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2 Former Cleveland Captives Receive Belated Honor

Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus get their high school diplomas

(Newser) - Ariel Castro robbed them of the chance to graduate from high school as teenagers, but two of his former captives picked up honorary diplomas this week in Cleveland. Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus donned caps and gowns and received them during John Marshall High School's commencement, reports WKYC . Berry... More »

2 of Ariel Castro's Victims Finally Tell Their Story

Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus go public for first time with new memoir

(Newser) - The nightmare of captivity ended for Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight on May 6, 2013, when the women were freed from Ariel Castro's Cleveland home . Berry and DeJesus now describe their ordeal in a 321-page memoir out today. Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland marks the... More »

Castro Purposely Left Door Unlocked: Lawyer

Joked with victims about them writing memoirs

(Newser) - Ariel Castro told Amanda Berry he knew her freedom was coming. Months before the escape a year ago today , Castro began leaving the door unlocked, he told his lawyer. "He intentionally became much more negligent in the house about locking the door and keeping (his victims) inside," Craig... More »

Cruise Line Boots Joan Rivers Over ... a Joke

Quip about Cleveland kidnapping victims still haunts comedienne

(Newser) - Joan Rivers still knows how to offend people, and half way around the world no less. The Norwegian Cruise Line has canceled her July booking with daughter Melissa over an off-color joke the comedy queen made the other day , the New York Post reports. The comedienne quipped that living arrangements... More »

Kidnap Victim Michelle Knight Changes Her Name

Now she's Lillian Rose Lee

(Newser) - Michelle Knight is now Lillian Rose Lee. The Cleveland kidnapping victim says she's changed her name, because "I felt like every brand new start needs new beginnings." The new start also includes living in her own apartment and training to be a chef, she tells Dateline NBC... More »

Joan Rivers Angers Ohio Women Held Captive

They want apology for joke

(Newser) - The women freed almost a year ago after a decade of captivity in a Cleveland home aren't happy about Joan Rivers joking about their ordeal. Lawyers for two of the women say Rivers should apologize for saying, "Those women in the basement in Cleveland had more space" when... More »

Cleveland Hero Scores Book Deal

Charles Ramsey: the media didn't 'even begin to tell the story'

(Newser) - Putting down his Big Mac to help a woman in distress turned Charles Ramsey into a national celebrity. Now he's turned that into a book deal. Ramsay—who famously freed three women from years of captivity in a Cleveland house—is collaborating with a co-author to write about his... More »

Ohio Takes Step Toward Castro Victim Reparations

Bill would provide up to $25K per year of captivity

(Newser) - State financial reparations for Ariel Castro's victims are inching closer to becoming a reality. Under a bill that today moved from a committee to Ohio's full House of Representatives, Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight would receive up to $25,000 for each year they were held... More »

Ariel Castro Kills Himself in Prison Cell

Cleveland kidnapper hanged self with sheet, wasn't on suicide watch

(Newser) - Ariel Castro has been found dead in his prison cell just 35 days into his life-plus-1,000-years sentence for keeping three women captive in his home for a decade. The 53-year-old hanged himself, say officials at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient, Ohio. Prison officials found his body about 9:... More »

Ariel Castro Has to Pay $22K to Raze House

Cleveland home is being torn down tomorrow

(Newser) - The house where Ariel Castro kept his kidnap victims hostage for a decade is getting torn down tomorrow, and Castro himself has to foot the bill, reports NBC News . As part of his plea deal to avoid the death penalty, Castro must pay the bank $22,000 to cover the... More »

Michelle Knight to Castro: 'Your Hell Is Just Beginning'

She testifies at sentencing hearing

(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... More »

Castro, Victim Will Speak at Today's Sentencing

Kidnapped women kept diaries of horrific abuse

(Newser) - Ariel Castro's sentencing is today and the hearing is expected to feature horrific details of the abuse the three women he kidnapped suffered over a decade, as well as testimony from at least one victim and Castro himself, CNN reports. Prosecutors have revealed that the women kept diaries documenting... More »

Judge Orders Ariel Castro: Keep Your Eyes Open

He pleads not guilty, gets admonished about looking down

(Newser) - Ariel Castro insists he's an innocent man, despite the 977 charges filed against him in the Cleveland kidnapping case . He pleaded not guilty to all of them in court today, reports Reuters . Maybe the most interesting part of the arraignment was the judge ordering Castro to keep his head... More »

Don't Feel Too Soothed by Kidnap Victims' Video

Meghan Daum: Happy messages can't wash away how their community failed them

(Newser) - Chances are you've come across the video from the Cleveland kidnap victims this week in which the three women vow not to be defined by that horror. Good for them, because "these women deserve the happiest endings they can possibly find," writes Meghan Daum in the Los ... More »

Ariel Castro Pleads Not Guilty

Faces more than 300 counts, including murder, rape, kidnapping

(Newser) - Ariel Castro pleaded not guilty to more than 300 counts this morning, a raft of charges that included two counts of aggravated murder, 139 counts of rape, and 177 counts of kidnapping. The murder charges are tied to his termination of one of the women's pregnancies. Castro was silent... More »

Cleveland Captives See Outpouring of Financial Help

Trust fund to be split evenly among four victims

(Newser) - A month after three women and a young girl were found captive in a Cleveland home , Reuters checks in on the victims' situation, or at least their financial state. The Cleveland Courage Fund, a tax-free trust set up in their name, has been flooded with donations and now totals $825,... More »

Cleveland Kidnap Victims' Choice: Do They Want the Dogs?

Three women deciding whether to keep Ariel Castro's pets

(Newser) - As they continue their recuperation, the three Cleveland kidnap victims have an unusual choice to make, reports ABC News . Do they want Ariel Castro's three dogs? The chihuahua and two terrier-poodle mixes are in a foster home for the time being until the women decide. "I think it'... More »

Sources: 2 Cleveland Victims Have Injuries 'Like POWs'

More details of women's horrific ordeal emerge

(Newser) - Two of the women held in captivity for a decade at the home of Ariel Castro suffered severe malnourishment and have injuries from which it will take them a long time to recover, sources close to the investigation tell Reuters . Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight appear to have been treated... More »

Ariel Castro No 'Monster': Lawyers

He'll plead not guilty in Cleveland kidnapping case

(Newser) - He stands accused of holding three women captive for a decade —two of whom apparently have POW-like injuries —yet Ariel Castro's attorneys insist he's not a bad guy. "The initial portrayal by the media has been one of a 'monster' and that's not... More »

Cleveland Shields Castro's Home From Vigilantes

Ariel Castro's house needed for evidence at trial

(Newser) - The dilapidated house where three women were held for nearly a decade may seem like an odd structure to protect, but that's exactly what the city of Cleveland is doing. A 10-foot privacy fence is going up around Ariel Castro's home, reports the AP , in a bid to... More »

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