Today Show: Cleveland Kidnapping Case
After missing for 10 plus years, Amanda Marie Berry, Georgina Lynn DeJesus and Michelle Knight finally escaped capture from a home owned by Ariel Castro, a local bus driver and musician and his two brothers. On Monday night, Berry, who gave birth six years ago while in captivity, was seen by Ariel’s neighbor, Charles Ramsey, kicking on the door and screaming to be let out of the house. Immediately calling the police, they were soon on the scene with the three brothers in custody.
Today, FBI agents have been taking belongings out of the house, including a truck and the door police had to break down to get the women out of the house. The three girls are in a private place getting reacquainted with their families.
Cleveland Kidnapping Victims – Amanda Berry
Chief Michael McGrath, the Cleveland Police Chief, was interviewed on the scene where the girls finally escaped from. Though he could confirm that there were chains and ropes found on the scene that they are certain were used to bound the women with, they can’t say if they were always bound or not. Despite the captivity, the physical well-being of the girls was very good, considering the circumstances, said McGrath.
There were also some reports circulating that there were calls made to the Cleveland Police over the years about women pounding on the windows of the house holding children, or women in the backyard on a leash being watched by one of the house’s residents. However, McGrath was adamant in saying that there were no records of these calls on file. There have only been two calls to come in about the residents of the house over the last 10 years, one concerning a child left on a bus and one from the house itself about a fight in the street.
Reports of multiple pregnancies during captivity, whether or not the suspects have confessed, the conditions of the house where the women were confined and whether all three brothers would be charged or just one, could not be confirmed at this time.