If you haven't been following this story, its truly unbelievable. It takes place in Cleveland, Ohio. Three young girls were kidnapped separately by a sick man about a decade ago. The women are Amanda Berry (now 27) who was kidnapped in 2003 just before her 17th birthday; Gina DeJesus (now 23) who was kidnapped in 2004; and Michelle Knight (now 32) who was kidnapped in 2002 at the age of 20.
It was the heroic efforts of Amanda Berry and a neighbor Charles Ramsey which ultimately led to the women's rescue. When left alone in the house, Berry began banging and screaming at the front door. Luckily Charles Ramsey heard Berry, kicked in the bottom of the locked door and freed Berry. Berry then used Ramsey's phone to call the police in a chilling 911 call where she states, "Help me! I'm Amanda Berry. ... I've been kidnapped and I've been missing for 10 years and I'm here. I'm free now." The police arrived and rescued the other women and also found a 6 year old girl believed to be Berry's daughter. The women were all taken to the hospital to be evaluated and reunited with family and friends.
Three men have been arrested: Ariel Castro, 52, who lived at the home, and his brothers, Pedro and O'Neal, also in their 50s but living at a different location.
What an unbelievable story. We are all thankful that they are alive and can be reunited with their friends and family, though I can't even imagine the trauma they have endured over the last decade. I'm sure those chilling details will be released in due time.