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Saw this on the news when I got home from work.  Nice to know with all the terrible stories the news has had to cover for the past few weeks that something positive is reported.  I can only imagine what those girls went through and what they are going to go through for probably the rest of their lives.  At least they have a chance at a somewhat normal life now.

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Mindblowing to imagine.  10 years.  Just think where you were 10 years ago, they've been kidnapped that long.

 

It's a wonderful thing that they escaped, but just makes me so sad to think about the hundreds, possibly thousands of similar situations out there in the world that remain unresolved.  It's too hard to think about.

 

 

But on the flipside, just one life saved means a world of difference, and here we have four saved.  Wonderful news.

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Such a sickening story...glad to see it has had a happy ending, or at least as happy an ending as we could hope for. These poor women's lives have been destroyed, the road to recovery will be long and difficult who knows if they'll ever be able to lead a truely normal life again.....

 

....heartbreaking

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Unbelieveable that they all look in such good shape after being Kidnapped after 10 years.

And now my parents are warning my sister not to go out till some people in the street are out..

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This is similar to the Josef Fritzl case where Josef Fritzl held his daughter and her children in captivity for a long period of time. Such a sickening situation in both cases.

Regardless, it's great that these girls managed to escape and are free now. It's going to take significant psychological (and possibly physical) help for them to become acclimated to the "outside world" again, but I'm sure they'll have plenty of support from their families.

To be trapped in one place for so long is just horrifying to think about.

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A death sentence is never right, even if they're scum.

 

Anyway, this sounds a lot like the Fritzl case from a couple of years back which was awfully disturbing too. It's amazing those poor women (and child) managed to escape after all those years...I'm actually surprised they were rather healthy after being stuck in a house for so long too, unlike the girl and children in the Fritzl case. But yeah, it's a relief they made it out alive and well and I hope them getting used to the outside world again is not too much of a struggle, especially for the child.  

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My god, those poor people sad.png

 

What they went though sounds horrific and inhumane and I cant believe a human being would do this to three innocent women for almost a decade; just shows how dark humans can be :(.  The most messed up thing about this whole situation was that this could have been taken care off years ago; the sutile hints the nabors near this house in the recent few years were clear give aways that something bad was going on.  I'm really happy that these strong women and there son escaped that nightmare and are finally living there lives again :)

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That is bloody remarkable. It's good to see the 72 hour rule does not always hold true...

Good these beasts will now spend the rest of their lives locked up. That's karmic justice.

I'd be pissed at the police if I was a resident too; that first occasion was written off as a joke and these women suffered because of it. I wonder if there'd be a way to find the operator who dismissed the call... somebody needs to be held accountable here.

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I'm very glad this miracle happened and they are now safe. And now those losers are going to be locked up for the rest of thier lives, which I think is a good punishment. This is why I never give up hope, if this was to happen to someone dear to me I wouldn't give up on them despite how long it takes.

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I'm very glad this miracle happened and they are now safe. And now those losers are going to be locked up for the rest of thier lives, which I think is a good punishment. This is why I never give up hope, if this was to happen to someone dear to me I wouldn't give up on them despite how long it takes.

The sad news is we can't really fault the police for giving up after three days; most people who vanish will have indeed been killed by that time.

At least this shows there's always still that slight chance, however low, of survival.

There have been kidnappers with some twisted sense of ethics who release people after they do whatever (usually rape) to them... but they are sadly not the norm. Most view a person who stays alive as a liability and so... sad.png

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Now that those guys are in prison for life (thank God) I wonder if any new details have ernerged about what exactly happened in those 10 years? I remember during the Fritzl case there was lots of info on what exactly happened but nothing here. I'm just curious...

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Now that those guys are in prison for life (thank God) I wonder if any new details have ernerged about what exactly happened in those 10 years? I remember during the Fritzl case there was lots of info on what exactly happened but nothing here. I'm just curious...

I am really curious to hear about what happened exactly as well. I'm guessing sexual exploitation... but wouldn't be surprised if torture or the like also happened.

The sad thing is that after seeing live footage of the death camps' events, almost nothing surprises me anymore about the sickening things human beings can do to one another.

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UPDATE: Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro found hanging in cell:
 

Ariel Castro, who kept women captive at his home in Cleveland, Ohio, has died after being found hanging in his cell.

Prison officials said he died in hospital late on Tuesday, after prison medical staff failed to revive him.

Castro, 53, held three women against their will for about a decade until May this year. He kept his victims chained up and raped them.

He was sentenced on 1 August to life imprisonment without parole plus 1,000 years. The house was demolished.

The former school bus driver abducted Michelle Knight, 32, Amanda Berry, 27, and Gina DeJesus, 23, from the Cleveland streets between 2002-04.

A spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, JoEllen Smith, said: "He was housed in protective custody which means he was in a cell by himself and rounds are required every 30 minutes at staggered intervals.

"Upon finding inmate Castro, prison medical staff began performing life saving measures. Shortly after he was transported to [the prison medical facility] where he was pronounced dead at 10:52 pm."

"A thorough review of this incident is under way," she added.

Castro was placed in protective custody because of the notoriety of his case, but was not on suicide watch.

Gina DeJesus was 14 years old when she disappeared. Amanda Berry was 16, and Michelle Knight, 21. Castro also fathered a child with Amanda Berry, who was rescued after she escaped from the house and contacted police.

Castro was arrested the same day. He was charged with multiple counts of kidnapping, rape and aggravated murder.

At his sentencing, Castro told the court that he had been "driven by sex", adding: "I'm not a violent predator… I'm not a monster, I'm a normal person.

"I'm just sick. I have an addiction, just like an alcoholic has an addiction."

He said he never planned to abduct the women, but acted on the spur of the moment when he kidnapped his first victim. He said that he was "truly sorry" for what he had done.

But passing sentence, Judge Michael Russo told Castro there was no place in the world for people who enslave others.

Castro pleaded guilty to 937 charges related to the ordeal of his victims, including numerous rapes.

A deal with prosecutors spared him a possible death penalty for murder.

In a victim impact statement made to the sentencing court, Ms Knight told how their captor went to church every Sunday, before coming home to "torture" the women.

"I spent 11 years in hell. Now your hell is just beginning," she said. "You will face hell for eternity.

"From this moment on, I will not let you define me, or affect who I am. I will live on, you will die a little every day."

She was the only victim to speak in person at the hearing.

The judge banned Castro from ever seeing the daughter, now six years old.

In an interview last month after his conviction, Castro's lawyers said that he fitted the profile of someone with a sociopathic disorder. They expressed hope that researchers would study him for clues that could be used to stop other predators.

The three women escaped from Castro's home on 6 May, when Amanda Berry broke part of a door and yelled to neighbours for help.

The two other women were so frightened that at first they were reluctant to leave the house despite the presence of a large number of police officers.

"You saved us! You saved us!'' Michelle Knight, told an officer as she ran into his arms.


Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/23955379

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