Could the Missing Cleveland Women Been Found Sooner?
Ariel Castro, the 52-year-old man who owned the house in which he kept the women captive had padlocks on doors that led to the basement and various other rooms in the house. Even his son, Anthony Castro, said that they were places in the house he was never allowed to go because they were always locked. And when Anthony’s mom divorced Ariel in 2005, the local newspaper reported that her lawyer stated that Castro “frequently abducts daughters and keeps them from mother.’’
It seems to me that someone could’ve put things together and decided something wasn’t right here. If I’d visited or lived in a house where areas were padlocked, I would’ve instantly suspected some sort of foul play. Sure, no one wants to think of their father, husband, or friend is a kidnapper who holds women captive, but I would’ve found some bolt cutters and opened at least one of those doors.
According to one neighbor who spoke with MSNBC, he said he called police in 2011 because his sister saw a woman with a baby banging on a window in that house, like she needed to escape. Though the police department denies this claim, it makes me think that someone may have seen suspicious activity at that house the past decade. It’s truly heartbreaking to think of these woman bound by ropes and chains for more than ten years, experiencing things we could never imagine and only allowed outside once in a while.
Luckily, Charles Ramsey, their neighbor helped free Amanda Berry by kicking open the locked door. If not for that, I shudder to think how much longer those women would’ve been helped in that house. For Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, Michelle Knight and their families, my heart goes out to each and every of them.
Sources: NBC News & Yahoo! News
Posted by Lindsay Page on May 08, 2013