Have you heard about this incredible case in Cleveland, in the State of Ohio? Have you heard about the three girls who have been kidnapped and hold in captivity for more than ten years?
Michelle Knight was twenty-first when she disappeared on August 23, 2002. She is now 32.
Gina de Jesus was fourteen years old when she disappeared on April 2, 2004. She is now 23. (She was on FBI's list as "missing")
Amanda Berry was sixteen years old when she disappeared on April 21st, 2003. She is now 27 years old. (She was on the FBI's list as "missing")
The three girls had been sexually abused by Ariel Castro, the man who terrified all of Americans, they also have been beaten hardly and some of them had a few pregnancies and lost their baby from punch and torment. They went out only twice during their captivity: in the garage disguised but it always was briefly. They had few moments together but had different rooms and were separated. First, they were in the garage, and then they went on the first floor.
During her captivity, she gave birth in a plastic pool, helped by Michelle Knight, who had been forced to, and if the baby had died, Castro would have killed her. The little girl born on Christmas day, called Jocelyn is now six years old. Amanda's mother, Louwana Miller, who had been hospitalised for months with pancreatitis and other ailments, died in March 2006. Amanda went back to her family after her captivity and called her grand-mother.
Gina de Jesus
Gina de Jesus was also a girl who had been kidnapped by Ariel Castro in the same house as Amanda, and Michelle Knight. She was well welcomed by her family.
After her captivity, she testified and declared that she had five pregnancies but all were interrupted by Ariel Castro. It was called: "Abortion by punching", he starved her for few weeks and gave her punches on a stomach until she had a miscarriage. Michelle had hash captivity. She was shackled by the neck across the rubbish. She was so hardly beaten that she had a facial reconstruction and she lost hearing from one ear.
Michelle didn't have a happy childhood, she was beaten in front of her mother, and she had been raped in high school and was pregnant of a little boy that she called: Joy who was taken from her and was given to a foster care. She went to the police but they didn't believe her. She went back home on Mai 11th but doesn't want to see her family again. Gina's parents want to adopt her. She is like a sister for Gina. Michelle will have a facial surgery.
Ariel Castro (the Captor)
Ariel Castro was a school bus driver in the Cleveland area. He is appreciatively fifty. He was said to be "nice, and funny" by the neighbours. (Appearance is often misleading). Before of being a pervert, he is a huge manipulator. He invites his brothers and when they heard noise, he tells them it was a dog. All of this, without no one could figure out who he really was, and the girl who were in his house. He even participated in the gathered of support to the family of the missing. After DNA test, Castro reveals itself to be the father of the little girl of Amanda: Jocelyn.
He is immediately indict and will not be free before the trial. His two brothers were present at the indict but they were uncharged from this case. His DNA was taken so that they could know if he was involved in another case. His past and locker record is absolutely not clean. He had domestic abuse and was arrested for it in 1993. He was once the subject of police investigation after inadvertently leaving a boy on the school bus when he returned to the bus depot, authorities said at the press conference.
Castro has lived in the house since 1992. The justice has considered the death penalty.
The terror house of Cleveland Case
The police found strings in the house, chains, and padlock. Cleveland police believe the women were tied up in the home and local reports noted there were chains hanging from the ceiling. The police have also found a white cross on the garden. They also reported that there were signs that dirt had recently been moved in the backyard of the house, though police continue to investigate whether or not the dirt will lead to any new evidence in the case.
The saviour: Charles Ramsay
This man, who was eating a burger, heard some scream, and saw a girl who tried to get out from the house. She said "help me; I've been here since a long time". He pulled her out from the house and she said "Called 911, I'm Amanda Berry". He did and the police came. His famous sentence: "I knew something was wrong when a little pretty white girl ran into a black man's arms. Something is wrong here. Dead giveaway."
Marine Blazek & Celine Ferreira
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