3,096 Days by Natascha Kampusch
A true story about survival. A girl who never takes on victimhood. And a kidnapper who meets his match.
This is the story of Natascha Kampusch, a young woman who at the age of 10 was kidnapped on her walk to school on the morning of March 2, 1998. Her abductor, Wolfgang Priklopil, was an intelligent, manipulative loner who had lost control of his life. He wanted a partner, a maid, and a slave. He found the solution to his problem, eight-year-old Natascha.
Priklopil was a sound engineer, and with his skills and resources, he built a dungeon just for the purpose of holding someone captive.
Natascha tells the story in her own words, of how she suffered but persevered through eight years of captivity. Enduring constant mental and physical abuse, she still saw hope to one day make it home to her mother and father.
I’m not gonna lie. This memoir is graphic and not for the faint of heart. Her resilience will test your belief in human endurance and capacity to grasp the true horrific extent of human cruelty. This is the story of killing or being killed. From the point of view of a girl who was ten. I admire her strength and can only imagine that is taking her far in life. I hope she’s out there living her best life. You go, girl!