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Castro kidnapped each of the women between and For years, the women endured unimaginable abuse, as they were chained, starved and tortured by Castro. But during their captivity, they held on to the conviction that their families would never give up on them. That faith helped bring them home.
The two young women say they have since moved on with their lives. In an exclusive interview with Robin Roberts, Berry and DeJesus discussed what their lives were like in captivity and what they are like today. Just a day before her 17th birthday on April 21,Amanda Berry got up and got ready for work.
You know, what if? Later, the vehicle started to follow her down the street, and the man inside asked her if she needed a ride home. The man, Ariel Castro, was an elementary school bus driver and the father of a classmate from middle school. Would you like to go see her?
After they entered the white, two storied house on Seymour Avenue, Berry said Castro told her that his daughter might be taking a bath. And I never got back out.
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Castro took her upstairs and showed her something strange: a mystery woman sleeping in a bedroom in front of a television set. Her memories of what happened next are still raw.
And from there I knew, like, this was not going to be good. Berry said he chained her to a pole, shut off the lights and left her in the dark with a television. As news of her abduction made headlines, Berry watched her mother and her sister on the TV in the basement.
On the fourth day of her abduction, April 24,Berry said Castro moved her to an upstairs bedroom and chained her to a radiator. He gave her a diary with a tiny lock and key. She wrote her first entry by the flickering light of the TV.
Another two months! Once a day, Berry said, Castro gave her a bag of chips or crackers or other food to eat.
But everything, including her weekly shower, came at a price. Almost a year after Berry became his prisoner, Castro went on the prowl again just five blocks away from the street where he kidnapped Berry. On the day she was kidnapped, DeJesus and Arlene Castro were heading home from school. DeJesus gave Arlene Castro some of her bus money to phone home. DeJesus was unnerved by his bizarre behavior. You could go to jail? I kicked him, and I bruised him really bad.
As Castro overpowered her, DeJesus screamed for help, but the radio in his basement and the radio in the living room were too loud. For the first few weeks, Castro only talked to and touched DeJesus.
The first time DeJesus said he raped her was on May 7, Though she remembers the exact date, DeJesus said it was too painful to discuss the details of what happened. I have the nicer room.
He lets me eat first. The calculated deprivation drove the girls apart. I want that.
To fill the empty hours, Berry kept a diary in notebooks, on napkins and even on fast food bags. And the black-and-white television was their only window to the outside world.
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But one of the cruelest things he did, Berry and DeJesus said, was play mind games with them. Initially, all three women were isolated in separate bedrooms on the second floor. Calm down.
How do I feel about that? When Jocelyn was born, DeJesus said having the little girl there with them was a welcome distraction. Though she was locked in with the three of them whenever Castro left the house, she occasionally was allowed to go outside in the backyard, to the park or to Sunday services with her father.
Would he ever think about touching her because, you know, he had his problems? For the first time in 10 years, Berry said she found her bedroom door unlocked without Castro around. Downstairs, the front door was open but wired with an alarm.
Beyond it, the storm door was padlocked shut, but Berry was still able to squeeze out an arm. Outside, a neighbor saw Berry but was too afraid to intervene. Finish kicking it out, and you can get out. After kicking the way out for her and Jocelyn, Berry calledand police arrived and rescued DeJesus and Knight. I will never know. On Aug. On Sept.
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The two women rarely make public appearances since their escape, but have both moved on with their lives. Berry and DeJesus remain good friends. And though neither keeps in touch with Knight, they both wish her well. LOG IN. We'll notify you here with news about.
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