L. is said to be a Reich citizen and prepper.
In the past week, unbelievable scenes have been taking place in the Austrian municipality of Obritz near Hadres. A man (54), later identified as Tom L.*, attacked two city employees with pepper spray and then holed up in his house. The police then arrive.
When the officers search the man’s building, they can hardly believe their eyes. In the basement of the house they find the man’s partner and six small children. They are all hidden in a room of the former wine cellar.
According to the authorities, attentive neighbors are said to have brought the police to Tom L.’s trail. They noticed that children’s voices could be heard in the wine cellars, reports ORF, among others. When the residents approached the house where L. was hiding the children, the voices fell silent.
The city then decided to investigate. When the inspectors showed up at L.’s door, he immediately lost his temper and attacked the city officials with pepper spray. When they alerted the police, the man is said to have threatened to kill his children. A special unit then stormed the house and found the children and partner.
Huge food halls
According to the authorities, there is a whole network of former wine cellars below the village of Obritz. Tom L. is said to have been hiding in these with his family for years. According to a report by the “Daily Mail”, L. is said to belong to the Reichsbürger scene and lived in the Prepper style. Preppers are people who prepare for various types of disasters and stockpile masses of supplies.
L. put huge stores of groceries in the aisles of his basement, as a video on his TikTok channel shows. In it, however, he himself denies belonging to the Reichsbürger and Prepper scene. He just behaved like a responsible father.
Police also found a number of weapons during a search of the home. Among other things, several air pressure pistols, two crossbows and a repeating rifle were found. L. says: “These weapons can’t hurt anyone.”
L. is said to have been known to the authorities as a Holocaust denier and Nazi admirer. In recent years he is said to have self-published more than 20 books, many of which are said to have contained hate-mongering texts.
L. wants to sue authorities
In the meantime, the authorities have released L. and his partner. The six children, three boys and three girls, remain in the care of the state. According to the “Daily Mail”, the children were born in England and then brought to Austria. But they were never reported to the authorities. That’s why Tom L. has to travel to the capital Vienna with his wife and take a DNA test there. “We never registered our children here, but they are mine. Now we have to prove that we are the parents.”
After the house search, the father is now trying to sue the authorities. «The officers refused to leave, they came to our house. It’s not their business, it’s none of their business how we live. I told them my children would be safe here.”
Other cases have caused excitement
According to a report by “Bild”, the children were doing well. No traces of violence were found on them either. This was different in the Fritzl case, which caused a stir in 2008 under similar circumstances. The incest case in Amstetten, Austria, shocked the whole world in 2008: Josef Fritzl had kept his daughter captive in the basement for 24 years, repeatedly raped her and fathered seven children with her. In 2009 Fritzl was sentenced to life imprisonment.
In 2006, the case of Natascha Kampusch came to light. Kampusch was kidnapped as a ten-year-old girl on her way to school and taken to Vienna in Wolfang Priklopil’s basement. When the world-famous kidnapping victim managed to escape after eight years, her captor threw himself in front of the train. (zis)
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