On Monday, May 6, three women were rescued from 10 years in captivity in a house in Cleveland. Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight were kidnapped by Ariel Castro in the 2000s, kept in the basement and later in separate rooms in the house, tied up and chained.
He raped them, impregnated them, starved and punched them to force miscarriages, for all but one child from one of the women, Amanda Berry.
He's on suicide watch. I have mixed feelings. He deserves the death penalty but suicide seems an easy way out for him. Perhaps life in prison where he'll most likely be murdered?
I don't think it's right to wish him death, but I can't help but think of the 10 years, MORE than 10 years, these girls and their families have been suffering. His obvious mental illness is no excuse for what he did. It might explain it, but it doesn't excuse it.
And his two brothers, in and out of that house all the time over the past ten years? They knew nothing? So far police have released them and not charged them. And his mom, living two blocks away? Really? No idea?
THIS is why I always want to know my sisters or my mom or my daughter or my son or my husband is home safe, at school safe, wherever they are. THIS is why I have no problem "checking in" with my mom so she knows I'm home, safe and sound. THIS really could happen to just about anyone, anytime, anywhere. There are a lot of crazy people in this world, just walking around, appearing normal...