The secrets hidden within the home of Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro were revealed on May 6, 2013, when a neighbor kicked open a locked screen door and rescued Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry, and Gina DeJesus from their decade-long imprisonment. Knight, then 21, disappeared on August 23, 2002, after following Castro to his home for a free puppy; 16-year-old Berry vanished on April 21, 2003, while on her way home from her job at Burger King; and DeJesus, 14, was last heard from on April 2, 2004, saying she was on her way to a friend's house. All three were kidnapped by Castro and endured deplorable conditions at his home. The Ariel Castro kidnappings made national headlines, particularly because all three women were found alive after nearly all hope had been lost.
Castro eventually killed himself in prison in September of 2013, after pleading guilty to 937 charges, including kidnapping, rape, and murder. He had been sentenced to life plus 1,000 years in prison.
Castro Impregnated Amanda Berry And Threatened To Kill Michelle Knight If The Baby Died
The Women Were Kept In A Locked Bedroom And Fed Only Once A Day
Michelle Knight Was Physically Tortured By Castro On A Daily Basis
The Victims Were Played Against Each Other
Gina DeJesus Was Friends With Castro's Young Daughter
No One Was Looking For Michelle Knight