The family obtained common visits from social employees, who noticed and heard nothing to arouse their suspicions. After completing compulsory training at age 15, Elisabeth began a course to become a waitress. In January 1983, she ran away from home and went into hiding in Vienna with a pal from work. She was discovered by police within three weeks and returned to her mother and father. She rejoined her waitress course, completed it in mid-1984, and was supplied a job in close by Linz.
Following the fourth child’s start in 1994, Fritzl allowed the enlargement of the prison, from 35 to fifty five m2 , putting Elisabeth and her youngsters to work for years digging out soil with their naked hands. The captives had a tv, radio, and video cassette player. Food could be saved in a refrigerator and cooked or heated on hot plates.