"Chains and Ropes:" Gruesome Details Emerge Around Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, Michele Knight Kidnapping

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Owen Poindexter
Gruesome details about the conditions that Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michele Knight lived under for a decade in captivity are starting to come out. Their kidnappers, Ariel Castro and his brothers Onil and Pedro, kept them bound with ropes and chains, and very rarely let them outside in their backyard.
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Amanda Berry's neighbors reacted to seeing her come home from her decade-long ordeal as the sex slave of Onil, Pedro and Ariel Castro. PHOTO: Reuters
 
Gruesome details about the conditions that Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michele Knight lived under for a decade in captivity are starting to come out. Their kidnappers, Ariel Castro and his brothers Onil and Pedro, kept them bound with ropes and chains, and very rarely let them outside in their backyard.
 
"We have confirmation that they were bound and there was chains and ropes in the home," said Cleveland Police Chief Michael McGrath.

The girls were repeatedly raped, resulting in five pregnancies. One of those was carried to term, but the Castro brothers beat the girls into having miscarriages for the other four pregnancies.

Israel Lugo, a neighbor of Ariel Castro, said he, his family and neighbors called police three times between 2011 and 2012 after seeing disturbing things at the home of Ariel Castro. Neighbors saw naked women on dog leashes in Ariel Castro's backyard. They also heard banging on the windows, which were covered in plastic. According to the neighbors, police didn't take their calls seriously.

From these horrific stories we are starting to get a sense of how Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michele Knight remained in captivity for so long without being discovered. It seems they almost were, several times.

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