1. Horrifying

    Cleveland Captives Kept Detailed Diaries

    This image from the video provided by Hennes Paynter Communications shows Michelle Knight in the YouTube video posted late Monday night July 8, 2013. The three women held captive in a Cleveland home for a decade broke their public silence in a 3-minute, 30-second video posted on YouTube at midnight Monday July 8, 2013. They said the support and prayers of family, friends and the public is allowing them to rebuild their lives after what Amanda Berry called "this entire ordeal." (AP Photo/Hennes Paynter Communications)

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    Documents filed Wednesday revealed that the three women held in Ariel Castro's Cleveland home for years kept detailed accounts of their abuse in diaries. "The entries speak of forced sexual conduct, of being locked in a dark room, of anticipating the next session of abuse, of the dreams of someday escaping and being reunited with family, of being chained to a wall, of being held like a prisoner of war, of missing the lives they once enjoyed, of emotional abuse, of his threats to kill, of being treated like an animal, of continuous abuse, and of desiring freedom," the memo stated. Castro, who pleaded guilty last week to 937 counts of rape, kidnapping, and aggravated murder, will have his formal sentencing hearing Thursday.

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