The Crimes of Ariel Castro

Held 3 Women Captive for 10 Years

Ariel Castor
Ariel Castor. Mug Shot

On May 6, 2013, neighbors near 2207 Seymour Avenue in Cleveland heard a woman screaming for help and helped her kick through a locked front to allow her and her 6-year-old daughter to escape from the house. The woman turned out to be Amanda Berry, who along with Michelle Knight and Gina DeJesus, had been held captive for more than a decade in the home of former school bus driver, Ariel Castro.

Here are the latest developments in the Ariel Castro case:

Castro's Victims Write Memoir

April 23, 2015 - Nearly two years after escaping from Ariel Castro's home where they were imprisoned, tortured and raped for 10 years, two of the survivors have written a memoir of their experiences. Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus recount their decade of horror in their book, "Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland."

The two survivors - who say they have drifted away from Michelle Knight, the third woman held by Castor in his Cleveland home - recount their experiences in his "house of horrors" from their abduction until the day on May 6, 2013 when he forgot to lock them in their rooms before he left and Berry grabbed her 6-year-old daughter and kicked her way through the locked front door.

They describe how they lived in constant fear during their captivity, but tried desperately to find some normalcy when he was away by dancing, singing and watching shows on television.

During interviews promoting the book, Berry says the day Castro left them unlocked she was almost too fearful to attempt the escape.

"I didn't know what to do, my heart immediately started pounding because I'm like, 'is — should I chance it? ... He could be here any minute, if I'm going to do it, I need to do it now,'" Berry told reporters.

Berry said it wasn't until the police put her in the back of their cruiser that she felt she had truly gotten away.

"When the cops had gotten there, I told them, 'there's two other girls in the house' " Berry said, "They put me in a car and then that's when they ran upstairs to get them, and once I saw that, I'm like, 'This is it. I think we're free now.'"

Previous Developments

Ariel Castro Found Hanged
Sept. 3, 2013
A Cleveland man convicted of kidnapping three women, holding them captive in his home for a decade while repeatedly sexually assaulting them has been found dead in his cell. Castro was found hanging in a cell at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient, Ohio around 9:20 p.m. Tuesday.

Ariel Castro Pleads Guilty
July 27, 2013
The Cleveland man accused of kidnapping three young women, raping and holding them captive for more than 10 years has accepted a plea deal that will spare him from a possible death penalty. Ariel Castro agreed to a sentence of life without parole plus 1,000 years in prison after pleading to 997 criminal charges.

Ohio Kidnap Victims Request Privacy
May 14, 2013
Three women who were kept captive in a Cleveland home for more than 10 years have asked the media to respect their privacy and will not be giving interviews until the criminal case is over, their attorney said.

The three victims said they just want time to be with their families and take time to heal.

3 Women Escape Captors After 10 Years
May 6, 2013
Investigators are trying to determine how three kidnapped women managed to go undetected for a decade in a densely populated residential Cleveland neighborhood. The three managed to escape their ordeal when one of them, with the help of neighbors who heard her screams, managed to kick her way through the front door of 2207 Seymour Avenue.