CLEVELAND, OH – Fears turning to cheers, and then to tears as the nation learns more about a decade of horror in a Cleveland, Ohio, neighborhood.
The tales emerging of what happened in this home are enough to creep out even the most jaded among us.
Police say they found chains and ropes that kidnappers probably used to restrain 27-year-old Amanda Berry, 23-year-old Gina DeJesus, and 32-year-old Michelle Knight, and quite possibly even Berry’s six-year-old daughter.
Adding insult to injury is the possibility neighbors called cops to the house more than once over the past ten years: ‘We seen a naked lady in the backyard and we said something to her he told her to get down and we said something to him and he told her to get in the house and he ran behind the cars.’
Police took in 52-year-old Ariel Castro who owned the house, and his brothers Pedro, 54, and Onil, 50, who lived somewhere else.
Amanda Berry and her daughter arrived at her sister’s Cleveland house as reporters, photographers and the amateur curious turned the block into a media circus.
That prompted Berry’s sister Beth Serrano to come outside and thank everyone for their support over the years, but also to plead for privacy.
Family, friends, and neighbors also showed up at Gina DeJesus’s house to welcome her home. Her mother, Nancy Ruiz, never stopped looking for her. She had good advice for everyone, everywhere.
Michelle Knight’s mother may have some explaining to do when they meet up.
Family members say she didn’t beat the streets with fliers when Michelle disappeared, and her son has claims his mother never told him his sister was missing.
But the tissue award goes to Berry’s grandmother Fern Gentry who tried to hold back the tears when she talked with Amanda for the first time in ten years, “I’ve thought about you all this time, I never forgot about you.”
In Cleveland, the city that gave birth to Superman, is now a city of super courage and super love.