Three Ohio women found alive after being missing for a decade

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There is a documentary out there of about a girl that was raised in a cellar and locked to a chair for most of her life by her dad. Even though she was freed eventually she could not function normally after because they had deprived her of pretty much all human contact other than sexual abuse. Its pretty horrifying...

I hope these scumbags drop the soap while in prison.
 

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Bass player :hmm:

However, the band posted a note on Facebook saying that while Castro has been a local bass guitar player for many years, he was never a member of the band.

"For some reason we don't understand, he decided to list our band as an employer on his Facebook page," the posting says. "To set the record straight, he is not a member of Grupo Fuego, and in our 14 year span as a band, he performed as a sub twice in the year 2008, once in August, and once in November of that year."
 

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It's not over for them. I hope they get the therapy and any other kind of treatment necessary. That's ten years of wounds that will probably never heal. Very sad situation. :( But amazing they're alive!
 

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It's hard to fathom that monsters like that actually exist. I mean, it takes a special kind of freak to have such a developed hidden life.

Remember that German guy from a few years back that had an underground lair, where he kept his adult daughter, who he had impregnated? Totally sick.
 

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Truly outstanding detective work on this one (insert copious amounts of dark purple font). :rolleyes:

I mean, it's not like they weren't just down the street for over a decade or anything. :hmm:
 

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It's hard to fathom that monsters like that actually exist. I mean, it takes a special kind of freak to have such a developed hidden life.

Remember that German guy from a few years back that had an underground lair, where he kept his adult daughter, who he had impregnated? Totally sick.

josef fritzl. that was absolutely chilling. this also reminds me of phillip garrido.
 

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Truly outstanding detective work on this one (insert copious amounts of dark purple font). :rolleyes:

I mean, it's not like they weren't just down the street for over a decade or anything. :hmm:

dude, it's just like the anthony sowell case. cleveland cops are not looking good.
 

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I sorta know the area a little bit, Tommy.

I'm guessing this is a little closer to home for you? I seem to remember that you're a west-sider.
 

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:laugh2: @ the "we eat reeebs together...and listen to salsa music!"

Sorry but I just couldn't help it.

Glad the girls are ok. I've never heard of this case, but it's obviously something that was pretty big in Cleveland. Really want to know who the kidnapper was and how he managed to keep them captive for so long. Seems like he either let his guard down or the girls found a way to gradually create an escape.
 

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I sorta know the area a little bit, Tommy.

I'm guessing this is a little closer to home for you? I seem to remember that you're a west-sider.

yeah, very familiar with this area. i have friends that live really close to there and pass by there to get lunch pretty often.
 

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A former FBI profiler said these girls did what they had to do to stay alive.
.....and they are alive.Never give up.
That guy and his brothers deserve what they earned.....cage them like the animals they are with their own kind.
 

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The kidnappers were musicians from what i heard on the news this morning
 

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Timeline of the Ohio kidnappings: Three women's shared nightmare

By Elizabeth Chuck and Polly DeFrank, NBC News

It's a story with a happy ending over a decade in the making. A daring escape and a dramatic 911 call led to the rescue of three women who allegedly had been held captive for years inside a home in Cleveland, Ohio. Below is a timeline of events in the case, from before the women first disappeared to their eventual freedom.

2000: Police visit the Cleveland home of the three Castro brothers, who years later would be placed into custody for the kidnappings of Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry, and Georgina "Gina" DeJesus. At the time, police were responding to a call about a fight involving Ariel Castro, one of the brothers, then a bus driver.

Aug. 22, 2002: Michelle Knight, then 21 years old, disappears. She is last seen at a cousin's house in Cleveland, according to Cleveland.com. She is reported missing the following day to police, but some family members believe she may have left on her own because she was angry that she had lost custody of her son, according to Cleveland.com. As a result, her disappearance and her photo are not widely publicized.

April 21, 2003: Amanda Berry calls her sister to tell her she's getting a ride home from her job at a fast food restaurant on the day before her 17th birthday. According to authorities, she got into a white, four-door sedan with three men inside. She doesn't make it home and is reported missing, prompting a huge search involving national publicity.

Nov. 15, 2003: The FBI reveals that a week after Berry vanished, her mom received a phone call from her cellphone. A male voice said, "I have Amanda. She’s fine and will be coming home in a couple of days.” Authorities are unable to determine the authenticity of the call.

January 2004: Police make their second visit in four years to the home of the Castro brothers. Ariel Castro, the bus driver, had been accused of leaving a child on a bus; when authorities knocked on the door, no one answered. They later interviewed him and discovered he had "inadvertently" left the child on the school bus, according to The New York Times. Officials determined there was no criminal intent, and he was not charged.

March 6, 2004: The FBI announces that the body of a teenage girl found near San Diego earlier in the week isn't a match for Berry's dental records.

April 2, 2004: Gina DeJesus, then 14, vanishes while walking home from school in Cleveland. Her case bears striking similarities to Berry's: Both girls disappeared within in the same five-block radius, both girls were about 5'1'', and neither had a history of running away from home.

April 9, 2004: Police looking for DeJesus tell the public they are seeking a Hispanic man driving a light-color, older-model, compact car with a license plate that includes the letters "SMS," driving in the area where DeJesus disappeared from.

November 2004: Berry's case is featured on "America's Most Wanted." The same month, psychic Sylvia Browne appeared on Montel Williams' nationally syndicated TV show alongside Berry's mother, and tells her that her daughter is probably dead.

Oct. 24, 2005: DeJesus' parents, Nancy and Felix, make a national plea on the syndicated program "Maury" to ask for help finding their daughter.

March 2, 2006: Berry's mother, Louwana Miller, dies of heart failure at age 43, nearly three years after she started the search for her daughter. “I want her on the news. She’s faded away from the whole world. It just kills me. This is killing me,” Miller had told a Cleveland Plain Dealer reporter who she often asked to write more about her daughter.

Sept. 21, 2006: Police arrest Matthew Hurayt, a 35-year-old registered sex offender, after receiving a tip that DeJesus' body was buried beneath his garage on Cleveland's West Side. A search of his home yields nothing.

July 6, 2007: Another Cleveland girl, Ashley Summers, 14, disappears without a trace from the same neighborhood as Berry and DeJesus. Her disappearance puts Cleveland on edge, and attracts more media attention than ever to the neighborhood and its unsolved crimes -- even though it isn't clear if there is a connection.

April 2009: FBI says it suspects Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Ashley Summers may have all been kidnapped by one man.

Sept. 8, 2009: Police rule out the possibility that a body found in Wisconsin the previous November is Berry's after DNA tests come back negative.

January 2013: A Cleveland inmate, Robert Wolford, is sentenced to four-and-a-half years for providing a false burial tip in Berry's disappearance, sending authorities to a Cleveland lot in the summer of 2012 to dig for her remains.

May 6, 2013: A neighbor hears a noise coming from the door of the Castro home. Stuck inside, Berry is trying to bust through, "kicking the door and screaming," said the neighbor, Charles Ramsey. "‘I’ve been kidnapped and I’ve been in this house a long time and I want to leave right now,’” Berry said, according to Ramsey, who helps kick the locked door down.

Once the door is open, Ramsey gives Berry his phone so she can call 911. She has a child with her. Police arrest the three Castro brothers: Ariel, 52, Pedro, 54, and O'Neil, 50. The three women inside the home, plus the 6-year-old child, are taken to a hospital. Summers is still missing.

May 7, 2013: The three women are released from the hospital Tuesday morning.

In a press conference, police commend Berry for getting herself and the other women out of the house. "The real hero here is Amanda," said Cleveland Deputy Police Chief Ed Tomba.

As of Tuesday afternoon, no charges had been filed yet against the three suspects.

Timeline of the Ohio kidnappings: Three women's shared nightmare - U.S. News
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Shocking news all round, glad it's starting to be over for them.

I hope they make movies and write books and make a sh$t load of money that they can use to spoil themselves for the rest of their lives!
 

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Read this in the paper this morning, this guy comforted the mother of one of the victims and helped in the search for her, played bass at a benefit for her,. worked with one of her family members......... sicko extremo.

Thank God it has a happier ending than most and i wish well to the victims who survived.
 

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Cleveland captives tell investigators of rapes, pregnancies in house, sources say

By Richard Esposito and Erin McClam, NBC News

The three women held in a Cleveland house for a decade have told investigators of rapes, pregnancies and miscarriages during their captivity, police sources told NBC News on Wednesday. The police chief said they had been bound with chains and ropes.

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Police were seeking corroboration of the women’s accounts where possible, the sources said. Police planned to make some details public later in the day, the sources said, including how one of the women managed to break free and scream for help Monday night before a neighbor came to her rescue.

Another woman, Gina DeJesus, gave the first details of her capture, the sources said: She told investigators she was abducted on her way home from school one day in 2004 when a man pulled up in a van and casually said, “You need a ride? I’ll give you a ride home from school.”

Police have said that one woman, Amanda Berry, gave birth to a daughter six years ago in captivity. The women have told investigators that they were kept isolated from each other in locked rooms, the sources said. One source cautioned that it was hard to be sure the women’s memories were completely accurate after such a long time in captivity.

Police were preparing charges against the three brothers they arrested Monday night, Police Chief Michael McGrath told NBC News. He said investigators had confirmed that the women were held with chains and ropes, and allowed only “once in a while” into the backyard.

He said that the women’s physical well-being was “very good, considering the circumstances.”

Cleveland authorities said that a search of the house had revealed no human remains.

Berry, who broke out of the house with the neighbor’s help and frantically called 911, was driven Wednesday with police escorts to a family home in Cleveland, where a cheering crowd greeted her and the front porch was covered in balloons, ribbons, teddy bears and posters with messages of support.

Berry’s sister appeared briefly in front of the house, asked for privacy for the family and said: “We appreciate all you have done for us.”

The three brothers arrested — Ariel, Pedro and Onil Castro — are talking with police, McGrath said, but he declined to give details.

The women, DeJesus, Berry and Michelle Knight, were reported missing in Cleveland between 2002 and 2004. Berry made a break for freedom Monday night, kicking the door and screaming, and a neighbor, Charles Ramsey, helped free her. Berry is now 27, DeJesus 23 and Knight 32.

In her 911 call, Berry pleaded with the dispatcher to send help: “I’m Amanda Berry. I’ve been on the news for the last 10 years.”

McGrath said that the house, a shabby, two-story dwelling on Cleveland’s West Side, had come to the attention of police only twice — in 2000, when Ariel Castro called about a fight on the street, and in 2004, when Castro, a school bus driver, had left behind one of his passengers.

The chief’s account conflicts with that of at least one neighbor, Israel Lugo, who told MSNBC on Tuesday that he called the police in 2011 after his sister spotted a woman with a baby in the home, banging on the window “like she wants to get out.”

McGrath said that his department would have a record of such a call and that there was none. He said that he was “absolutely confident” that his officers did not miss a chance to free the three women.

Ariel Castro, 52, was accused in 2005 of attacking his former wife, The Plain Dealer newspaper reported. Her lawyer at the time said that although the ex-wife had custody of their children, Castro “frequently abducts daughters and keeps them from mother,’’ the newspaper reported.

Khalid Samad, a community organizer, told NBC News that Castro had accompanied him on searches for the missing women.

A cousin of the three men, Maria Castro Montes, told NBC News that the family never had reason to suspect the three brothers, who she said had grown more distant from the family in recent years.

“We are just so sorry for everything that they had to endure,” she said of the three kidnapped women, “and we want them to know that if they ever need anything, we are here for them.”

First lady Michelle Obama told NBC News that the kidnappings were “probably a parent’s worst nightmare.”

“These families are going to have to wrap their arms around these young women and make sure that they get all the help and support they need so that they will go on and lead healthy, normal lives,” she told TODAY. “We’re just grateful that they’re safe.”

Cleveland captives tell investigators of rapes, pregnancies in house, sources say - U.S. News
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since there is no doubt about the guilt of the 3 brothers do we rerally have to waste tax payer money on a trial and incarceration ?

I say strip them naked bend them over and bind their hands to their feet and give the families of the girls baseball bats and have them A$$ raped to death with the base ball bats . Oh and put it on national TV then this kinda stuff might stop .
 

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since there is no doubt about the guilt of the 3 brothers do we rerally have to waste tax payer money on a trial and incarceration ?

:dunno:

A man has been charged with kidnap and rape after three women who were missing for around a decade were found at his home in Ohio.

Ariel Castro, 52, was held after Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, as well as Miss Berry's six-year-old daughter, were freed from the house in Cleveland.

He has been charged with four counts of kidnapping and three of rape. The rape charges do not relate to the child.

Mr Castro's two brothers, Pedro, 54, and Onil, 50, who were also arrested, have not been charged.

"There is nothing that leads us to believe they were involved or had any knowledge of this," deputy city police chief Ed Tomba said. "We found no facts to link them to the crime."
Police outside Ariel Castro's home in Cleveland, Ohio A police officer outside Ariel Castro's home in Cleveland

Miss Berry, Miss DeJesus, and Miss Knight were aged 16, 14 and 20 respectively when they went missing around a decade ago.

Ohio Kidnap: Ariel Castro Charged By Police
 

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