Cleveland Kidnapping

4:53am

Wed September 4, 2013
The Two-Way

Social Media Erupt On News Of Ariel Castro's Death

Originally published on Wed September 4, 2013 9:46 am

It took neighbors' help for Amanda Berry to escape through the bolted storm door of the Cleveland home where authorities say she and two other women were held captive for nearly a decade. After she emerged, the women and Berry's daughter were rescued. Later, the home was destroyed.
David Maxwell EPA/LANDOV

11:19pm

Tue September 3, 2013
The Two-Way

Ariel Castro, Ohio Man Who Held Women For Years, Is Dead

Originally published on Wed September 4, 2013 11:41 am

Ariel Castro in court on July 17.
Marvin Fong The Plain Dealer/Landov

Corrections officials in Ohio say convicted Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro is believed to have committed suicide in his cell Tuesday night.

They say he was found hanged around 9:20 p.m. EDT at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient, Ohio, a short distance southwest of Columbus.

Castro was serving a life sentence for holding three women captive in his Cleveland home for about a decade.

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3:02pm

Wed August 7, 2013
The Two-Way

'Monument To Hell' Is No More: Cleveland Rapist's House Is Torn Down

The house of Ariel Castro, which was found to have served as a prison for three women for years, was reduced to rubble Wednesday.
Brian Bull WCPN

The house of kidnapper and rapist Ariel Castro, the man who was sentenced to life in prison plus 1,000 years last week, has been razed. Michelle Knight, one of the three women for whom the house became a prison for nearly a decade, was on hand for the demolition Wednesday.

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2:11am

Wed August 7, 2013
The Two-Way

Cleveland House Of Horrors Comes Down

Originally published on Wed August 7, 2013 7:59 am

A general view of the exterior of the house, where three women who had disappeared as teenagers approximately 10 years ago, were found alive on May 6 in Cleveland, Ohio.
Bill Pugliano Getty Images

Ariel Castro's house in Cleveland where three women were held captive and raped for about a decade will be demolished this morning.

Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were freed on May 6.

Brian Bull of member station WCPN reports that electricity at 2207 Seymour Ave. was turned off after family members and friends picked up personal items on Monday.

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10:34am

Thu August 1, 2013
The Two-Way

Cleveland Kidnapper Sentenced To Life Plus 1,000 Years

Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 12:58 pm

Ariel Castro appears in court during the sentencing phase on Thursday in Cleveland. Castro pleaded guilty last week to 937 counts, including kidnapping, rape and aggravated murder.
Tony Dejak AP

This post was updated at 1:40 p.m. ET

Michelle Knight, who was raped and tortured during more than a decade of captivity, faced her abuser, Ariel Castro, in court on Thursday, assuring him that while her hell was over, his had just begun.

"I spent 11 years in hell; now your hell is just beginning," she said, addressing Castro, who admitted to abducting Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, and subjecting them to years of sexual and emotional abuse in his Cleveland home.

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