Sentencing Memorandum: Michelle, Gina & Amanda were held like a 'prisoner of war'

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Ariel Castro in Cuyahoga County Court Ariel Castro in Cuyahoga County Court
Amanda Berry, Michelle Knight, Gina DeJesus Amanda Berry, Michelle Knight, Gina DeJesus

Admitted kidnapper and sexual predator Ariel Castro describes how he abducted Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus in a newly released sentencing memorandum.

According to court documents, Castro lured Knight with promises of a ride and got her inside his home with promises of a puppy for her son.

Amanda was also promised a ride by Castro. Court documents state that he lied, telling Amanda his daughter was inside his home and that she taking a shower.

Gina was 14 when she was abducted while walking home from school. She too was offered a ride by Castro.

The court documents state he let the three women keep a diary. They described physical, emotional and sexual abuse and "dreams of someday escaping and being reunited with family." The entries also speak of being locked in a dark room, treated like an animal and being held like a prisoner of war.

Castro admits to "having the girls chained by their ankles, with only one meal a day, showering infrequently, while he had 'sexual relations' with them."

Castro claims he gave them all a chance to escape in May 2013 by leaving Amanda Berry and her daughter's door unlocked.


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