If you have not seen the video of these three extraordinary women, I encourage you to watch it. It is at the bottom of this post. It is very emotional, but so very wonderful to see them and their efforts to build brand new lives and move on from the horror they endured. I don’t think I could be as strong as they are.
Yes, Ariel Castro pled not guilty. Please remember, he is not saying he is innocent. It is basically normal procedure. Very few people pled guilty right away (I can’t recall any who have). Their lawyers would not permit it generally. So don’t stress or obsess over it. I read that he is willing to pled guilty to several charges now. However, that was before the new indictment, but I am betting he is still willing, but they are probably looking for a deal. I don’t think he will get a good one. He will and should spend the rest of his life in prison. The prosecutor is still mulling over charges that would permit the death penalty. I have a feeling he will go by what the girls want, since I don’t think he wants to put them through anymore hell, unless they want to testify. Many victims DO want to testify. It gives them more courage to face the person who put them through hell in the first place.
News Archive: Seymour Avenue Horror
Ariel Castro Trial Scheduled For Aug. 4
Ohio Man’s Ex-Relatives Say He Is A ‘Monster’
Ariel Castro To Face 329 Counts In Missing Women Case
Ariel Castro Pleads Not Guilty to Imprisoning Three Women for a Decade
Cleveland Kidnapping Suspect Competent For Trial
Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight still deserve privacy: Regina Brett (EXCELLENT article about the girls video)
Cleveland kidnapping suspect Ariel Castro faces 977 counts including aggravated murder
Ariel Castro Update: Cleveland kidnapping suspect faces 977 new charges
Hundreds of new charges filed in Ohio kidnap case
Cuyahoga County Indictment (very long and hard to read emotionally)
Wikipedia: Kidnappings of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight
Filed under: crime, high profile, Monsters Among Us, murder, murder in the 21st Century Tagged: | Amanda Berry, Ariel Castro, Cleveland, Gina DeJesus, homicide, kidnapping, Michelle Knight, missing teens, Monsters Among Us, Ohio, sex crimes, Seymour Avenue Horror