Ariel Castro’s Victims Break Their Silence, Describe Horrific Details Of Life As Captives For The First Time


Gina DeJesus and Amanda Berry were kidnapped when they were teenagers. DeJesus, now 25, and Berry, now 29, finally managed to escape the clutches of Ariel Castro in 2013. Two years after their nightmare ended, they are ready to share their story.

The women have worked with writers Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan to pen what is described as a “double memoir,” entitled Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland. They have managed to describe their lives as best they could under Castro’s ever-watchful eye.

In a particularly horrifying passage, the women recount how Castro played a sadistic game of Russian Roulette with them. If they were willing to risk it, he would put a gun to their head and pull the trigger. If they lived, they would get a chance to do the same to him. The gun just clicked on an empty barrel, and they said Castro walked away as though nothing had happened.

While the women lived in fear of their captor’s brutal assaults, they tried their best to have as close to a normal life as they could manage. They said they even had The Vampire Diaries as appointment television to bring them together.

If you can’t wait until next week, excerpts from the book can be found in this week’s issue of People Magazine. The girls’ book goes on sale next week.

Will you be picking up a copy of the double memoir? Share comments below.

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  • MeiglanL

    What about Michelle Knight? She already went on Dr Phil and told her story. It’s so sad how people seem to forget her when she is just as much a survivor as the others. They all deserve love, empathy, and respect.

    • Ashley Rose

      Yes they do. I think Michelle Knight went to tell her story on her own. Perhaps these ladies couldn’t do to appearances on TV just yet. I can’t imagine what their day to day life is now, knowing what they all endured. So happy they are free. That man was a monster!

    • ReliableMoth

      What about her? She already released book on her own. And her story was made into a lifetime movie that will be premiering next weekend. She’s doing well. They’re just healing and taking steps at different paces

  • Laurie Otto

    Maybe the book says why Michelle Hunt is being left to remember and share separately? It seems sad that they aren’t more of a United Front.

  • Sly Fox

    Is this site owned by Fox? Shame, because I actually enjoyed reading until now.

  • Arianda Sugar

    Watching the episode on ABC with Amanda and Gina, Amanda did say something about there being jealousy in the house. Unfortunately, Castro probably brain washed them all. It breaks my heart that Michelle is not with them too. Her family thought she was a run away, she lost her son and even now is not able to see him, but only in pictures, she came out of the house with no one. Although, what happened to Amanda and Gina, Michelle got the worst treatment of them all. She lost babies because of him, yet had to deliver Amanda’s baby. I really wish I could understand why they are not a united front, but that is the way it is. I just wish the best for them all. I have read Michelle Knight’s book and I cried like a baby. I am now preparing myself to read Hope.

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