Five years have passed since Michelle Knight, one of three women kidnapped and locked in the basement by Ariel Castro, was rescued by the police. In the recent edition of ‘Dr. Phil’, the Cleveland House of Horror survivor, announced that she got married two years after her rescue and spent most of her time traveling around the world, helping people cope with traumas.
Cleveland House of Horror Victims Were Tortured, Raped, and Miscarried Several Times
The story of Lily Rose Lee aka Michelle Knight begins in August 2000, when the woman turned 20. Rose Lee recalls that, on that particular day, she was returning home when Ariel Castro drove by her and offered to take her to his house because he wanted to give a puppy to her son.
The woman agreed and got into Castro’s car. That was the last time someone saw Rose Lee. After kidnapping Rose Lee, Castro threw her in the basement, which he converted into a torture chamber.
Rose Lee recalls that there were two other women in there: Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, all abducted by Castro in similar circumstances.
Although Lee’s parents filed a missing person’s report, after just one year, her family and the authorities concluded that the woman must have run away from home and closed the case.
Rose Lee, DeJesus, and Barry would remain locked in Castro’s torture chamber for 11 years. In her first book, “Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, a Life Reclaimed,” Lee wrote about the tortures she and the other victims were forced to endure.
Each day, Castro would rape them and hit them until they were unconscious. During the time spent in Castro’s Cleveland House of Horror, Rose Lee got pregnant four to five times but miscarried each time due to the physical abuse.
More than that, the woman recalls Castro helping one of the girls give birth and later disposing of the child.
In 2013, Amanda Berry managed to escape Castro’s dungeon and contact the authorities. The individual was taken into custody and sentenced to 1000 years in prison. Castro committed suicide the same year.
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