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Miracle in…Cleveland?

The joyful news that three women were found missing after 10 years has stopped the Ohio city in its tracks.

The news stopped everyone in Cleveland dead in his or her tracks.

Three women who had been missing for close to a decade—Georgina “Gina” DeJesus, Amanda Berry and Michelle Knight—were alive and well. Berry had somehow managed (with the help of a neighbor) to escape through the bottom half of a broken front door of a house on Seymor Avenue on Cleveland’s Westside. She had her 6-year-old daughter, who evidently was born while she was in captivity, with her. All three women were taken to nearby MetroHealth hospital where a huge and jubilant crowd soon gathered and patiently waited for any bit of information on their condition.

Home of Gina DeJesus

Balloons fly outside the home of Gina DeJesus Tuesday, May 7, 2013, in Cleveland. DeJesus, Amanda Berry and Michelle Knight (not pictured), who went missing separately about a decade ago, were found in a home just south of downtown Cleveland. (Tony Dejak/AP; FBI/AP; FBI/Getty)

When an emergency-room physician came out and announced that all three, despite their decadelong ordeal, were in seemingly good health, the throng went wild with joy.

WEIRD

Ohio Suspect’s Son Wrote About Kidnapping

In local paper.

This is just strange. The son of Ariel Castro, one of three brothers arrested in connection with the kidnapping of three women in Ohio, had written for a local paper about the kidnapping of Gina DeJesus, now 23. Known as Anthony, the younger Ariel Castro was a journalism student at Bowling Green State University when he wrote a piece for the Plain Press in Cleveland about DeJesus, just weeks after she disappeared at age 14 in 2004. The Plain Press editor, Chuck Hoven, confirmed that Castro had been writing the assignment as a college assignment. “This is beyond comprehension,” Anthony Castro, now 31, told WKYC-TV in Cleveland. “I’m truly stunned right now.” DeJesus was discovered at the house where Castro lived, along with Amanda Berry, now 27 and missing since 2004, as well as Michele Knight, now 32 and missing since 2000.

Read it at USA Today

‘I’m Free Now’

What Happened in Cleveland

Three women were rescued after 10 years in captivity in a Cleveland house. What we know so far about the dramatic case—and the long list of unanswered questions.

On Monday night, Amanda Berry, 27, ran out of a house in Cleveland and into the arms of a passing man and told him who she was and that she had been missing for 10 years. On a chilling 911 call, Berry told the dispatcher, “Help me, I am Amanda Berry … I have been kidnapped and I have been missing for 10 years and I’m here. I’m free now.” She identified her captor as Ariel Castro, and when police arrived they found two other women, Gina DeJesus, now 23, and Michele Knight, now 32. Here’s what we know so far about the case.

Who Was Rescued

Berry disappeared on April 21, 2003, at the age of 17. She had called her sister to tell her that she had gotten a ride home from her job at a Burger King, and her family had long kept the search for her alive. DeJesus was just 14 when she vanished on April 2, 2004, while she was walking home from school. Earlier this year, a prison inmate was sentenced for telling police Berry’s remains were buried under a Cleveland lot. The DeJesus family had held a vigil in April, with her mother telling WKYC “she’s still out there, and we need to bring her home.”  DeJesus’s family had long believed their daughter had been kidnapped as part of a trafficking ring. Knight, 32, disappeared in 2000, but because she was 20 at the time of her disappearance, police believed that she had run away. It had been assumed that she ran away because she was angry at losing custody of her son, Knight’s grandmother said. Also found in the house was a 6-year-old girl, whom Berry gave birth to while in captivity. It is unknown who the father is or where she was born. All three women and the girl are listed as in good health, and were released from the hospital Tuesday morning.

OHIO ABDUCTION

Suspect’s Uncle: ‘No One Had Any Idea’

Suspect’s Uncle: ‘No One Had Any Idea’ Amanda Berry reunited with her sister in Cleveland on Monday. (WOIO-TV/AP)

That nephew was hiding three long-lost women.

Neighbors and relatives of the suspects are still in shock after three Ohio women were freed Monday night after being held hostage in their own neighborhood for 10 years. Julian Castro, the uncle of the accused abductor, Ariel Castro, emphasized that “no one had any idea” his nephew was hiding the women, despite interacting with him regularly. “I never would have thought in a million years,” Castro said. The three women, who were held hostage for more than a decade in Ariel Castro’s suburban house, were released from the hospital Tuesday morning, less than 12 hours after being freed. “You can only imagine the scene last night at the hospital with the family and friends—it was chaotic,” said Cleveland police Deputy Chief Ed Tomba. Police said one of the women, Amanda Berry, 27, broke out the bottom lock of a door, and ran into the arms of a passerby, telling him that she had been kidnapped. Police confirmed that Berry gave birth to a daughter, now 6, while in captivity, who has also been freed. Three brothers, Ariel, Pedro, and Oneil Castro have been arrested in connection to the case. 

Read it at Cleveland Plain Dealer

Castro In Court

Ariel Castro, the Cleveland man accused of kidnapping and raping Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, appeared in court Thursday morning, where bond was set at $8 million.

Charles Ramsey and the Internet Sensations

The Ohio man who rescued three women from captivity Monday is trending on Twitter. And he's joined the pantheon of hilariously expressive people—from Kai to Antoine Dodson—who became Internet stars overnight.

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