.
He also left home to get married. Friends say he has tried to support his sister Elisabeth in her hour of need. He also joined the annual family holidays and celebrations.
She lives with her partner and child near Amstetten in a small chalet-style home. A sign outside reads: "Reporter nicht erwunscht" - reporters not welcome.
Gabrielle's twin brother.
The married teacher lives in Bad Goisern, in the foothills of Alps. Her impressive home is a detached chalet-style property set in extensive grounds in the countryside.
Now 42 but looks 20 years older - Reunited with mother and the three children she was forced to give up at Amstetten-Mauer Landesklinikum psychiatric hospital.
She spent her entire life underground. She has been left undernourished and light deprived.Her teeth are nearly all gone and she has kidney failure.
The 5ft 7in teenager is destined to walk with a stoop for life due to living in 5ft 6in cellar. Has been given an aquarium similar to one he had underground to aid recovery.
Youngest of incest kids. Has spent his entire life underground and never saw the daylight until now. Shockingly, he can walk, but prefers to crawl. Clings to his mum and a teddy.
The first of three to be taken in by her unsuspecting grandmother. She has led a near normal life, excelling at music and maths. Described by pals at catholic school as "bubbly and funny".
One of the upstairs children, she has suffered heart condition from early age which required surgery. Doctors are investigating if it is connected to her incestuous birth. She is reportedly a talented musician.
He served as an altar boy and is remembered as a kind boy who ran errands for the grandmother he called "Mami". He plays the trumpet.
He struggled with breathing and died shortly after Elisabeth gave birth alone. Fritzl pleaded guilty to his murder.