Update: Seymour Avenue Horror *Ariel Castro pleads guilty in a plea deal; Sentenced to LWOP plus 1000 years*

Amanda Gina Michelle

Cleveland Survivors
Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight

Statement released by the survivors:

“Amanda, Gina, and Michelle are relieved by today’s plea. They are satisfied by this resolution to the case, and are looking forward to having these legal proceedings draw to a final close in the near future. They continue to desire their privacy. They do not wish to speak to the media or anyone else, and they thank people for continuing to respect their privacy as they grow stronger. They are immensely grateful for the support they have received from family, friends, and the donations to the Cleveland Courage Fund.”

Personally, I think this is a good thing. Most of all for the survivors. Now, they can move past this and go forward. It will always be with them, but I am sure that each day they grow stronger. I admire them for their strength through all of this. Now they will not have to testify to all that happened, and this is good for them. Testifying meant reliving it, the whole awful experience for each of them. I hope that the media and their community will allow them the privacy they need.

News Archive: Seymour Avenue Horror
Ariel Castro to appear in court Friday morning, apparently to discuss ongoing plea negotiations
Ariel Castro pleads guilty agrees to life in prison plus 1,000 years
Survivors issue statement on Ariel Castro plea
Ariel Castro Accepts Plea of ‘Not Less Than a Thousand Years’
Ariel Castro agrees to plea deal: Life in prison, no parole, plus 1,000 years (video, slideshow)
Ariel Castro Agrees To Plea In Ohio Kidnap Case
Ariel Castro Update: Castro accepts plea deal to avoid death penalty, prosecutors recommend sentence of life without parole
Ariel Castro accepts plea deal in Ohio kidnapping case, avoids death penalty
Ariel Castro agrees to plea deal to avoid death penalty
Castro gets life in prison for Cleveland kidnappings
Testimony from Cleveland kidnap victim, relatives and captor at his sentencing
A defiant Ariel Castro sentenced to life in prison for crimes against Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight
Woman among 3 held captive in Ohio home returns to site; wants park, statue to replace house
Cleveland house of terrors razed

Ariel Castro in court
Ariel Castro in court

Update: Seymour Avenue Horror *Ariel Castro indicted on 977 more counts, including 2 murder charges*

Cleveland Survivors

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.

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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

Update: Seymour Avenue Horror *Ariel Castro charged, now prosecutors looking at murder charges; Recovery begins for the women now*

Amanda Gina Michelle
Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight

As joyous as it is for everyone to see such a happy ending, these women – who were kidnapped as girls – need to begin their road to recovery. They need space. They will talk when they are ready. Right now, people need to give them this time. Pushing for them to speak to the public is unnecessary and damaging to them. Let them get used to life. So much has changed in society since they were kidnapped: cell phones, computers, the Internet, and technology overall. Remember, 2 of them were still in school. Our lives have continued, while they were stuck. I am sure they are very overwhelmed. Let’s be happy that they are alive and out of that house of horrors. Keep them in your hearts and think of them for a bit everyday, but let them adjust and recover. They need to find a good place for themselves.

TONIGHT: Radio One Cleveland, 19 Action News to hold Victory Vigil
Murder charges sought against Ohio man in ending captives’ pregnancies
Michelle Knight: Recovery continues in the hospital
Michelle Knight told cops Ariel Castro threatened to kill her if Amanda Berry’s baby died
Ariel Castro, Cleveland kidnapping suspect, helped look for missing girl
Clevelanders take story of women’s courageous escape to heart (several links to other stories here too)
Cleveland man could face aggravated murder charges for allegedly terminating pregnancies
Out pour of community support: How to donate items to Michelle, Amanda and Gina
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ArielCastro jail mug
Ariel Castro

Update: Seymour Avenue Horror *Ariel Castro charged with kidnapping and rape; His brothers are not being charged at his time*

Amanda Gina Michelle
Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight

In the news conference, it was specifically said that the reports of the naked girls in the backyard are untrue. The girls said that they had not left the house since they got there.

News Archive: Seymour Avenue Horror
Gina DeJesus returns home to cheers and applause
Michelle Knight remains hospitalized in Cleveland; Amanda Berry and her daughter return home
Chains, ropes removed from home where Berry, DeJesus, Knight were held, police chief says
Ariel Castro charged with 4 counts kidnapping, 3 counts rape; brothers to be charged only on outstanding misdemeanors
Homeowner charged in Cleveland abductions
Cleveland man charged with kidnapping, rape after 3 missing women found in home

ArielCastro jail mug
Ariel Castro

News Archive: Seymour Avenue Horror

Amanda Gina Michelle

Cleveland Survivors
Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight

Missing: Amanda Berry 4/21/2003 Lakewood, OH *UPDATE* She has been found alive!!!!
Breaking News: Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight have been found ALIVE!
Seymour Avenue Horror: More news about the abductions, the girls and their abductors
Update: Seymour Avenue Horror *Ariel Castro charged with kidnapping and rape; His brothers are not being charged at his time*
Update: Seymour Avenue Horror *Ariel Castro charged, now prosecutors looking at murder charges; Recovery begins for the women now*
Update: Seymour Avenue Horror *Ariel Castro indicted on 977 more counts, including 2 murder charges*
Update: Seymour Avenue Horror *Ariel Castro pleads guilty in a plea deal; Sentenced to LWOP plus 1000 years*
Update: Seymour Avenue Horror *Ariel Castrol found dead by suicide in his cell*

Movies/Documentaries
20/20: Captive: A Journey of Hope and Survival
Cleveland Abduction

Books
Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, a Life Reclaimed: A Memoir of the Cleveland Kidnappings
Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland
The Lost Girls: The True Story of the Cleveland Abductions and the Incredible Rescue of Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry, and Gina DeJesus
Captive: One House Three Women And Ten Years In Hell

INMATE INFORMATION

ArielCastro prison mug

ARIEL CASTRO
Number: A643371
DOB: 07/10/1960
Gender: Male
Race: White
Admission Date: 08/02/2013
Institution: Correctional Reception Center
Status: INCARCERATED

Offender has been designated a Sexually Violent Predator

Offense Information
AGG MURDER Counts: 1 ORC: 2903.01 5
Committing County: Cuyahoga Admission Date: 08/02/2013 Degree of Felony: AM
RAPE Counts: 13 ORC: 2907.02 5
Committing County: Cuyahoga Admission Date: 08/02/2013 Degree of Felony: First
RAPE Counts: 23 ORC: 2907.02 5
Committing County: Cuyahoga Admission Date: 08/02/2013 Degree of Felony: First
KIDNAPPING Counts: 49 ORC: 2905.01 5
Committing County: Cuyahoga Admission Date: 08/02/2013 Degree of Felony: First
KIDNAPPING Counts: 15 ORC: 2905.01 5
Committing County: Cuyahoga Admission Date: 08/02/2013 Degree of Felony: First
RAPE Counts: 99 ORC: 2907.02 5
Committing County: Cuyahoga Admission Date: 08/02/2013 Degree of Felony: First
RAPE Counts: 99 ORC: 2907.02 5
Committing County: Cuyahoga Admission Date: 08/02/2013 Degree of Felony: First
KIDNAPPING Counts: 99 ORC: 2905.01 5
Committing County: Cuyahoga Admission Date: 08/02/2013 Degree of Felony: First
KIDNAPPING Counts: 30 ORC: 2905.01 5
Committing County: Cuyahoga Admission Date: 08/02/2013 Degree of Felony: First
KIDNAPPING Counts: 99 ORC: 2905.01 5
Committing County: Cuyahoga Admission Date: 08/02/2013 Degree of Felony: First
KIDNAPPING Counts: 99 ORC: 2905.01 5
Committing County: Cuyahoga Admission Date: 08/02/2013 Degree of Felony: First
KIDNAPPING Counts: 82 ORC: 2905.01 5
Committing County: Cuyahoga Admission Date: 08/02/2013 Degree of Felony: First
FEL ASSAULT Counts: 5 ORC: 2903.11 5
Committing County: Cuyahoga Admission Date: 08/02/2013 Degree of Felony: Second
GSI Counts: 7 ORC: 2907.05 5
Committing County: Cuyahoga Admission Date: 08/02/2013 Degree of Felony: Fourth
ENDANGER CHILD Counts: 2 ORC: 2919.22 5
Committing County: Cuyahoga Admission Date: 08/02/2013 Degree of Felony: Third
POSS CRIMINAL TOOLS Counts: 1 ORC: 2923.24 5
Committing County: Cuyahoga Admission Date: 08/02/2013 Degree of Felony: Fifth
RAPE Counts: 99 ORC: 2907.02 4
Committing County: Cuyahoga Admission Date: 08/02/2013 Degree of Felony: First
RAPE Counts: 44 ORC: 2907.02 4
Committing County: Cuyahoga Admission Date: 08/02/2013 Degree of Felony: First
RAPE Counts: 69 ORC: 2907.02 4
Committing County: Cuyahoga Admission Date: 08/02/2013 Degree of Felony: First

Sentence Information
Indefinite Sentence Min: Life Sentence
Indefinite Sentence Max: Life Sentence
Expiration of Max Sentence: Life Sentence

Seymour Avenue Horror: More news about the abductions, the girls and their abductors

Amanda Gina Michelle
Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight

News Archive: Seymour Avenue Horror
Northeast Ohio search for missing persons: Ashley Summers and Christina Adkins top list (please don’t forget them either)
Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus: Chains, bondage found in Seymour Avenue home
FBI agents search for evidence, take down storm door at house where 3 missing women found alive
Reports of sexual abuse, beatings inside Cleveland house
Police source: Multiple pregnancies, miscarriages among missing women found in Cleveland home
Missing women raped, beaten while pregnant
Kidnapped Cleveland woman, Amanda Berry, hailed a ‘hero’ after desperate 911 call
Who is suspect Ariel Castro? Neighbor says a ‘nice guy’
Who is Ariel Castro, charged in Cleveland kidnappings?
‘Miracles really do happen’: Bizarre final Facebook post of Ariel Castro before he was arrested for kidnap along with two brothers
The three brothers ‘who kidnapped three girls and kept them captive for 10 years’ as it emerges the victims ‘gave birth to at least FIVE babies in the home’
Revealed: Kidnap suspect’s daughter jailed for 25 years for attempted murder of her 11-month-old baby
First pictures of Michelle Knight before she was kidnapped as it’s revealed she has ‘hearing damage and facial injuries from years of beatings’
Rescued woman Michelle Knight: The story you don’t know
Police acknowledge little focus on finding Michelle Knight, the third missing Cleveland woman
Snapshots: Who are the three women freed in Cleveland?
New Details About The Third Missing Woman Michelle Knight: She Suffered Facial Bone Damage & Hearing Loss, Had Son Before She Vanished

Castro brothers

Defendants
Ariel Castro, 52
Pedro Castro, 54
Onil Castro, 50

Breaking News: Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight have been found ALIVE!

Amanda and Gina
Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus

Thanks Shannon for the tip! I could not find anything on Michelle Knight, but will continue to look. I am so happy that they have all been found alive. This is a fabulous day!!!!!

Amanda Berry & Gina DeJesus Found Alive, Third Woman Also Rescued
Michelle Knight, missing Cleveland woman, disappeared in 2002
Cleveland police: Missing teens Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus found alive, appear to be OK
Police: Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus found alive
Amanda Berry, teen missing for 10 years, rescued from Cleveland home with child
LIVE BLOG: Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus Found Alive
Berry, DeJesus, Knight found alive, police source confirms
2 Ohio teen girls missing for decade found alive, as cops offer few details
Three girls who went missing as teenagers TEN YEARS ago found ALIVE in Cleveland basement dungeon as their ‘captor’ is arrested
Suspect arrested in Cleveland abductions is Ariel Castro, 52
Facebook: Ariel Castro
Ariel Castro owns home where missing women Amanda Berry, Gina DeJsus, Michelle Knight found
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