Inside the new life of Josef Fritzl’s daughter: Elisabeth Fritzl lives with bodyguard husband in isolated riverside home just half an hour from dungeon where monster fathered seven children with her

The daughter of evil Josef Fritzl lives just half an hour from the hell-hole basement where her father held her prisoner and raped her thousands of times, MailOnline can reveal.

Fiend Fritzl, now 88, imprisoned Elisabeth in a dungeon under his home for 24 years and fathered seven children with her before his reign of terror came to an end in 2008 and he was jailed for life a year later.

After the trial, Elisabeth and the children were given new identities – and she married the bodyguard who protected her after the crimes came to light. They are understood to still be together.

MailOnline is aware of the current surname and other details of their new life, but is not releasing them due to strict Austrian laws prohibiting their disclosure to protect Elisabeth.

However, we can now reveal more general information about Elisabeth’s circumstances.

Elisabeth Fritzl (pictured as a schoolgirl), now 56, was held captive by her father Jozef in the basement of the family's Austrian home from 1984 to 2008.  She bore him seven children after being repeatedly raped

Elisabeth Fritzl (pictured as a schoolgirl), now 56, was held captive by her father Jozef in the basement of the family’s Austrian home from 1984 to 2008. She bore him seven children after being repeatedly raped

Josef Fritzl is during day four of his trial at the county court of St.  Seen Poelten in 2009

Josef Fritzl is during day four of his trial at the county court of St. Seen Poelten in 2009

Fritzl was allegedly spotted around Krems an der Donau, apparently in preparation for his release on parole

Fritzl was allegedly spotted around Krems an der Donau, apparently in preparation for his release on parole

Elisabeth and three of her children lived in the basement of the family home in Amstetten, Austria, while Fritzl and his wife Rosemarie lived above.

Elisabeth and three of her children lived in the basement of the family home in Amstetten, Austria, while Fritzl and his wife Rosemarie lived above.

Crime scene evidence shows the bathroom the family had to share

Three children were raised in the cellar while three others were raised as foundlings by Fritzl and his wife

Elisabeth lived with her children in this dirty, cramped basement for 24 years

She now lives in a two-storey detached house about 30 minutes’ drive from Amstetten in a small hamlet – and also a short distance from the infamous Nazi concentration camp at Mauthausen.

Across a bridge over the Danube River, the usually snow-covered fields were muddy and waterlogged after recent heavy rain and the sky was still gray and dark from the warship when MailOnline approached the tiny hamlet of just a few hundred people.

A gray wooden fence surrounds the orange rust-painted house and security cameras are on the outside wall watching any visitor to the now 56-year-old Elisabeth’s home.

The house has a carefully laid out garden with a small swimming pool. Inside, ceramic art hangs on the walls, with empty window boxes on rails outside the house that has a double garage.

Directly opposite is her daughter Kerstin’s house, which is also decorated with ceramic artwork – and both houses overlook flat, featureless farmland near the Danube River.

The family was apparently housed in the town after Fritzl’s eldest son Harald moved there and told his sister how isolated it was.

Residents are tight-lipped about the family, but Elisabeth – who now has long hair – is known to have attended the local dance earlier this month and occasionally eats out at the village restaurant.

One resident said: ‘Elisabeth and some of the older children still live here and every now and then they are seen at the restaurant and village events.

“Everyone knows the background, but no one talks about the past – they have a new life and people respect that.”

Neighbors have confirmed that Elisabeth and Kerstin still live in the village, but respect their privacy, so leave them alone, they say.

Fritzl is on day four of his trial at the county court of St.  Poelten on March 19, 2009 in St.  Seen Poelten, Austria

Fritzl is on day four of his trial at the county court of St. Poelten on March 19, 2009 in St. Seen Poelten, Austria

Fritzl (88) is detained in the Sankt Poelten prison and suffers from Alzheimer's disease

Fritzl (88) is detained in the Sankt Poelten prison and suffers from Alzheimer’s disease

Fritzl, his cell window pictured, changed his name to Mayrhoff in an alleged attempt to evade attacks by other inmates

Fritzl, his cell window pictured, changed his name to Mayrhoff in an alleged attempt to evade attacks by other inmates

The street in which Elisabeth was kept in a cellar for more than 20 years

The street in which Elisabeth was kept in a cellar for more than 20 years

The local mayor and priest of the local church both confirmed that residents are aware of the family but are keeping their presence a secret from the wider world.

Elisabeth was known for marrying her bodyguard Thomas Wagner, who was 23 years younger, in 2019 and the two are apparently still together.

According to Oesterreich newspaper, the couple tied the knot after she spent months together following her release from her hellhole and married when she was 52 years old.

A source told the publication: ‘They are a couple, everyone saw from the beginning how safe she felt with him.’

The relationship is said to have given Elisabeth ‘renewed strength’ in her journey to normalcy.

Meanwhile, Fritzl himself also strives for ‘normalcy’ as he tries to be released from a psychiatric prison where he is serving his sentence in a regular prison.

Speaking through her lawyer Eva Plaz during her father’s trial, Elisabeth said she never wanted him to be released.

Ms Plaz said: ‘She wants the defendant to be held responsible until death.’

The lawyer told the court earlier: ‘The defendant has made himself the master of life and death. For this he must be punished.’

But last month a court in Krems ordered his transfer after a closed-session hearing was told he ‘no longer threatens to reoffend’ after being found guilty of rape, incest, addiction, coercion and murder by neglecting his newborn son.

However, prosecutors, who did not attend the case, have now lodged an objection and a higher court in Vienna will now hear the appeal.

But his lawyer Astrid Wagner told MailOnline: ‘The prosecution can try but they won’t win, their case doesn’t stand a chance.

‘It will only extend the timing for a few more months but I am confident he will be moved.

“I spoke to him after the news of the objection because he was surprised by it, but I told him there was nothing to worry about and he would be fine.”

His trial heard that he raped her 3,000 times in the rat-infested cellar and how he beat and kicked her and eventually had seven children with her – Kerstin born in 1988, Stefan (1990) and Felix (2002) lived downstairs at their mom just

While Lisa (1992), Monica (1994) and Alexander (1996) were raised upstairs in the house Fritzl shared with his wife Rosemarie in sleepy Amstetten in central Austria, 48 miles from Linz, a son Micheal tragically died shortly after he was born.