It's been nearly a year since three women escape the Cleveland, Ohio home they had been held captive in for close to a decade. Now according to an article published by People.com on Thursday, one of them not only has moved on with her life, she's also changed her name.
Michelle Knight was just 20 years old when she was kidnapped by Ariel Castro in 2002. She spent the next 11 years chained inside his home while enduring conditions most people cannot even begin to imagine. She is what some called Castro's forgotten victim. Now, nearly one year after regaining her freedom, People.com reports that Knight has changed her name to Lily.
Reports indicate that Knight has spent the past year rebuilding the life that was stolen for her. To date she has started cooking school, moved into her own apartment, and officially changed her name to Lily, which Knight reportedly says is her favorite flower.
In addition to all the other major changes in Knight's life, she also has a memoir set to release later this month. The book titled “Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, a Life Reclaimed: A Memoir of the Cleveland Kidnappings” is said to reveal the heartbreaking details of Knight's time as Ariel Castro's prisoner.
Knight, Amanda Berry, and Gina DeJesus were all kidnapped by Castro between 2002 and 2004, and held captive inside his Cleveland, Ohio home until Berry saw the opportunity to escape on May 6, 2013. While Berry and DeJesus' stories aren't included in “Finding Me,” reports indicate the pair are planning to release their own book in the near future.
Just three months after the women managed to escape from their makeshift prison, Ariel Castro, who was arrested in the hours after the women were discovered, pleaded guilty to more than 300 charges in connection with his crimes. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole, plus 1,000, but just one month into his sentence he killed himself in his prison cell.
Knight's book, “Finding Me” is currently available for pre-order on Amazon.com from $9.50 for the Kindle version to $20.24 for the audio CD. “Finding Me” is set to be officially released on May 6, 2014.