Sentencing began on August 1 for Ariel Castro, who confessed to imprisoning and raping three women inside of his Cleveland, Ohio home. Haunting new details about this horrific kidnapping and abuse case have emerged thanks to brave testimony from Michelle Knight, one of the survivors of Ariel’s horrible kidnapping.
Amanda Berry, Michelle Knight and Gina DeJesus released a joint video on July 9 to thank their supporters and show how far they’ve come in the two months since their dramatic rescue after surviving 10 years in captivity.
Four police officers, who were some of the first on the scene to rescue Michelle Knight, Gina DeJesus and Amanda Berry on May 6, gave heartfelt and emotional testimonies on May 15, describing what they experienced and felt inside the Cleveland, Ohio home of Ariel Castro.
Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus were all allegedly abused by Ariel Castro while they were held in his basement for nearly ten years. But it was Michelle who was his main target.
Before Michelle Knight was kidnapped in Cleveland, Ohio, she gave birth to a son called Joey when she was 21-years-old. Joey is now 13-years-old and living in foster care, and for the ten years Michelle spent trapped in Ariel Castro‘s basement, she kept a notebook of drawings she made for him. Now her brother Freddie Knight said Michelle’s one aim since being released is to get her son back.
Michelle Knight and Gina Dejesus are still suffering the after effects of their decade of repeated physical and emotional abuse allegedly by Ariel Castro. Some of their horrific treatment including being restrained in chains the basement of the house, and being starved for days.
Amanda Berry, Michelle Knight and Gina DeJesus were kept indoors for nearly ten years while being held captive inside Ariel Castro‘s house of horrors. However, little Jocelyn Berry was occasionally taken out in public. Did Ariel favor the 6-year-old over the other victims? Our expert Steven Orenstein says in no way did this alleged monster treat his daughter well.