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04/19/2007


Cleveland Kidnapper Ariel Castro Kills Himself

Cleveland monster Ariel Castro committed suicide in his prison cell, NBC News reports:

CastroKidnapper and rapist Ariel Castro was found hanged in his jail cell just a month after being sentenced to life in prison plus 1,000 years for holding three women captive in his Cleveland home, a prison official said early Wednesday.

Medical officials tried to revive the 53-year-old former school bus driver after he was discovered around 9:20 p.m. Tuesday at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient, Ohio, authorities said. Castro was transported to Ohio State University Medical Center but was pronounced dead at 10.52 p.m.


Gay Man Beaten by Mob in Hate Crime Outside Cleveland Bar: VIDEO

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Jared Fox was attacked on Saturday night outside the Cocktails Lounge in the area of West 93rd Street and Detroit Avenue by a group of people he says taunted him with homophobic slurs and demanded money, ABC5 reports:

Cleveland police said they received four calls about a group of males disturbing the area and assaulting a customer at Cocktails Lounge.

“Last night I was the victim of a hate crime. I was walking into a bar on Detroit Avenue in Cleveland. I was walking from my parked car. I got out and I saw a group of youth on the side of the street,”  Jared Fox said in a YouTube video.

“Instincts and my experience with youth was that kids in a large group just aren’t up any good.”

“They started to just charge and they surrounded me,” Fox said. He said they asked for him money and used anti-gay slurs. “They thought I was an easy target.”

"They just started beating me," Fox said. "They punched my glasses into my face and sliced it right there" he said while pointing to the cut on his nose. He said he also suffered a ruptured eardrum. "They stomped on me, my back, my ribs while I was on the ground."

Fox says one of them asked him, "Do you want to die?" He says he begged someone driving by in a car for help but the car drove away. He also pounded on the doors of nearby houses.

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

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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."

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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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Gay Man Beaten In Assault Outside Cleveland, Ohio: VIDEO

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A gay man from Norwalk and his friend were attacked and beaten earlier this week while visiting a 7-Eleven in Sandusky, Ohio about 60 miles outside Cleveland. Fox 8 reports

Screen Shot 2013-06-23 at 4.31.31 PM"The victim and his friend were inside the 7-Eleven initially and the two suspects walked in right after them," said Detective Gary Wichman with the Sandusky Police Department. "The two suspects had left the store prior to the two victims and it apparently happened right after that."

Police say Angel Kennedy, 23, and Neno Miller, 18, confronted the 22-year-old victim inside the 7-Eleven.

Surveillance cameras were rolling as the victim said he and his friend were taunted and called names.

"The victim described himself as flamboyant, and he felt that because of his sexual orientation, they were attacked because of that," added Detective Wichman.

While there is no surveillance video of the attack, the police report states the victim was repeatedly punched in the face, even kicked in the ribs. The two suspects took wallets from the victims and fled the scene before being arrested by police later that day. However, whether or not the two suspects will be charged with a hate crime is still in question.

"Right now, under Ohio Revised Code, it doesn't recognize what happened as a hate crime. We had looked into it and according to the prosecutor, it doesn't fall under a hate crime," said Detective Wichman.

Ohio law allows judges to consider "hate" circumstances in sentencing if, "in committing the offense, the offender was motivated by prejudice based on race, ethnic background, gender, sexual orientation or religion." At the sentencing hearing, the judge has broad discretion to decide how much consideration, if any, will be given to "hate crime factors."

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Anderson Cooper Interviews Cleveland Kidnapping Rescuer Charles Ramsey: VIDEO

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If you were watching the news yesterday, or reading this site, you know about the amazing rescue of three women who had been held captive for a decade which happened this week in Cleveland. Anderson Cooper last night interviewed Charles Ramsey, the neighbor credited for rescuing Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight.

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Meanwhile, horrific details are beginning to emerge regarding the captivity.

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Neighbor Recounts Rescue of Three Women Kidnapped for 10 Years in Cleveland Home: VIDEO

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An incredible story out of Cleveland. Charles Ramsay, a neighbor, yesterday rescued Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight from a Cleveland home where they had been kidnapped for more than 10 years, News 5 reports:

Hundreds of people gathered in the streets near 2207 Seymour Ave. in Cleveland, where the women were discovered. Cleveland police said Berry, DeJesus and Michelle Knight are alive, talking and appear to be OK.

“I heard screaming… And I see this girl going nuts trying to get outside,” said Charles Ramsey, a neighbor who found the women. “I go on the porch and she said ‘Help me get out. I’ve been here a long time.’ I figure it was domestic violence dispute."

“She comes out with a little girl and says ‘Call 911, my name is Amanda Berry’… When she told me, it didn’t register.” He said he made the call and gave Berry the phone. When police arrived, officers asked him if he knew who he rescued.

Ramsay's neighbors, three men ages 50, 52, and 54 have been arrested.

The AP:

Berry disappeared at age 16 on April 21, 2003, when she called her sister to say she was getting a ride home from her job at a Burger King. DeJesus went missing at age 14 on her way home from school about a year later. They were found just a few miles from where they had gone missing. Police said Knight went missing in 2002 and is 32 now. They didn't provide current ages for Berry or DeJesus.

Ramsay's interview with news reporters is going viral.

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