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Three Women Held for 10 Years by Cleveland Kidnapper Speak Out for First Time: VIDEO


Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight, the three women rescued last May from a kidnapper who had been holding them captive in a Cleveland, Ohio home for more than 10 years and subjecting them to horrific abuse, speak out for the first time in a video released last night. The clip was reportedly shot on July 2.

Says Knight in the video: "I may have been through hell and back, but I am strong enough to walk through hell with a smile on my face and with my head held high and with my feet firmly on the ground."


Ariel Castro, the monster who held these women has pleaded not guilty to a 329-count indictment including several kidnapping and rape and one count of aggravated murder, and is being held in lieu of $8 million bail.

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  1. Seriously... wishing them the very best. Amazing.

    Posted by: Pete N SFO | Jul 9, 2013 9:45:10 AM

  2. Michelle Knight is my hero. All three of them are my heroes, but Michelle Knight is just WOW! She brings tears to my eyes, she's so strong to still be alive. I wonder what has happened to the baby boy she fought so hard for, and was torn away from against her will?

    I was disappointed in People when Angelina's announcement about her breast cancer knocked Gina, Amanda and Michelle's story to the sidebar. I hope these three young women find nothing but happiness the rest of their lives.

    Posted by: Zeta | Jul 9, 2013 9:59:22 AM

  3. What an absolutely bizarre and painfully sad story. I wish these women all the best. What an uphill battle psychologically-speaking. And the trial will be horrendous for all of them. Castro is a POS freak and should be executed, cremated, his ashes scattered in some miserable place.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jul 9, 2013 1:52:12 PM

  4. I would prefer to hear them actually talk openly about their experience rather than watch them read donation “thank-you’s” from a pre-approved letter.

    Not much to learn from this video.

    Posted by: StudioTodd | Jul 9, 2013 6:23:30 PM

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