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.
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