John Fritzel

Jazz trumpeter and entrepreneur John Fritzel

For 24 years, Josef Fritzl kept his daughter captive in the basement of their home. He would come down during the night and force her to watch pornographic films before hitting her, until she became so ill that doctors had to resuscitate her multiple times. It wasn’t until after being released that Rosemarie, her mother, learned of his secret until it was too late – until now!

Early Life and Education

John Fritzel began playing piano at the age of eight under his father’s guidance as a pianist/composer. At twelve, he took up playing trumpet and formed a Dixieland jazz combo which performed regularly at local venues and state music education competitions, winning numerous awards along the way. His jazzy sound was heavily influenced by Chet Baker and Clifford Brown; he was also part of High Society jazz band and Tout Va Bien Jazz Quintet.

Joel Fritzel passed away peacefully on April 26, 2017 and is survived by his wife Rosemarie and brother William Gene. Funeral services will be held on May 2, 2017 at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home in Lawrence.

Professional Career

John Fritzel began his entrepreneurial journey as a Subway franchisee, then ventured into real estate. Unfortunately, like so many others he was caught up in the Great Recession and ultimately filed for bankruptcy. Nowadays he serves as Chief Marketing Officer of Lightshade Labs – an Atlanta-based cannabis company offering turnkey cultivation management services – and Executive Chairman of Buddy Boy, an eight-store Denver retail chain focused on cannabis products and services. Radaris offers various tools to help find what you’re searching for – from social media profiles and work history to public records and business information – whatever it may be!

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