Ohio Kidnap Victims Rescued After A Decade Of Imprisonment - 5/6/2013

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The world can be a very sick and twisted place. Humans aren’t only horrible to the environment but also to each other. But karma is a valid cloak that unveils itself and comes back to those who choose to defy it. On May 6, 2013, three women were rescued from a house in Cleveland, Ohio, where they had been imprisoned for years. Their warden, an unemployed bus driver by the name of Ariel Castro. The women, Michelle Knight, Gina DeJesus, and Amanda Berry went missing in different areas, spanning the years of 2002 and 2004, at the time they went missing they were 21, 14, and 16 years old. There was also a 6-year-old girl that was rescued from the house, this was the offspring of Berry who had been raped by Castro and impregnated while she was being held captive. 

Each of the women Castro kidnapped had been acquaintances to his own children. He gave the women (then girls) a ride in his car and lured them into his unassuming home in a working-class Cleveland neighborhood. It was in this home the women were tortured and locked away. The torture they received spanned from sexual assault, being beaten, being starved, and restrained by chains. Knight told police that she had been impregnated by Castro five times and each time he punched and kicked her stomach, forcing a miscarriage. Once Berry carried her baby to full term, Knight was ordered by Castro to deliver the baby and if she refused he would kill her. The women only visited outside twice in all of their years of captivity disguised in wigs and sunglasses.

Castro lived a completely double-standard. He continued relations with neighbors, played in bands around town, and was an active Facebook user. But on May 6, 2013, once Castro left the house, Knight stood at the front door and screamed for help. Fortunately, neighbors heard her screams, kicked in the door, and called the police. The women were rescued and Castro was arrested that same night. In order to avoid the death penalty, Castro plead guilty to more than 900 charges against him including, rape, aggravated murder, and kidnapping. He was sentenced to life in prison on August 1, 2013, without any possibility for parole and added 1,000 years. One month later Castro committed suicide by hanging himself in his jail cell. And I’m sure the women will agree with this final sentiment, good riddance. 

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