Dec 10, 2013
Horrific Details Emerge in Cleveland Kidnapping Case
Posted on May 8, 2013
The three women who were kidnapped and held captive in a Cleveland home for a decade were raped, beaten mercilessly while pregnant, kept in ropes and chains and forced to crawl around on their hands and knees naked in the backyard by their captors, according to reports.
Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus—who had been separately reported as missing—were discovered alive Monday. Police have arrested three brothers in the case, Ariel Castro—who owned the home—Pedro Castro and Onil Castro. Formal charges are expected to be filed against them soon.
Cleveland Police Chief Michael McGrath described some of the gruesome conditions the three victims were forced to face during an appearance on NBC’s “Today” show on Wednesday morning.
“We have confirmation that they were bound and there was chains and ropes in the home,” McGrath said. He added that they were very rarely permitted outside. McGrath offered few other details, although he said authorities would know more once the interviews with the women were completed.
WKYC, the NBC affiliate in Cleveland, has also reported that the women were raped and may have been pregnant as many as five times. While with child, WKYC reported, the women were subjected to horrific beatings, and one of the women may have had three miscarriages. The only child known to have survived is a 6-year-old who Berry has said is her daughter.
Neighbors also reported calling police on numerous occasions, including after witnessing naked women on dog leashes being forced to crawl around the backyard of the home, but evidently police did not take action.
Charles Ramsey, a neighbor of Ariel Castro’s who has lived in the area for about a year, is credited with helping to rescue the women and has been hailed as a hero. He describes how he helped free the women below:
—Posted by Tracy Bloom.
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