Passport photograph of Přiklopil
14 May 1962|
|Died||23 August 2006
|Cause of death||Suicide by jumping in front of train|
|Children||an anonymous daughter (alleged)|
|Parent(s)||Karl and Waltraud Přiklopil|
Wolfgang Přiklopil (14 May 1962 – 23 August 2006) was an Austrian communications technician. In 1998, he kidnapped 10-year-old Natascha Kampusch and held her in captivity for eight years, committing suicide after she escaped.
Přiklopil was born to Karl and Waltraud Přiklopil, in Vienna, an only child. Karl was a cognac salesman and Waltraud a shoe saleswoman. Přiklopil worked for a time at Siemens as a communications technician.
Přiklopil kidnapped Kampusch on the morning of 2 March 1998 as she was on her way to school, eventually keeping her in a custom built basement (sometimes referred to as a "dungeon" in news reports) under his house in Strasshof, Lower Austria. The house was built by Přiklopil's grandfather, Oskar Přiklopil, after World War II. During the Cold War period, Oskar and his son Karl built a bomb shelter, thought to be the origin of Kampusch's dungeon. Přiklopil took over the house in 1984 following his grandmother's death.
Wolfgang Přiklopil allegedly had a daughter.
- Patrick Foster. "The silence of the lamb". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 10 December 2006.
- Duke Katie (27 August 2006). "'Respect my privacy' says kidnap victim". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 27 August 2006.
- Mark Oliver (5 September 2006). "Kidnapper's retro computer offers scant clues". The Guardian (London).
- Allan Hall (3 April 2013). "Natascha Kampusch's father names a second kidnapper and claims police covered up errors in the search for his daughter in explosive new book". Daily Mail (London).
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