8 Twisted Facts You Didn’t Know About the Ariel Castro Cleveland Kidnappings

After 10 years in captivity, Amanda Berry, Gina Dejesus, and Michelle Knight escaped. Their memoirs highlight poor police work and how the birth of Jocelyn Berry saved them all.

Andrea Duran
7 min readOct 6, 2022
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Sexual predator Ariel Castro (53) kidnapped three young women and kept them in captivity in his home in Cleveland, Ohio for ten years.

Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry, and Gina Dejesus were held captive between 9–11 years before Amanda Berry’s brave escape and infamous 911 call on May 6, 2013.

Memoirs Hope written by Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus and Finding Me written by Michelle Knight detail 8 twisted facts that the media missed in Ariel Castro’s house of horrors.

Particularly, the fact that five-year-old Jocelyn Berry miraculously saved the women from captivity.

Fact #4 might enrage you.

Michelle Knight’s Story Based on Finding Me

Michelle Knight (now known as Lily Rose Lee) was the first kidnapping victim and reportedly suffered more abuse than the other two women.



Andrea Duran

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