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.
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