Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Amanda Berry & Three Others Rescued

After ten years in captivity, Amanda Berry and two other women along with a six year old girl that Amanda gave birth to in captivity were rescued by a neighbor of the kidnappers police in Cleveland said yesterday. The four people were held at the home of a Cleveland bus driver and his two brothers, all in their 50's and all in jail as of yesterday. Back a few years ago I remember Oprah did an entire episode about Amanda. I can't believe she was still alive and to find other people in the house and the child. This is crazy, and it seems like this kind of thing is happening more frequently and I wonder how many of these kinds of stories are out there in every community. What are your neighbors hiding?

56 comments:

FrenchGirl said...

it's a hope for every parent of disappeared child

auntliddy said...

Thankfully they are found. Now comes the hard part- healing. And that poor little girl!!!! And other children! May all 3 brothers rot in a cell.

Christopher Cruz said...

Those poor girls...

mikey said...

I was glued to the tv this am when I first heard this story - absolutely amazing ending to a horrible story that touched so many lives. Their families must be overwhelmed with joy. So many lost years. I hope they all enjoy every moment from now on.

MISCH said...

Oh Lord I hope her parents are alive

MISCH said...

Oh Lord I hope her parents are alive

GemTwist said...

Amanda Berry's Mom died about a year & a half after Sylvia Browne told her Amanda was dead. So... :(

Pini 27 said...

Her Mother died of a broken heart not too long ago. Listening to her voice just has me in tears.

Bastards. Apparently, they let her know that her family was dedicated to finding her, she referred to the news coverage.

I hope they all have cellmates who are freakishly large and don't bother to use lube.

Jules_345 said...

This gives me chills, these poor girls and their families but so awesome they have been rescued.

SusanB said...

Saw this last night when it was breaking news on Anderson Cooper at 8pm. Just amazing.

I suppose I can "understand" the type of crazy this guy had, but how did he talk his brothers into it? Are they all crazy? What kind of upbringing did they have that doing this was a good idea? Hope they rot in hell.

Gayeld said...

Wow.

I'm going to wake my kids up and hug them now.

__-__=__ said...

Sometimes I think the question of How many dysfunctional people can a society support before it collapses? is about to be answered.

PuggleWug said...

Sylvia Browne is a fraud.

Grand Odalisque said...

I live in Cleveland and back when Gina DeJesus went missing, I lived not far from the neighborhood where she was abducted. I remember there were pictures of her everywhere - in convenient stores, on telephone poles. It was sick. She was so young. The thing is, people here are really angry with the Cleveland Police Department, but short of searching every house in the area (and how far does "the area" extend?) how are you supposed to find people who have been locked in a house with all the windows shaded? I can't tell you how many houses in this area look exactly like the house they were kept in. Run down, not much activity going on, windows shaded. These houses are creepy, and I sure would never want to spend any time near them, but are we to assume that there is something sick going on in each of these houses? There's no law that says that you have to keep your windows open. And on what basis are we to expect the police to search these houses? Being creepy isn't against the law. It's horrific and terrifying, but I can't see how the police could have figured out that they were being held in that house. Charles Ramsey, the neighbor who rescued Amanda, said he saw this Ariel Castro EVERY DAY and he never did anything suspicious. He even said he BARBECUED WITH HIM. And they guy was a school bus driver! Of children! Ugh! It's so disgusting, and frustrating, and yet, when Ramsey finally heard/noticed something, he acted right away. It's just so sad that it took 11 years for that to happen. Thank GOD Amanda Berry found a way out.

Silly Girl said...

Sylvia Browne?!?! Good god, why do people still cling to frauds like this!! I feel terrible those girls were so close to home, but as @Grand said, how could the police even know to target this house?! It's a sad, horrible story, that has a happy ending. I hope.

SusanB said...

@Pugglewug - what did Sylvia Brown say about her?

Pini 27 said...

Grand, did you hear that someone said he reported screaming from the home in '11? The police went and reported that no one answered the door. Can you imagine the level of frustration and anger for all involved if that turns out to be true? As you say, Thank God they found a way out.

Bunnyears! said...

This makes me cry. Its so amazing. I'm happy they are rescued

mygeorgie said...

This reminds me of a page out of Jane Finch's "White Oleander" where Astrid describes walking thru a neighborhood noting the clean paved driveways & tidy beautiful houses that keep all the ugly contained in a pretty little package & that you never really know the darkness & trouble that goes on inside.

The 'average' person is very disturbing. I've had some dark neighbors: the devout Christian couple w/ 8 kids who's father/husband 'went away to retreat' for a while for embezzlement. Another church member told me he had an inappropriate relationship with his 5 y/o girl. Another neighbor who bragged incessantly about their status (vacations, hummers, designer duds)but kept their 2 y/o locked in his room while they went out for the evening because 'babysitters are a waste of money'. My most recent neighbor is a Sr engineer with an oil/gas company, a real quite & shy man, but keeps his wife & kids captive in the house. In 10 years NO ONE has ever come over to visit, the kids don't play outside & the wife is only allowed to talk to me briefly while carrying in groceries before he beckons her in. She was a doctor before getting married, not some weak uneducated wall flower.

Sorry for the long post, this story has obviously resonated with me. People are effing effed up.

MadLyb said...

I was so happy when this story broke, but now I'm wondering how many missing people are being kept prisoner in some seemingly "normal" person's house. It seems Charles Ramsey was pretty observant, and even then, it took him a year to find out what was going on over there. Thank God he got up from eating his McDonald's to check out the source of the screaming, and thank God he kicked that door in. A lot of people turn a blind eye to domestic abuse.

jennifer hansen said...

sylvia browne should be sued. she also told shawn hornbeck's parents that he was dead and he was found alive 4 years after he was kidnapped.

auntliddy said...

Yip, this man in the right place at the tight time. Thankfully!!!!!

Anothergrayhare said...

@Mygeorgie can you slip her a card for a women's shelter or something? Or call CPS? Holy crap. And God Bless these women and their families. Tragic that the one girl's mother passed away before she was found.

warecat said...

I live in the neighborhood where these girls disappered from. Yesterday was an extremely emotional day for eveyone in Cleveland. Finding all 3 of them TOGETHER is beyond amazing. Their parents never, ever gave up hope. Amanda's mother died a couple of yrs after she went missing, of a broken heart they said. This is just unbelievable!! Welcome home girls! Finally.

Snapdragon said...

Fucking Sylvia Brown. Fucking shameless huckster.

So happy for the families. Charles Ramsey is a hero.

Lil P said...

Amen to that is all I can say. I'm sure every missing persons detective must be racking their brains over what they might have missed... tragedy for all :(

Maria said...

This is the video that Enty should post. It's an interview with the neighbor that saved them. Watch it all the way through - there are no words!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=sBYwZAGFQn8

Me said...

there was another girl, i think ashley summer was her name, that went missing around there. it w thought there might be a connction. makes me wonder how deep his story goes.

his being a school bus driver is extra creepy. like scouting prospects.

Sherry said...

"You know there is something wrong when a pretty little white girl run into a black mans arms!"

Not to make light of this but the gentleman that helped her has a very good sense of humor. I'll bet he's a kick at parties.

So glad these girls got away.

Sherry said...

And that 911 dispatcher is a fucking idiot.."Stay there" Yeah right lady I've been her for 10 YEARS..I was kidnapped 10 years ago. I want to leave.

She never listened to what she said. She never knew who Amanda Berry was.

Patty said...

I live in NE Ohio. This is big news. BIG! You can't imagine the goosebumps we all have at this outcome. A friend of mine posted on FB they were found and I immediately turned on the TV. Simply amazing news. There are many happy people here today! You can't imagine the vibe in the city right now.

And to make it even better, we have a new internet senstion thanks to the neighbor who helped her break out of the house.

Nellie said...

Good god.

The Black Cat said...

SusanB, the brothers who were in on this were probably all too willing to assist when they had captive victims they could rape anytime they wanted.
It was a dream come true for these low lifes.
This is what the death penalty is for, there is no reason in the world to excuse this. No appeal bullshit, just take them out back and get it done.

Mango said...

What these men did to these girls is unspeakable but I'm just so glad that they didn't kill them.

Gayeld said...

I remember when Steven Stayner was found. All they said on the TV and radio was "Central Valley boy missing for seven years found alive." Mom and I both knew instantly that it was Steven. We were so amazed because everyone in Merced just knew that his father had killed him and buried him out in almond orchard somewhere. Strangers didn't just snatch kids off the street and keep them.

Except they did.

I hope these girls get the help they need recovering and have the long happy lives Steven never really got to have.

Jennifer H. said...

This makes me wonder about that female newswoman who disappeared years ago. I think her name was something like Jodi Hudintrude. I can't remember what state it happened in. She disappeared and I always thought she must be locked up in someone's basement. Very scary. That's been, wow, like 25 or 30 years ago.

feraltart said...

Charles Ramsay, hero. A word that gets bandied about too often is definitely appropriate here. The women rescued are incredible. Hopefully they have wonderful lives.

ma*betch said...

ok first sylvia just said the mom wouldn't see her again, not that she was dead

Little Miss Smoke and Mirrors said...

Seriously, go to HappyPlace.com and watch the Charles Ramsey interview. That guy is awesome!

Bailey Quarters said...

@Jennifer H.: Jodi Huisentruit disappeared from Mason City, Iowa in 1995. Here are two links:

Find Jodi Huisentruit

Jodi Huisentruit Case Update

Del Riser said...

I'm so happy for the girls and their families and so sad for the mom that didn't live to have the reunion.

When I grew up I knew every neighbor up and down the block and was welcome in every home. Today we are an insular society, faces stuck in our phones, notebooks, computers, TV's etc.

Like Charles, we have to get our heads out of our own asses and be aware and alert to what is going on around us, to do otherwise is to doom ourselves to missing the most important thing of all, life.

PuggleWug said...

@SusanB, Sylvia Brown told the mother of this girl, that she was dead. The woman is a fraud. I don't care if she's cool with Montel, dammit!

ms snarky said...

Sylvia Brown should rot in hell if she's "counseling" people like that.

califblondy said...

The brother of the person who heard screaming said on GMA that they could not tell from what house the screaming was coming. I live on a big corner and I can't tell from where noises are coming. The guy also said he saw one guy occasionally in the mornings but thought he lived elsewhere and didn't think anything strange was going on in the house.

ma*betch said...

did any of you watch that montel??? she said she would see her again but not in this life. she was right

ma*betch said...

and im sick of commenters using the term snarky. if you have to explain or self identify, you aren't

nudibelle said...

claps for that man standing up and doing the RIGHT THING!
bless those girls and the shit they had to go through

mygeorgie said...

@Anothergrayhare: I believe that would embarrass & offend her and if my own experience has taught me anything, it's that, unless you're family & have first hand knowledge of crap going down, it's best to be available as a kind friend. Perhaps they are just REALLY anti-social.

I think more dark, sinister shit goes on in houses than we know or could even handle knowing. A friend is an RCMP (Canadian police) & said the toughest part of the job is visiting a house & knowing ugly shit is going on, but not being able to prove it, then showing up again a year later and finally arresting someone & putting kids in CPS. It's no wonder cops have a high rate of alcoholism & breakdowns.

Erik said...

This is a crazy story. Sounds like Cleveland police have a LOT of explaining to do.

sleep_deprived said...

I love that book...

Moosefan said...

Stuff my neighbors are hiding-one makes moonshine, one has three doomsday bunkers stocked with enough food and other things for every family on our street to live for a year comfortably and the other neighbor grows the green and gives it to cancer patients. I know, because I have breast cancer and his wife gave us some "homegrown oregano" when she found out I was doing radiation.

mygeorgie said...

@ Sleep deprived: White Oleander? !3 years later I still have images from that book imprinted into me. Loved the Haiku/poem she writes at the end with passages from her mother's letters. Dark, graphic & beautiful. The movie however sucked monkey balls.

@Moosefan: You are blessed to have sweet & crazy angels (in disguise as neighbors) & all the good stuff within your reach! Bless you & prayers for a gentle recovery.

teg said...

Wow--she was abducted in Iowa and it was huge huge news here (MN), I remember it vividly but haven't thought about it in years... :(

Looks like others thought of her after yesterday's events: http://www.findjodi.com/

EGB said...

@mygeorgie, White Oleander is one of my most treasured books, excellent reference.

Grand Odalisque said...

I retract my previous statement. Based on information provided by neighbors who saw and heard disturbing things at that house AND REPORTED THEM TO POLICE, it appears that CPD fucked up big time. AGAIN. *smh and feeling sick*

SophiaB said...

Good luck with your treatment & blessings to your gardening neighbor. Sending you pink bubbles.