BY THE POWER OF GOD THEY ARE FREE AND LIVING A BETTER LIFE TODAY AFTER THEIR ORDEAL CAME TO AN END IN MAY, 2013
Michelle Knight, one of three women imprisoned by Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro, is revealing new details of the abuse she suffered during her 11 years in captivity.
“I was tied up like a fish. An ornament on the wall. That’s the only way I can describe it. I was hanging like this, my feet, and I was tied by my neck and my arms.” (Via CBS)
Castro kidnapped Knight in 2002, one year before he abducted his other two victims, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus. They escaped in May 2013 after Berry broke free and called for help. (Via CNN)
Knight described her ordeal in an exclusive interview with Dr. Phil to be aired Tuesday. Dr. Phil told the Today show the gruesome details of Knight’s captivity left him shaken.
“She’d been hanging for days, no circulation. She still has nerve damage in her hands and feet.” (Via NBC)
Knight has been one of the most outspoken of Castro’s victims, delivering a powerful condemnation at Castro’s trial.
“I spent eleven years in hell. Now your hell is just beginning.” (Via BBC)
And attending the demolition of Castro’s “house of horrors”, which was torn down by the city of Cleveland in August as part of Castro’s plea deal. (Via ABC)
Castro was sentenced to life in prison plus 1,000 years. He committed suicide in his prison cell in September.
AP Coverage of Dr. Phil's interview with Michelle Knight:
The first of three women kidnapped and held for a decade in Ariel Castro's Cleveland home was chained and raped by her captor, who struck her with a barbell to force a miscarriage when she became pregnant and snapped her dog's neck after it tried to protect her and bit Castro, the woman said in a taped interview Tuesday on the "Dr. Phil" show.
Michelle Knight recounted graphic allegations of physical, sexual and emotional abuse and said Castro kept her in filthy conditions, sometimes naked and freezing, after she was kidnapped in 2002, when she was about 20.
Knight said Castro lured her inside with the promise of a puppy for her young son. She said she was kept in a basement and a boarded-up bedroom and once tried to escape, using a needle to pick a lock on chains that bound her. She said she made it to a window before Castro returned and punished her.
Knight said she sometimes fell asleep praying that her lock would open, and she feels she survived because of her son, now a teenager.
"I want my son to know me as a victor, not a victim," Knight told the TV host. "And I wanted him to know that I survived, loving him. His love got me through."
Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus escaped from Castro's house May 6 when Berry pushed out a door and called for help. Knight has been the most public since, including a visit to Castro's neighborhood before his house was demolished.
Castro, 53, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison. A month into his sentence, he was found dead in his cell. His hanging death was ruled a suicide, but a prison report indicated he may have died accidentally while choking himself for a sexual thrill.
In the "Dr. Phil" interview, Knight said Castro had a sexual fetish about choking her but never himself.
Knight also raised previously reported allegations that Castro had held someone else and said he'd told her that there was another girl before her. Authorities have said no remains were found at the home.
The second part of Knight's interview airs Wednesday.
Berry and DeJesus plan to share their stories in a book about their ordeal.
A horrific twist in the death of a 17-year-old in Georgia.
“They stuffed him with newspaper like he was a garbage can inside his body. It’s unbelievable.” (Via CNN)
Kendrick Johnson was found dead in a gym back in January. According to medical examiners, he accidentally suffocated after getting stuck in a rolled-up gym mat. (Via WSB-TV)
But his parents had doubts about the way their son had died. They won a court order to have Kendrick’s body exhumed and have an independent second autopsy performed on the body. (Via KRNV)
When a private pathologist opened the teen’s remains, he discovered new grisly details.
“The parents had their son's body exhumed only to learn he suffered a blow to the neck, and all of his organs were missing.” (Via WIS-TV)
“Dr. Bill Anderson said when he opened Johnson's body, it was stuffed full of newspapers.” (Via WXIA)
In a standard autopsy, the organs are removed, examined, then returned to the body for burial. It’s unclear what happened to Kendrick’s organs after the first autopsy, and his parents have been left devastated once again.
“We have been let down again.” (Via CNN)
The funeral home that prepared Kendrick’s body for burial reportedly wrote a letter to the Johnsons’ attorney that said the organs “were destroyed through natural process” and were “discarded by the prosecutor.” (Via WGHP)
The doctor who performed that second autopsy is now challenging the state autopsy finding. He believes the teen died as the result of “unexplained, apparent non-accidental, blunt force trauma.” Federal prosecutors are reportedly deciding
By KEVIN BEGOS
The Associated Press
Monday, Sept. 30, 2013
A two-decade family feud came to a violent end when a man shot dead the two home invaders that killed his wife and son, not knowing the assailants included his long-estranged daughter, authorities said Sunday.
Though the investigation of Friday's shootings continues, authorities said it appears Josephine and Jeffrey Ruckinger planned to murder her family at their rural central Pennsylvania home — but it remains unclear what exactly led to the deadly confrontation.
"They parked at the bottom of a long driveway, and walked up, heavily armed," said Cambria County District Attorney Kelly Callihan.
Josephine Ruckinger was armed with a sawed-off 12-gauge shotgun and her husband had a Derringer pistol and a .22-caliber semi-automatic handgun as they approached the Frew family home in Ashville, about 40 miles southwest of State College, according to investigators.
John Frew, his wife Roberta, and their son John Jr., 47, had just returned from dinner out, and were watching TV in the living room of the white mobile home when there was a knock at the door, authorities said.
Police say Roberta, 64, answered the door, and cried out something like "Oh my God, they have guns!" before her daughter shot her at point-blank range. John Jr. then may have attempted to arm himself with a gun, but Jeffrey Ruckinger shot him multiple times in the chest, killing him, police said.
The elder Frew, 67, grabbed a .22 revolver and came out from the bedroom to find the daughter he didn't initially recognize pointing the shotgun at him. Frew fired once, hitting her in the head, then turned and exchanged fire with Jeffrey Ruckinger, killing him. He then called police.
Josephine Ruckinger was still alive when police arrived, but later died at an area hospital. John Frew was not hurt.
Callihan said that the preliminary investigation suggests that the elder Frew and his family were victims "of a pre-planned murder" plot, and that he acted in self-defense. Police also found a can of gas and lighter fluid in the Ruckingers' car.
Ballistics and toxicology tests are pending, investigators said.
Authorities are still exploring possible motives, but say there may have been burglaries and robberies at the Frew residence in the past.
A relative, Virginia Cruse, said the daughter and mother did not get along, but that she had no idea what spawned Friday's tragedy. The daughter had "a hatred toward the family," she said.
When Josephine was about 20, she and a boyfriend trashed her parents' home and stole items including a pistol, then fled to Pittsburgh, Cruse said. After that, she said, "more or less, they disowned her."
Jeff Ruckinger worked for a tire repair company and Josephine had disabilities that prevented her from working, Cruse said.
AS THE 44TH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES MAKES HIS WAY TO THE CAPITOL FOR HIS INAUGURATION INTO OFFICE FOR A SECOND TERM WE CAN´T STOP TO THINK THAT THIS IS JUST THE RIGHT DAY FOR THIS TO HAPPEN. ITS MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY AND THE DREAM HAS BECOME AN AMERICAN STORY! GOD BLESS AMERICA. GOD BLESS THE PRESIDENT, BARAK OBAMA AND GOD BLESS OUR FIRST LADY AND THE TWO FIRST DAUGHTERS. HISTORY CONTINUES!
GOD MAKE ME A BLESSING. LET THEIR SPIRIT GUIDE US AS WE CLAIM THE SPIRIT OF OLD. THERE IS SOMETHING WITHIN ME THAT VASIHES PAIN. THERE IS SOMETHING WITHIN... (PART OF THE PRAYER BY MRS. EVERS AT THE INAUGURATION).
A YOUNG GIRL IN BELIZE IS REPORTED MISSING AND LATER FOUND RAPED AND MURDERED. OTHER YOUNG GIRLS DESCRIBE A BUSINESS MAN AS A STAKER AND ALL THEIR STORIES ARE THE SAME. TWIST OF FATE THAT WHEN HE IS FOUND HE HAS THE RING OF THE MURDERED GIRL IN HIS POSSESSION.
A YOUNG GIRL IN GEORGIA IS ABDUCTED IN HER NEIGHBOURHOOD, AND DRAGGED INTO THE NEARBY WOODS AND RAPED IN DAYLIGHT.
TWO YOUNG GIRLS IN ARGENTINA GO MISSING AND ARE LATER FOUND ABUSED AND DEAD.
A MOTHER AND DAUGHTER ARE BRUTALLY MURDERED IN THEIR HOME/BUSINESS.
AN OLD WOMAN IS RAPED AND ASSAULTED IN HER HOME IN GEORGIA.
AN OLD MAN´S HOUSE IS RANSACKED AND SOME ITEMS STOLEN WHILE HE IS AWAY VISITING FAMILY.
AN 83 YR OLD WOMAN FIGHTS BACK AS THIEVES TRY TO TAKE THINGS FROM HER HOUSE.
IF WE ASK OURSELVES WHAT IS HAPPENING, THE ANSWER TO THIS GLOBAL OCCURENCE WILL BE THE SAME. EVIL HAS COME TO THIS EARTH AND REIGNS BECAUSE ONLY A FEW OF US ARE READY TO FIGHT BACK. I AM SORRY I WILL SAY THIS, BUT LET US NOT BE TAKEN IN LIKE THE JEWS WHO DID NOT FIGHT BACK WHEN HITLER BEGAN HIS CRAZY GENOCIDE. THIS IS NO TIME TO SIT BACK AND WAIT FOR GOD TO DO SOMETHING. HE WANTS US TO HELP HIM TO DO THE RIGHT THING. IT IS TIME TO PROTECT EACH OTHER AND TO DENOUNCE EVIL.
IT IS IN OUR HANDS TO SPEAK UP. GOVERNMENTS ARE IN POWER BECAUSE WE GIVE THEM THAT POWER. THEY MUST SHOW US THEY ARE IN CONTROL. IT IS TIME TO ACT FOR THE PRESERVATION OF HUMANITY.
HAVE A WONDERFUL, SAFE DAY. GOD BLESS YOU.
"Let us be thankful for the fools," wrote Mark Twain. "But for them the rest of us could not succeed."
Is there more to thankfulness than this rather cynical view expressed by one of America's most beloved humorists?
Yes, say a cadre of kids with some rather remarkable ways to apply the apostle's mandate to give thanks in everything.
"When I broke my jaw, I am glad I didn't die," says Jordan, age 9. "When my friend broke his leg, I am glad he didn't break three bones instead of two. When I burst open my head, I am glad I didn't break my head."
Jordan, I hope you and your friends don't break the cash reserves of your health insurance company.
Another Jordan, 8, has found a way to be grateful for asthma: "I don't have it all the time." Jordan is also thankful for her sister. "She is annoying, but I love her."
Don't wait for something spectacular to express gratitude, says Dorothy, 8: "I give thanks that I'm here today. I can give thanks that I'm able to be there to help my mom in her time of need." Dorothy, I think your mom is grateful for your helpful spirit.
"You can also thank God before you eat," says Justin. "Give us this day our daily bread" is a prayer Jesus taught his disciples.
Some kids may think it's hard to give thanks for certain meals. However, Stephen, 7, says, "If you have some spinach or some food you don't like, just think of all the people who would like to have that food."
Believe it or not, a third Jordan, 8, has found reasons to give thanks: "You can give thanks for everything by looking at the best of everything, by praying and by singing his praises."
Stick with the three P's of providence, prayer and praise, and you'll never allow bitterness to take root in your heart. An attitude of gratitude sees even adverse circumstances as part of God's greater plan for character development.
If you've trusted the Lord Jesus as your savior, be grateful that the God who created this universe has accepted you into his glorious kingdom. Hold up the shield of faith to quench the fiery darts of ingratitude, doubt and anger that can ruin the peace to which God has called you.
Leah, 10, explains how providence and praise work together: "You should be thankful in the good times that God has given you something good to praise him about. You should be thankful in the bad times because he has given you a chance to trust him."
Praise is a form of thanksgiving, but just how do you praise? "We can sing everywhere we go and just praise the Lord for what he has done," says Rachel, 8.
I have a friend in Ventura, Calif., who taught me how to praise. As a senior citizen past retirement age, Fran Rigoli is no longer a youngster, but he sings like one. Walking on the beach, eating breakfast or driving to the grocery store, it doesn't matter. Rigoli sings his way through life. And why shouldn't he?
Point to ponder: Give thanks in all things because God loves you unconditionally.
Scripture to remember: "He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water. But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive" (John 7:38-39).
Question to consider: Can you think of an adverse situation for which you can give thanks?
Listen to a talking book, download the "Kids Color Me Bible" for free, watch Kid TV Interviews and travel around the world by viewing the "Mission Explorers Streaming Video" at www.KidsTalkAboutGod.org. Bible quotations are from the New King James Version. To find out more about Carey Kinsolving and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.
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I was born in Mexcio, DF of Belizean parents.I enjoy working with students and I believe that my purpose in life is to guide the minds of the youth around me, to share my life with friends and family and to respect myself and others for the opinions that shape our lives. I believe that we should live each day as if it was our last. We must cherish friendships and spread happiness to those around us. Give from the heart and you will feel a sense of satifaction. That I believe is my purpose for being on this earth.