The three women who escaped years of torture, rape, and captivity at the hands of Ariel Castro are writing books about their ordeal. Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus are co-writing a book, while Michelle Knight announced she is writing a book separately.
The three women made national headlines when on May 6, 2013, they were rescued from Castro’s Cleveland, Ohio home located at 2207 Seymour Avenue where they were chained, beaten, and psychologically tormented for approximately 10 years. The house has since been torn down. Castro pleaded guilty to more than 937 counts including rape, kidnapping, and aggravated murder after it was learned that Castro caused Knight to miscarry multiple times. The women kept diaries throughout their years of abuse and many horrific details of their sufferings were documented. During an interview with Dr. Phil, Michelle Knight revealed that Castro beat her in the stomach with a dumbbell in order to cause a miscarriage. During another pregnancy, after Knight already felt the fetus kick and move, Castro caused her to miscarry by jumping up and down on her stomach with his feet. After causing Knight to miscarry, Amanda Berry became pregnant and gave birth to Castro’s child who also lived in the house of horrors for approximately 6 years.
Portions of the women’s journals were read during Castro’s trial. You may read the Ariel Castro memorandum in PDF format here.
Michelle Knight will publish her book with Weinstein Books. Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus have yet to announce a publisher. Ariel Castro was sentenced to life in prison plus 1,000 years. He was found hanging in his cell and pronounced dead on September 3, 2013.