Natascha Kampusch

Natascha Kampusch launching her book 3,096 Tage (3,096 Days) at a bookstore in Vienna on Sept. 9, 2010.Natascha Kampusch launching her book 3,096 Tage (3,096 Days) at a bookstore in Vienna on Sept. 9, 2010. Helmut Fohringer/Associated PressWolfgang Priklopil committed suicide on Aug. 23, 2006, after Kampusch, whom he had held in captivity for more than eight years managed to escape.Wolfgang Priklopil committed suicide on Aug. 23, 2006, after Kampusch, whom he had held in captivity for more than eight years managed to escape. Austrian Police/Associated Press

Natascha Kampusch was snatched on her way to school and held for eight years in a small cellar under the garage of her abductor, Wolfgang Priklopil, in Austria.

She escaped at age 18 and eventually described repeated physical and mental abuse inflicted on her by Priklopil, who committed suicide hours after she escaped.

In her first interview after her dramatic escape in 2006, Kampusch said she “thought only of escape” throughout her ordeal and repeatedly wondered why she was the child snatched by Priklopil.

Kampusch was rarely allowed to go outside her cell in a suburb of Vienna. She was allowed to watch television and videos, listen to the radio and read books.

After her escape, she continued to live in Vienna and began hosting a TV show in June 2008.