Thursday, August 8, 2013

Three Kidnapped Cleveland Women Say Thank You, Testify

Posted July 9, 2013 7:23 AM ET; Last updated August 8, 2013 3:00 AM ET

'I spent eleven years in hell': Kidnap victim Michelle Knight testifies against fiend Ariel Castro
New York Post
Last Updated: 2:38 PM, August 1, 2013
Posted: 9:56 AM, August 1, 2013

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INSIDE CASTRO'S HORROR HOUSE: First pictures of the chains and pole kidnapper used to enslave his victims as he is sentenced 1,000 YEARS
Ariel Castro sentenced to 1,000 years in prison today in Cleveland
Graphic, disturbing pictures shown in court of torture and rape paraphernalia used
Court heard Castro would make the girls hold a gun to his head and dare them to shoot him
Victim Michelle Knight made an emotional speech to the court and dramatically came face-face with Castro
Revealed that Castro wrote in a letter to police, 'Bottom line, I am a sexual predator'
Officer Barbara Johnson testified the girls were very thin, pale and very scared when rescued
Michelle Knight launched herself at an officer and said, 'You saved us, you saved us!'
Michelle Knight was emaciated and covered in bruises
Detective Harasimchuk also told the court all three girls were vaginally, orally and anally raped throughout their time in captivity
Daily Mail (UK)
PUBLISHED: 08:34 EST, 1 August 2013 | UPDATED: 18:10 EST, 1 August 2013

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'THANK YOU': Cleveland kidnap victims (from left): Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight.

'Been through hell and back': Cleveland women held captive as sex slaves speak out, thank world for support
New York Post
Last Updated: 6:38 AM, July 9, 2013
Posted: 1:29 AM, July 9, 2013

Published on Jul 8, 2013
Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight would like to say thank you to people from Cleveland and across the world who have offered support to them. They are extremely grateful for the tremendous outpouring of kindness they have received and wished to put voices and faces to their heartfelt messages with this video.

The women still maintain a strong desire for privacy and ask that everyone continue to respect their wishes in that regard going forward. Thank you.


:00 - :33 Amanda Berry (Survivor)
:43 - :47 Gina DeJesus (Survivor)
:49 - 1:08 Felix DeJesus (Gina's Father)
1:09 -- 1:43 Nancy Ruiz (Gina's Mother)
1:48 -- 3:30 Michelle Knight (Survivor)

The video was filmed on July 2, 2013 at the law offices of Jones Day in Cleveland, Ohio. Visible in the background of the video is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. The male off-camera voice heard in the video is that of Howard Fencl (pronounced FEHN-sill), vice president of Hennes Paynter Communications. The attorneys, public relations firm, social media strategist and videographer involved in the production of this video are all working pro bono on behalf of the three women.

For information about the Cleveland Courage Fund, established to help survivors Michelle Knight, Gina DeJesus, Amanda Berry and Amanda's daughter, please visit

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