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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 »

Ariel Castro's Neighbor Gets Life for Raping Daughters

And for murdering 2 women

(Newser) - It seems justice has finally been served on Cleveland's most horrific block. Ariel Castro 's neighbor, Elias Acevedo Sr., has been sentenced to 445 years in prison without parole as part of a plea deal. As reported in October , the discovery of Castro's captives ultimately led police... More »

Ariel Castro Did Commit Suicide: New Report

Prison consultants reject notion that he died of autoerotic asphyxiation

(Newser) - Two corrections consultants have concluded that Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro committed suicide in his prison cell and didn't die by accidentally killing himself while attempting to achieve a sexual thrill. The nationally regarded consultants rejected a suggestion in a state prisons report in October that Castro's Sept. 3... More »

21 Set Selves Ablaze in Cleveland—for Charity

Participants in fundraiser wore protective gear

(Newser) - On Saturday night, some 1,500 people gathered near Cleveland's Cuyahoga River to watch nearly two dozen locals literally set on fire. In a charity event backed by Cleveland printing company Hotcards, 21 people, including mayoral candidate Ken Lanci, a local radio host, and Hotcards' owner, wore gear to... 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 »

Cleveland Suspends 63 Cops Over Massive, Deadly Chase

13 may be charged over death of unarmed suspects

(Newser) - Cleveland has suspended a sizable chunk of its police department over a car chase last year that left two unarmed suspects riddled with bullets after a pursuit involving 63 cars. The city's chief of police says 63 of the 104 officers involved will be suspended for up to 10... More »

Ariel Castro's House Demolished

Victim Michelle Knight hands out balloons before demolition

(Newser) - At Ariel Castro's expense , the house where he held his kidnap victims for more than 10 years was reduced to rubble today, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Onlookers and media, assembled before dawn, saw kidnap victim Michelle Knight distribute balloons to neighbors before the demolition. The balloons were released,... More »

Cleveland IDs All 3 Murder Victims; 'Nowhere Near Done'

Women ranged in age from 18 to 38

(Newser) - The names of all three women recently found dead in Cleveland have now emerged. Angela Deskins, 38, had been missing since June 7 . Shetisha Sheeley, 28, was described by a minister as "lighthearted but a loner." Sheeley didn't live in East Cleveland, said her mother, who was... More »

Sex Offender Confesses to 1 Cleveland Murder: Cops

And 1 of the 3 victims is identified

(Newser) - Police tell WKYC that Michael Madison, the registered sex offender suspected in the murders of three women in Cleveland, has confessed to one of the killings. He was charged with three counts of aggravated murder today, CBS News reports, and his bail has been set at $6 million. Meanwhile, one... More »

Foul Odor Led Cleveland Cops to Bodies

Michael Madison named as suspect, as police call off search

(Newser) - Police responding to a report of a foul odor ultimately discovered three women's bodies in East Cleveland—one in a garage, another in a backyard, and the last in an empty home's basement, say police. But after a weekend spent hunting for more—and searching 40 abandoned homes... More »

3 Bodies Found in Ohio as Cops Search for More

Sex offender in custody indicated influence of serial killer Sowell

(Newser) - Ohio cops have recovered the bodies of three women—found wrapped in the fetal position in garbage bags within a few hundred yards of each other in East Cleveland—and today they're expanding the search for more victims. Police have a 35-year-old registered sex offender in custody, though his... 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 Hero Scores Burgers for Life

Charles Ramsey can enjoy free burgers at more than a dozen Ohio restaurants

(Newser) - Charles Ramsey—the neighbor who famously put down his McDonald's to go free the Cleveland kidnap victims —is getting burgers for life, but not from the source you might expect. More than a dozen Ohio eateries have offered up their burgers to Ramsey any time his stomach rumbles,... More »

DNA Confirms: Castro Is Captive Child's Father

Cleveland suspect, Amanda Berry are Jocelyn's parents

(Newser) - DNA tests have confirmed the obvious: Ariel Castro is the father of the girl that captive Amanda Berry had about six years ago, reports the AP . Among the horrific details that have emerged from police is this one: Castro forced Michelle Knight to deliver Berry's baby in a kiddie... More »

Castro Daughter: I Now See There Were Signs

Angie Gregg refuses to see father again

(Newser) - Once, she saw her father as a "friendly, caring, doting" person—but things have changed for Ariel Castro's daughter. Angie Gregg tells CNN her father, the Cleveland kidnapping suspect , is "dead to me," adding that he's "the most evil, vile, demonic criminal" she's... More »

Castro Served Women Cake on Abduction Anniversaries

And reportedly passed them food through holes in door

(Newser) - Neighbors have told the media that Ariel Castro was often spotted carrying bags of McDonald's into the house, ostensibly to feed his captives. Today, more sick details of how he sustained the women are emerging. The New York Post reports that he passed them food through holes in a... More »

Castro Would 'Test,' Punish His Captives

Amanda Berry thought his slip Monday was another trick

(Newser) - One reason it took the women in the Cleveland kidnapping case so long to escape to the world just outside their door? Ariel Castro would "test" them for just such a scenario, reports CNN . According to a law enforcement source, he would pretend to leave the house then return... More »

Ariel Castro Charged; Brothers Are Not

Amanda Berry escaped when he left inside door unlocked

(Newser) - The first charges in the Cleveland kidnapping case have been filed, and Ariel Castro faces four counts of kidnapping (that includes the 6-year-old daughter of Amanda Berry) and three counts of rape, reports the Plain Dealer . Authorities, however, say his brothers Onil and Pedro will not be charged because no... More »

Gina DeJesus Flashes Thumbs Up on Return Home

Of the three, only Michelle Knight remains hospitalized

(Newser) - Two of the three Cleveland captives are home again, with only Michelle Knight still hospitalized. Gina DeJesus returned to her parents' house this afternoon as neighbors cheered and chanted, and while she didn't address the public, DeJesus flashed a thumbs-up sign upon leaving the vehicle. Her parents did speak,... More »

Was There a 4th Woman in Home?

Chilling detail emerges in Cleveland kidnapping case

(Newser) - A chilling possibility in the Cleveland kidnapping case: Fox 8 spoke to law enforcement sources, and one of them says Michelle Knight told police that there was a fourth woman in Ariel Castro's house when she was first taken there, but that the woman vanished one day. Written on... More »

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