Posted on | May 7, 2013 | 15 Comments
Cleveland kidnap suspects Ariel Castro, 52, Onil Castro, 50, and Pedro Castro, 54
The first reports about the rescue of three Cleveland kidnap victims suggested that nobody in the West Side neighborhood ever saw anything out of the ordinary at 2207 Seymour Avenue.
Wow “neighbors reported seeing naked women on leashes crawling on all fours behind Castro’s house.” m.usatoday.com/article/news/2…
— Jonathon M. Seidl (@jonseidl) May 7, 2013
Elsie Cintron, who lives three houses away, said her daughter once saw a naked woman crawling on her hands and knees in the backyard several years ago and called police. “But they didn’t take it seriously,” she said.
Another neighbor, Israel Lugo, said he heard pounding on some of the doors of Castro’s house, which had plastic bags on the windows, in November 2011. Lugo said officers knocked on the front door, but no one answered. “They walked to the side of the house and then left,” he said.
Neighbors also said they would sometimes see Ariel Castro walking a little girl to a neighborhood playground. And Cintron said she once saw a little girl looking out of the house’s attic window.
Israel Lugo said he, his family and neighbors called police three times between 2011 and 2012 after seeing disturbing things at the home of Ariel Castro. Lugo lives two houses down from Castro and grew suspicious after neighbors reported seeing naked women on leashes crawling on all fours behind Castro’s house.
Lugo said about two years ago his sister told him she heard a woman pounding on a window at Castro’s home as if she needed help. When his sister looked up, she saw a woman and a baby standing in a window half covered with a wooden plank. His sister told him and Lugo called the police.
So there were reasons to be suspicious and neighbors did complain to police as early as 2011, but for some reason these reports didn’t lead to serious investigation . . . why? Maybe because it’s a low-income neighborhood where police get all kinds of calls, and “somebody pounding on doors” doesn’t necessarily sound like anything really serious. But it turned out to be very, very serious:
Horrifying details emerged Tuesday of the abuse suffered by three women who were kidnapped and held captive for a decade in a Cleveland home where the victims — two of them taken when they were still teenagers — were rescued yesterday from their captors. Cleveland NBC affiliate WKYC-TV reported that Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were repeatedly raped, became pregnant and lost their babies as a result of the abuse. A 6-year-old girl, believed to be Berry’s daughter, survived the gruesome ordeal and was rescued along with the women.
According to Tom Meyer @wkyc … captors raped the women resulting in 5 pregnancies, then beat them. Babies did not survive.
— Betsy Kling – WKYC (@BetsyKling) May 7, 2013
Cleveland kidnap victims Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus
One awful aspect of a case like this: The victims were identified — and two were the subject of substantial publicity — when they first disappeared, and now that they have been found alive, the details of their ordeal will necessarily become public, in ways that victims of sexual assault are seldom identified. It can’t be helped, but at least these women survived. It’s quite possible we may learn that there were other victims who did not survive, and then maybe liberals will start telling us about the “rights” of these criminals.
- WKYC-TV: Missing women raped, beaten while pregnant
- Twitchy: Report: Cleveland captors raped, beat pregnant women; babies did not survive
- New York Daily News: Three kidnapping victims were repeatedly raped, resulting in 5 pregnancies: sources
- USA Today: Reports of sexual abuse, beatings inside the Cleveland house
AT VIRAL READ:
- Cleveland ‘House of Horrors’: Victims Raped, Impregnated, Beaten
- Suspect Ariel Castro ‘Was a Nice Guy,’ Neighbor Says; Cleveland School Bus Driver and Brothers Arrested in ‘House of Horrors’ Kidnappings
- VIDEO: Hero, Charles Ramsey, Who Found Amanda Berry And Other Missing Girls Gets Autotuned
- Kidnapped Girls Rescued: Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, Michelle Knight Found Alive in Cleveland; Suspect Ariel Castro Arrested
- McDonald’s To Reach Out To Hero Charles Ramsey