Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

5/7/2013 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (

Three brothers have been arrested in connection with kidnapping, rape

It's a horrific story with a happy ending. Three Cleveland area-women, missing for 10 years, have been found alive and well in a home where they were forced to give birth to children. Three brothers have since been arrested in connection with the women's kidnapping and imprisonment. 

Kidnap victim Amanda Berry, pictured at center, is shown at the Cleveland Hospital alongside her emotional sister and the daughter that she gave birth to during the 10 years she was held against her will.

Kidnap victim Amanda Berry, pictured at center, is shown at the Cleveland Hospital alongside her emotional sister and the daughter that she gave birth to during the 10 years she was held against her will.


By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (

5/7/2013 (2 years ago)

Published in Living Faith

Keywords: Kidnapping, rape, forced pregnancy, Cleveland, arrests, freedom

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Fifty-two-year-old  Ariel Castro, who owned the property, along with his brothers Onil, 50, and Pedro, 54, kept the women prisoners and forced them to give birth at the home.

Police say that at least five babies were born at the home, while one of the victims suffered as many as three miscarriages because she was so malnourished. There are also reports that the three captors would beat the women when they were pregnant, meaning that the babies would not survive.

A six-year-old girl who was found alive at the home, but it's not yet known where the other children may be.

The women's captivity ended after 26-year-old kidnap victim Amanda Berry climbed through a screen door her alleged captor was out and fled to a neighbor's home to call 911.

Police later found 23-year-old Gina DeJesus and 32-year-old Michele Knight who had also been missing for a decade, along with the young girl. Authorities later confirmed that the little girl was born to Berry while she was in captivity, but it is not known which of the three suspects may be the father.

Berry, who went missing a day before her 17th birthday in 2003, was applauded for escaping and alerting authorities to the two other women at the home. "The real hero here is Amanda," Cleveland Deputy Police Chief Ed Tomba said at a press conference. "She came out of that house and that started it all."

Child Protective Services had been sent to the home in 2004, but left without speaking to the homeowner after there was no answer.

The women and young girl are reportedly suffering from severe dehydration and are slightly malnourished. Dr. Gerald Maloney, an emergency department physician, said they were in "fair condition."

"The nightmare is over," Cleveland FBI Special Agent in Charge Stephen Anthony said at the press conference. "These three young ladies have provided us with the ultimate definition of survival and perseverance. The healing can now begin.'"

The disappearances of Amanda and Gina never dropped from the public's consciousness as their relatives have continually held vigils and kept the story alive in the press.

All three women were kidnapped on the same street and found at the home just three miles away as their alleged kidnappers hid in plain sight. Neighbors said they often saw Castro walking with the six-year-old girl.

Cleveland police believe the women were tied up in the home after they were snatched and local reports noted there were chains hanging from the ceiling.


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'

Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for October 2015
That human trafficking, the modern form of slavery, may be eradicated.
Evangelization: That with a missionary spirit the Christian communities of Asia may announce the Gospel to those who are still awaiting it.


More Living Faith

Top 5 Bible verses to turn to when you're angry Watch

Image of What does the Bible have to say about anger?

By Kenya Sinclair (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

What makes you angry? Maybe you don't like the way your boss talks to you at work or your spouse spends too much money. What do you do when you feel anger coming on? Who do you turn to? LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - When we get angry we can say or do things we ... continue reading

Megachurch Pastor's new book tells people to 'get over themselves' Watch

Image of Pastor Kyle Idleman (YouTube).


Megachurch Pastor Kyle Idleman claims that to live life, "everyone simply needs to get over themselves" to truly "experience abundant life with Jesus," a theory he promotes in his new book The End of Me: Where Real Life in the Upside-Down Ways of Jesus Begins. LOS ... continue reading

Parents of St. Therese of Lisieux to be canonized by Pope Francis Watch

Image of The canonizations of the married couple will coincide with the Synod on the Family, to be held on Oct. 4-25.


Pope Francis approved, earlier this year, the decrees necessary for Blesseds Louis and Zelie Martin - known for being the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux - to be declared saints. VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - The two blesseds will be the first couple ever to ... continue reading

Phoenix bishop encourages Catholic men to 'step into the breach' Watch

Image of Calling on all Christian men to take a stand in the Church's spiritual battle, Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix asked men in his diocese to courageously pursue their vocations as friends, fathers, and spouses.


Calling on all Christian men to take a stand in the Church's spiritual battle, Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix asked men in his diocese to courageously pursue their vocations as friends, fathers, and spouses. Phoenix, Ariz. (CNA/EWTN News) - "Men, do not ... continue reading

Interview with Archbishop Chaput puts U.S. papal visit in perspective Watch

Image of Archbishop Chaput offered his take on the historic papal trip, the challenges facing family in the U.S., and the upcoming Synod of Bishops in Rome.

By Michelle Bauman, CNA/EWTN News

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia hosted Pope Francis in his highly anticipated first visit to the United States. As the dust settled after the departure of nearly one million participants in the final Mass for the World Meeting of Families, CNA had the ... continue reading

Pope Francis speaks truth to power Watch

Image of

By Tony Magliano

From celebrating Masses at Havana's Revolution Square in Cuba, Washington, D.C., New York City and Philadelphia, to addressing the U.S. Congress and the United Nations - and with lots packed in between - the 78-year-old Pope Francis tirelessly proclaimed the Gospel ... continue reading

Pope Francis tells young people Jesus 'has so many things to say to each of you' Watch

Image of His Message for the 31st World Youth Day in Krakow 2016 invited young people to reflect on mercy and to visit the Divine Mercy Shrine in Krakow.


With World Youth Day coming up next year, Pope Francis has a question for young people: "Do you realize how precious you are to God, who has given you everything out of love?" Vatican City (CNA/EWTN News) - "You, dear young man, dear young woman, have you ever ... continue reading

Pope Francis understands why many victims are unable to forgive clerical sexual abuse Watch

Image of

By Ann Schneible, CNA/EWTN News

In his wide-ranging press briefing en route from the United States to Rome, Pope Francis spoke on the difficult subject of forgiving priests who have molested minors, saying that the strength to forgive, and to be forgiven, can only come from God. Vatican City ... continue reading

5 ways to live in love according to the Bible Watch

Image of Living with God's love (nrgtribe).


Love is a big word people use all too often. However, real love is tough and we may be living without the love we  profess to have and share with one another. Luckily, we have the Scripture to remind us what true love looks like. HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA (Catholic ... continue reading

Narrowing God's love 'is a perversion of the faith,' Pope Francis warns Watch

Image of


At the final Mass closing out the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, Pope Francis warned against narrowing God's love and works to only a certain group of people. Philadelphia, Pa. (CNA/EWTN News) - "To raise doubts about the working of the Spirit, ... continue reading

All Living Faith News


Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for October 4th, 2015 Image

St. Francis of Assisi
October 4: Founder of the Franciscan Order, born at Assisi in Umbria, in ... Read More