Michelle Knight has confessed that she does not regret getting into Ariel Castro’s car on August 22, 2002 — or anything that happened after that. Even though Ariel kept her tied up ‘like a fish,’ and proceeded to rape and beat her multiple times a day, Michelle claims the horrifying experience made her stronger in the end.
Michelle Knight, now 33, spent over ten years being held captive in Ariel Castro‘s Cleveland, Ohio home. Now, in her first memoir “Finding Me,” the survivor confesses that she does not regret any of it.
Michelle Knight Does Not Regret Being Ariel Castro’s Victim
New excerpts from Michelle’s first-ever memoir “Finding Me” reveal gruesome new details about her ten years being held captive by Ariel Castro, a monster in disguise.
One quote from the memoir stood out over the rest, because of it’s shocking nature: Michelle does not regret getting into Ariel’s car the day he abducted her.
“I don’t regret getting in the car. I don’t regret anything because it made me a strong woman,” Michelle states.
Even though Michelle survived ten years of being raped and brutally beaten by Ariel, she knows she wouldn’t be who she is today if it had never happened.
Ariel abducted Michelle after overhearing her ask for directions on August 22, 2008 in a local Family Dollar store. Michelle was on her way to attend a hearing in regards to getting custody of her son back, but could not find her way. This is one of the many reasons she gratefully accepted a ride from Ariel when he offered to take her to her hearing.
Sadly, she never made it, and her son, Joey, was later adopted by his foster parents.
Michelle Claims There Is ‘No Rift’ Between Her & Her Fellow Captives
Though Michelle was the first of Ariel’s three kidnapping victims, she was not the last.
In April 2003 Ariel introduced Michelle to his second victim, Amanda Berry. One year later, Gina DeJesus joined Michelle and Amanda in captivity.
However, the three survivors are no longer in touch, and Michelle told People magazine they went their own separate ways so that they could heal properly on their own.
“I love them and they love me. Hopefully, one day, after they’re done healing and they’re able to cope with what went on, we’ll all get back together again,” Michelle explained.
Right now, Michelle is focusing on herself — and her newfound freedom.
“Everything is beautiful to me now,” Michelle shared. “I’m free to fly.”
— Lauren Cox