Michelle Knight to Castro: 'Your Hell Is Just Beginning'
She testifies at sentencing hearing
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 1, 2013 11:56 AM CDT
Michelle Knight speaks during the sentencing phase for Ariel Castro Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, in Cleveland.   (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

(Newser) – Michelle Knight offered heartbreaking testimony today at Ariel Castro's sentencing hearing, describing how much she missed her son during her 11-year ordeal. "I cried every night. I was so alone. I worried what would happen to me and the other girls every day," she said, according to CNN. "You took 11 years of my life away. ... I spent 11 years in hell. Now, your hell is just beginning." Surprisingly, she also said she "can forgive" Castro, though she "will never forget." But, she said, "I will live on" and "overcome what happened."

She referred to fellow captive Gina DeJesus as her "teammate" and said DeJesus saved her when she was "dying from his abuse." DeJesus' cousin and spokesperson also testified, saying "only a higher power" can judge Castro. And Beth Serrano, sister of third victim Amanda Berry, explained that Berry didn't want to testify because she wants to protect her young daughter from hearing details about the case. Click for more testimony from the hearing.

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Aug 2, 2013 6:17 AM CDT
Castro claims he's not a monster, but holy crap is this woman ugly. He has absolutely no taste. No wonder he was addicted to porn, he needed to watch it while raping this ugly woman. There you go internet, good luck finding a more disgusting, "I don't give a crap" comment on the internet. It should only take you a few seconds if you know where to look. You can kick and scream all you want, but I won't be looking at your replies, so enjoy wasting your time getting upset, that was my goal. You really should try giving less of a crap about this kind of nonsense. Most of you are nothing more than self involved idiots who get off watching this court-room porn while the country burns around you. Try to look away from your iPhones long enough to hear the screams of the people killing themselves because of the terrible working conditions where they built your little technological brainwashing device. You'd be more than willing to screw over and possibly murder the person next to you, just to make that dollar, all in the name of capitalism. So please, don't pretend for a second that you are better than Ariel Castro. Your imaginary friend Jesus would be ashamed of you. I weep for the future, and pray for a giant asteroid to come and escort us all to oblivion.
Aug 1, 2013 9:02 PM CDT
When will the Wall Street bankers sit in the orange jumpsuits while we read testimony?
Aug 1, 2013 1:03 PM CDT
How many more "sicko's" are out there? Law enforcement should start by investigating "Bondage" Porn Mags A guy I know said he'd seen 2 girls in a "Bondage" mag who he was sure were the same 2 teenagers who had disappeared from a shopping mall earlier in the year- Don't know IF he reported it OR if anything was done as he's passed away since