Whatever Happened to...The Cleveland Kidnapping Survivors?


Do you remember the three women who were kidnapped by Ariel Castro in Cleveland?

If you don't, let's have a quick refresher course.

In 2013, Amanda Berry miraculously escaped from her captor, Ariel Castro. She was at the door and alerted a neighbor, Charles Ramsey, of the danger.

Soon, police were alerted to the kidnapping and rescued Berry along with Michelle Knight and Gina DeJesus. The survivors have spoken out about the abuse saying that they were beaten, raped, and tortured for years.

But this article isn't about the kidnapping. This is about their lives right now.

People reports on all three of the survivors half a decade after the kidnapping.

Michelle Knight has released two memoirs, Finding Me and Life After Darkness. Finding Me was even a New York Times bestseller. She also speaks publicly across the country and has partnered with the coffee company, 3-19 Co. to raise money to help victims of domestic violence and child abuse restart their lives

Besides this professional success, she has found love with Miguel Rodriguez. Mutual friends introduced the two on Facebook, things took off, and they got married in 2016.

Finally, she has changed her name to Lily Rose.

Amanda Berry is helping missing people in Northern Ohio. She has a 30-second segment on Cleveland's Fox 8 which spotlights missing people. She said, that she wants missing people to know people still care about them and are looking for them.

She has also raised her daughter that was born while she was a captive by Castro.

Finally, DeJesus has been working with the Northeast Ohio Amber Alert Committee. She has teamed up with Berry to release the New York Times bestseller, Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland.

Each woman seems to be doing well and, in their own way, dealing with the trauma of their youth.

Listen more about the story on the Gary and Shannon Show below!


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