Two women imprisoned for a decade in Ariel Castro’s Cleveland home will tell the story of their horrific abuse at Castro’s hands in a book authored by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists, while the third woman will tell her tale on a “Dr. Phil” interview.
Kidnapping victims Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus are joining with journalists Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan for an account of their decade-long captivity. They were kidnapped by Castro in 2003 and 2004 and held captive in his house for years.
"Many have told, and continue to tell, this story in ways that are both inaccurate and beyond the control of these young women," their attorney, James R. Wooley, said in a statement. "Gina, Amanda and their families have decided to take control and are now interested in telling the story of what happened to them."
Michelle Knight, who was kidnapped by Castro in 2002 and held alongside the other women, will not be involved with the book. Instead, she will tell her story in an interview with Phil McGraw on his show “Dr. Phil.”
"As the first victim to break her silence, she makes never-before-heard revelations about what went on in Castro’s Cleveland house of horrors. Knight recalls the day-to-day details of her decade in captivity in a manner that can be described as passionate, moving and poignant. She is the self-proclaimed, most hated victim in the house, and according to Knight, suffered the most abuse at the hands of Castro," McGraw told the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
After a decade, the three women managed to escape on May 6, when Berry partially kicked down a door and called out for help from a passerby. Castro was arrested the same day and later pled guilty to more than 900 charges including kidnapping, aggravated murder and rape. He was sentenced to life imprisonment plus 1,000 years, but was found hanged in his cell Sept. 3. His death was originally ruled a suicide but may in fact be related to auto-erotic asphyxiation.
Eric Brown is an IBTimes political reporter who eats far too much pizza. He is a graduate of Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, and currently resides in Brooklyn.