Woman held captive and raped by stepdad for more than 20 years revisits ‘house of horrors’

A woman held captive by the “Irish Joseph Fritzl” for more than 20 years has returned to the “house of terrors” where her ordeal unfolded.

Brave Mary Manning and her daughters Ashley and Iseult made the journey as they lifted the lid on their life under the control of evil rapist Sean McDarby.

After 20 years of counselling, Mary made the decision to go back to the house where her childhood was shattered by the monster, who first raped her in 1976 when she was just 12-years-old and impregnated her for the first time when she was 16.

Her daughters Iseult and her sisters Ashley and Megan, who were born as a result of rape, first revealed their story to The Sun after waiving their right to anonymity, saying their mother Mary — who was beast McDarby’s ­stepdaughter — was repeatedly abused and lived in fear for years.

Since then they have received widespread praise and support after highlighting how authorities did nothing after they reported the horrific abuse.

The Manning family are calling for an independent review into Mary’s case and why when the family disclosed the abuse to social services, no action was taken.

In her book, Nobody Will Believe You, Mary described how McDarby made her put the baby into paper bag for him to “dispose of”. He later claimed he buried the child on his farmland in Carlow, south-east of Ireland.

Sean McDarby married Mary’s mother Mona a year after her father Richard died. He began grooming her soon afterwards before sexually abusing her by the time she was 12.

He moved Mary to three different locations in Dublin where she was cut off from the outside world. By the time she was 22 she was living alone with four children under the age of five, with no communication to the outside world.

Psycho Fritzl, 84, is serving a life sentence in Austria for holding his daughter captive in an underground cellar for 24 years where she was raped and beaten and gave birth to seven children.

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