Wednesday, September 7, 2011

3096 Days in Captivity

I just got this book in the mail today. It came out in Europe long ago, but I pre-ordered it from amazon, and it just arrived. This is the story of Natascha Kampusch, of Europe. She is a missing child who actually managed to escape after eight years of captivity. This is what the back cover says:

On March 2, 1998, ten-year-old Natascha Kampusch was snatched off the street by a stranger and bundled into a van....


Hours later she found herself on the cold floor of a fifty-square-foot dungeon in a house that would be her home for the next eight years. When she emerged from captivity in 2006, having survived one of the longest abductions in recent history, her childhood had come and gone.


Now Natasche Kampusch tells her extraordinary story for the first time. She was starved, beaten, and treated as a salve, sleeping in a dungeon-like basement and being forced to work for her deranged tormentor. But she never forgot who she was -- and she never gave up hope of returning to the world. She writes about how she refused to surrender to despair, and how she learned to manipulate her captor and managed to escape.


Ultimately, Natascha's account of her experience is about the triumph of the human spirit, and how, through an ordeal of almost unbearable hopelessness, she emerged against inconceivable odds -- with her heart and soul intact. 


There is hope.

21 comments:

  1. There is hope. We can never lose hope or all would be lost. Nothing is impossible. One of my favorite quotes is from Audrey Hepburn. "Nothing is impossible, the word itself says I'm Possible" :) we keep your family in our prayers & pray for Michaela to come home soon. May God keep her safe & bring her home to your loving arms.

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  2. Sharon, Natasche has her own website http://www.natascha-kampusch.at/ is not in english and I was never able to use google translate on it but maybe you or someone knows other resources that can be used to translate it. I also remember watch a documentary about her story awhile ago not sure here.

    She has an incredible story of survival and hope, like you say and well there is hope, there is always hope.

    Sending prayers and hugs your way,
    With love,
    Clairebear

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  3. why some kids (like Natascha Kampusch and steven stayner) manage to escape from their life of captivity while most others (like Colleen,shawn hornbeck and jaycee) stay back and endure it is a mystery even to psychologists and psychiatrists.even to the victims themselves.jaycee is still trying to figure out why she didn't make an attempt to escape or let anybody know who she really was.i guess it depends on the personality of each kid,the way they were raised and how powerful their brainwashing was.of course once you get pregnant by your kidnapper and end up having kids that becomes a huge contributing factor too.

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  4. Steven Stayner didn't set out to escape. His kidnapper had taken another boy, Timmy White, and Steven was helping him to escape. What he couldn't do for himself, he could do for someone else. He was more or less nabbed and rescued while he was helping Timmy.

    I'm really eager to read Natascha's story. I am really interested to see how she kept her spirit.

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  5. sharon,

    i don't mean to be annoying but i noticed a typo.in the line "My primary job in life has been as a mom" under "About Me" you left out the "h" in has.sorry.just thought i would let you know.

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  6. Thank you, anonymous. I will correct that.

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  7. Hi Sharon! I try to follow your blog as I am a huge supporter of your finding answers about Michaela. I am wondering if you can add a "subscribe" button in which your readers can elect to have your new posts sent to their email inbox? I didn't notice one here. I have one on my blog, but I use Wordpress, so not sure how it works on Blogger. Mine is an RSS feed through Feedburner. If it's already on here and I missed it, I apologize! All my best,
    Suerae

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  8. I will try, Suerae! Can you tell me if it still appears as visitors in site meter if it's a subscription?

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  9. Hmmm... I don't know the answer to that, Sharon, sorry, but I am unfamiliar to site reader. My guess would be that it only shows up if they actually click into the site from their email, which subscribers don't always do. Some read it on their email and that's that. But, if they want to comment, they have to click into the site. I've also seen email subscriptions where only a portion of the post shows up in the email and if they want to read more, they have to click into the site. Not sure how that's done. But you can track subscribers through feedburner. Hope that helps! ~ Suerae

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  10. How was the book?? “I'm really eager to read Natascha's story. I am really interested to see how she kept her spirit”—do you recomm. It?.

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  11. Your special blog has been an immense help in inspiring me forward with trying to write my kidnap/sra/ rescue story. I think I can begin now. Thxs for years of sharing your hearts journey, excellent writing skills & for mentioning of this special book- I’m going to order this one you featured“3,096 Days in Captivity: The True Story of My Abduction, Eight Years of Enslavement,and Escape” By Natascha Kampusch and another mentioned on Amazon released in Jan.” Buried Memories: Katie Beers' Story (kidnapped/rescued and breaking silence after 20 yrs)› Katie Beers ….My 40 years of soggy heart silence does not feel so long or too late to make a difference. Your dear family will remain in my prayers.
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  12. I actually didn't read the book. I kept putting it off ... I have kind of mixed feelings about it, as you can imagine. Then my daughter borrowed it for a papers she was writing for school and I haven't seen it since. I haven't really tried to find it, I will admit. Has anybody else read it?

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  13. No not yet! But sooooon. It’s a 1000 percent understandable why you would put off reading a difficult book like this!!!
    As a long time silent kidnap survivor I have had concern that the graphic nature of encounters I had would be too difficult for readers- I have always desired to promote Hope not traumatize. This goal has kept me publicly silent though I have a file cabinet filled with many genre/style attempts. However long it takes I have found it is important to be gentle, guard goals, special needs & the treasure chest of Hope.
    There are 34 amazon.com book reviews for Natascha Kampusch’s book I found today that someone might find interesting… . http://www.amazon.com/096-Days-Captivity-Abduction-Enslavement/dp/0425244288

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    1. I understand Natascha refused to write about any sexual abuses she suffered. But we know with the three young women recently rescued in Cleveland that there are many forms of abuse. One of the young women will have to have facial reconstructive surgery because of the beatings. They had bed sores from being chained, tied, and taped in the same positions for long periods of time. When he went out he put duct tape over their faces, leaving just a small hole to breathe through, and then ripped it off when he came home, ripping off hair and skin. And I am sure we have just begun to hear what happened in that house.

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    2. Oh, but one other thing, if you are struggling with how to tell your story, you could always tell it through fiction. It could be your own story told as fiction, or it could utilize fiction to illustrate what it is you want to say.

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    3. 1. “I understand Natascha refused to write about any sexual abuses she suffered.” >> It certainly is understandable!>>
      2. “ But we know with the three young women recently rescued in Cleveland that there are many forms of abuse… And I am sure we have just begun to hear what happened in that house.>>Indeed! Most likely just the beginning. Iniquity has many ways of expressing itself—they will be on my prayer list for a very long time>>

      1. “Oh, but one other thing, if you are struggling with how to tell your story, you could always tell it through fiction. It could be your own story told as fiction, or it could utilize fiction to illustrate what it is you want to say.>> Thank you I ‘m leaning in that direction. I was inspired more so by recently re-reading a blog of yours under “writing” where you said…” But I have started working on a novel, and I am finding it to be absolutely amazingly gratifying. I am able to just rip my heart open and pour it out into fiction in a way that I can't in non-fiction.”.:-) Best to you….


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    4. Here is 1 of a multitude of songs that strengthen me & has been viewed 3,585,179 times on YouTube ! :-)Yolanda Adams “Never give up” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0et-zyoKLw

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    5. Here is a portion of unedited rough draft of my story from the chapter “Divinely Thawed Memories” After reading the bravely written book mentioned here on your blog I returned to memoir format for a time. Truth is often more unique then fiction! I look forward to seeing more portions of your book(s)!!:)
      “Divinely Thawed Memories” “ Decades later I was listening to a song about hope. I closed my eyes and an unexpected vision unfolded. Into my frozen memory of horror a mysterious silent being of pure Light entered. I beheld from a distance as this One slowly walked down the fortified basement stairs. When the Being of Light passed the single source of light dangling from a wire the bulb disappeared. When this One glided by the old plastic children size table, tea set, and 2 little empty chairs, they too disappeared. The lighting in the dim cement basement kept getting brighter.
      This One of Light then came to the small narrow wooden structure used to induce cooperation. The lid was off but the little me, still frozen in time, was inside still crying-mouth open-no sound coming out . The large warmly lit Presence leaned down. The large hands of this being came into my observing view. There were unexpected holes in both brightly lit palm’s . With utmost tenderness the huge being of Light tenderly bent over and scooped the little crying me up. Held close to the chest of Light we and the basement disappeared. “

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    6. p.s. If my multi-faceted healing journey story were to offer theme songs, these 2 would be included. God Bless:
      “There's a story behind my praise”
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVQ0W_IkRhE

      “ GRACE - MICHAEL W. SMITH” Your Grace shines on me.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FxaV7GCkEg&feature=share&list=PL8D7C83B37828FB53

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  14. I read it earlier this year and it was very matter-of-fact account of what she went through. Well written but as you can imagine the story itself is horrific

    Hope you find your daughter! I stumbled on your blog by accident

    Pearls, Diamonds and Everything Else

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