One of the Missing Women Knew Her Captor: Family

More details on their years in captivity

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted May 7, 2013 11:30 AM CDT | Updated May 7, 2013 1:24 PM CDT

(Newser) – Horrifying details are emerging in the case of three women found after vanishing a decade ago in Cleveland: Family members of Gina DeJesus say she actually knew suspect Ariel Castro; he was related to her best friend (he is possibly the friend's father; in another twist, his son once wrote an article about DeJesus, and an uncle confirms the two families knew each other). Castro had, perversely, attended at least two vigils held for the missing girls. More new details:

  • One of the women reportedly told police she'd had multiple pregnancies, but was beaten by her captor and lost the babies. (Police say a 6-year-old girl who was also rescued from the home is believed to be Amanda Berry's daughter.) Police sources confirm that, telling WKYC the captors raped the women, who were impregnated as many as five times, but that the women were beaten and the babies did not survive. Investigators are looking at "disturbed" dirt in the backyard of the home where the women were held, but it's not clear whether that's related.

  • Multiple sources tell 19 Action News one of the rooms where the women were kept had chains hanging from the ceiling. They say two of the women were held in the basement and one upstairs. Police confirm to NewsChannel5 that chains and bondage were discovered in the home.
  • Radar spoke to one of the neighbors who helped Berry. Angel Cordero says Berry told him, "He's had us locked up for 10 years. He locked us in the basement with chains." Authorities previously said the women were likely tied up. Cordero says after he broke down the front door, "I could see a chain."

Amanda Berry, right, hugs her sister Beth Serrano after being reunited in a Cleveland hospital Monday May 6, 2013.   (AP Photo/Family Handout courtesy WOIO-TV)
This image provided by the FBI shows an undated photo of Amanda Berry.   (AP Photo/FBI)
This image provided by the FBI shows an undated photo of Georgina "Gina" DeJesus.   (AP Photo/FBI)
In this Friday, March 3, 2004 file photo, Felix DeJesus holds a banner showing his daughter's photograph in his living room in Cleveland.   (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
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