Cleveland Kidnapping Victim Going on Dr. Phil Show

Michelle Knight interview airs this week
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 2, 2013 11:12 AM CDT
Michelle Knight listens as Ariel Castro speaks during the sentencing phase of his trial on Aug. 1.   (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

(Newser) – One of three women who escaped from a ramshackle Cleveland home after more than a decade in captivity is about to share her story. Michelle Knight will appear on the Dr. Phil show Tuesday and Wednesday in a taped interview. She was kidnapped in 2002. The show says Knight "describes the horrible conditions in the house" and reveals her physical, mental, and sexual abuse.

Among other things, she talks about being "tied up like a fish" and spending weeks chained and tortured in the basement. Knight, Amanda Berry, and Gina DeJesus escaped May 6 when Berry pushed out a door and yelled for help. Their kidnapper, Ariel Castro, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison. He hanged himself Sept. 3, just weeks into his sentence. (Read more Cleveland Kidnapping stories.)

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