Josef Fritzl made an astonishing plea for understanding from his cell today saying: "I am not a monster."
The Austrian, who locked up his own daughter in a dungeon for 24 years and subjected her to repeated rapes, claimed he has been unfairly represented by the police and the media.
And in a twisted bid for sympathy he argued that he should be held in high regard for not killing Elisabeth, 42, and the children he incestuously fathered on her - Kerstin, 19, Stefan 18 and five-year-old Felix.
....today, through his lawyer Rudolph Mayer, Fritzl made his first statement since being arrested last month after police discovered his double life.
He said: "Kerstin would not be alive today if it wasn't for me. I have made sure that she gets to a hospital.
"I could have killed all of them, and nothing would have come out of that. No-one would have ever known about it.
"I could have killed them and then sealed the place with concrete; it would have been very easy.
"I have not been treated fairly, it has all been one-sided."