May 6, 2013 ended a decade of horror for three women. Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight were held captive in a house on Seymour Avenue in Cleveland, OH got their freedom when they escaped from Ariel Castro’s house. That day they got their life, their freedom, their families, and their independence back. Now it is time for these courageous women who fought to stay alive for more than a decade to find their way back into the community and get back to what we would call a normal life. A life where you can wake up and do whatever you want. A life where no one tells you what to do, when you can do it, or if you can do it. A life filled with freedom.
Almost three months after the women escaped from captivity, Ariel Castro, their kidnapper & rapist, was sentenced on August 1, 2013 to life in prison without parole + 1,000 years after pleading guilty to 937 charges including murder, rape & kidnapping. A sentence fitting for this monster. During his sentencing hearing, he said that he was not a monster and he basically blamed all that he did on others in his life. He took no responsibility for anything that he did. He said that he was abused when he was younger and that is why he became addicted to porn and made him the way he was. He did say that he was sorry and apologized to the women, the court, the judge, and to the city of Cleveland for what he did, but it was not a heartfelt apology at all. He was only thinking of himself. He pleaded guilty to raping these women, who were young girls when he kidnapped them, but then said that his house had “harmony”. He said that what went on between him and these woman was consensual, but the judge then interrupted him and said, “if you say that what went on between you and these women was consensual, then why did you plead guilty to raping them?” No answer from Castro.
Today, marked a day of freedom (again), independence, peace, and love in the city of Cleveland, as Ariel Castro’s house was torn down as part of his plea agreement. There will no longer be a reminder of what horrible acts of terror that went on in that house, as it is gone. By the time evening arrives tonight, grass will have been planted on that lot with flowers and three angel statues, one for each woman, and another smaller one for Amanda Berry’s daughter, Joslyn, who was born six years ago in captivity on December 25th. By tonight, you will have never known his house ever existed, and the people of Cleveland, and these three brave women can start to heal.
Here is the news report clip from earlier today with the demolition: http://news.yahoo.com/cleveland-kidnapper-ariel-castro-home-is-razed-125943841.html
Castro has started his new life in jail where he will now be told what to do and when to do it. His torment and captivity has only just begun. This chapter of horror is now closed. Healing can now begin.