Gina Dejesus, Amanda Berry, and Michelle Knight will forever live with a horrendous memory.
Ten years of their life were ruined and wasted in captivity. But captivity is just one of the horrors they underwent during those years.
The three women were raped, beaten, tortured, and underwent all manner of evil and abuse under the sun. The monster behind it all was Cleveland’s infamous Ariel Castro. Ariel held his three victims at his house, 2207 Seymour Avenue.
The women finally managed to escape in 2013, after a decade in captivity. But how did they end up here?
How It All Began
Ariel Castro was born in Puerto Rico in 1960. His horrific path in life began with an abusive marriage.
Ariel subjected his wife and four children to unspeakable physical and emotional abuse. Once, he beat his wife so hard that she formed a blood clot in her brain. She left him in the mid-1990s.
Despite his abusive nature, Ariel’s daughter, Angie Gregg, didn’t think ill of her father.
She described him as friendly, caring, and doting. However, her perspective changed when she found out his secret.
Angie wondered how his father would be so loving towards his children, and yet he kidnapped women from their families without remorse.
During his trial, Ariel claimed that he kidnapped his victims at the sight of opportunity for selfish interests. He hadn’t planned on capturing his first victim; he just saw her and took a grab.
He enticed his victims with seemingly harmless tactics. For one, he offered her a puppy, and to another, he offered a ride.
He even requested one of his victims to help him find his lost child and went ahead to kidnap her.
All of his victims knew him, which was advantageous to him since they easily trusted him.