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5/8/2013 (1 year ago)

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Three women kept imprisoned in home tell stories of mistreatment

Authorities find it all very hard to believe - but testimony from survivors, as well as relatives of the accused kidnappers is giving fresh details in a Cleveland house of horrors. Three women, some of who were kept imprisoned for 10 years is now talking of their ordeal in spite of a citywide search for them.

A banker who lives in Columbus, Ohio, Anthony Castro depicted his father as a violent, controlling man who nearly beat his mother to death in 1993 while she was recovering from brain surgery.

A banker who lives in Columbus, Ohio, Anthony Castro depicted his father as a violent, controlling man who nearly beat his mother to death in 1993 while she was recovering from brain surgery.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

5/8/2013 (1 year ago)

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Keywords: Cleveland, abduction, impregnation, torture, escape


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Fifty-year-old Ariel Castro, along with two of his brothers, Pedro and Onil is suspected in the abduction, rape and torture of the three women. The son of Ariel Castro, Anthony Castro has since come forward about the abuse he suffered at the hands of his dad.

Now a banker who lives in Columbus, Ohio, Anthony depicted his father as a violent, controlling man who nearly beat his mother to death in 1993 while she was recovering from brain surgery. Anthony said his father was secretive and barred him from entering certain rooms when he wasn't around.

Anthony said he last visited his father's home two weeks ago, though he was not invited inside. He said he never suspected that his father could be keeping three women captive in the basement.

Anthony confirms that his father padlocked the doors leading to his basement, his attic and his garage and never allowed his family inside.

One of the captive, Gina DeJesus told investigators she was abducted on her way home from school one day in 2004 when a man pulled up in a van and casually said, "You need a ride? I'll give you a ride home from school."

Another female captive, Amanda Berry, gave birth to a daughter six years ago in captivity. The women have told investigators that they were kept isolated from each other in locked rooms.

Investigators confirmed that the women were held with chains and ropes, and allowed only "once in a while" into the backyard. A search of the sadistic household didn't find any evidence of dead bodies.

Berry was able to break out of the house and call 911 at a neighbor's house, effectively ending her captivity along with two others.

The three brothers arrested - Ariel, Pedro and Onil Castro - are talking with police, McGrath said, but he declined to give details.

The three women, DeJesus, Berry and Michelle Knight, were reported missing in Cleveland between 2002 and 2004.

The house, a two-story dwelling on Cleveland's West Side, had come to the attention of police only twice - in 2000, when Ariel Castro called about a fight on the street, and in 2004, when Castro, a school bus driver, had left behind one of his passengers.

Neighbors say they tried to tell police about the bizarre circumstances surrounding the house. One neighbor said he phoned the police his sister spotted a woman with a baby in the home, banging on the window "like she wanted to get out."

First lady Michelle Obama says that the kidnappings were "probably a parent's worst nightmare.

"These families are going to have to wrap their arms around these young women and make sure that they get all the help and support they need so that they will go on and lead healthy, normal lives," she said. "We're just grateful that they're safe."


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