One year after being rescued from over a decade of captivity, Michelle Knight has revealed that her 14-year-old son’s adoptive parents will never tell him the truth about her identity. In a new interview with the ‘Today Show,’ the kidnapping victim is opening up about losing her son while she was held captive by Ariel Castro for 11 years.
Michelle Knight, 33, is revealing new details about her losing her son, Joey, 14, while she was held captive by Ariel Castro, 53, who raped and beat her repeatedly for 11 years.
Michelle Knight’s Son Will Never Know Who She Is
It has been one year since Amanda Berry managed to escape the home Ariel kept her captive in for ten years, which ultimately led to the rescue of two other victims: Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight.
Now that a year has passed, Michelle is preparing to reveal her heartbreaking story with the world in her memoir, “Finding Me.” The book details the torture she endured, her rescue, and how her second chance at life has left her “free to fly.”
However, there is one thing Michelle will never get back: her son.
While she was “tied up like a fish” inside Ariel’s Cleveland, Ohio home for 11 years, Michelle’s family gave her son up for adoption. He was three years old at the time she was abducted, and even though his new family provides her with photographs and updates about his life, they refuse to tell him the truth about his mother’s identity.
“I’m glad they have him, and he’s doing really well, and I’m very proud of him for all of the accomplishments that he has achieved,” Michelle told the Today Show on May 5.
Of course she does hope that one day, when he’s old enough to understand what happened to her, she will be reunited with her son.
“I don’t take things for granted anymore, not even the little things like looking out a window,” Michelle explained. “I went through years of torture, and now I’m back. I’m free to fly.”
The Kidnapping Victims Are Estranged From Each Other
The book also details the close bond Michelle shares with Amanda and Gina, despite the fact that they have all gone their separate ways.
Michelle shared that they needed to move on from each other so that they could each heal properly.
“I love them and they love me. Hopefully we’ll all get back together again,” Michelle told People.
In Sept. 2013, Ariel, who was responsible for kidnapping Michelle, Amanda, and Gina off the street between 2002 and 2004, committed suicide by hanging himself inside his prison cell.
— Lauren Cox