News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Wayside Furniture

The Holden Arboretum

Meaden & Moore


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Courts and Crime


Family of abducted Cleveland woman says it forgives, but won't forget
Two of three women imprisoned for a decade returned home Wednesday, just hours before the man accused of abducting them was charged.
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


Web Editor
M.L. Schultze
 
Gina DeJesus' aunt, Sandra Ruiz, says God will judge Ariel Castro.
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

Even before Ariel Castro was charged, the family of one of the women he’s accused of imprisoning for nearly a decade spoke of forgiveness.

LISTEN to the family of Gina DeJesus

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (1:23)


The man accused of abducting and imprisoning Gina DeJesus and two other women for the last decade has his first appearance this morning in Cleveland  Municipal Court. Ariel Castro is accused of three counts of rape and four of kidnapping.

And Cleveland police say more charges may be coming against 52-year-old former school bus driver.

The family of DeJesus – who was 14 when she disappeared -- had welcomed her home just a few hours before the charges were announced. They spoke to hundreds of reporters and onlookers and celebrated the moment. Aunt Sandra Ruiz said judgment of DeJesus’ alleged captor  must be left to others.

“Because we are all God’s children, our family forgives him. But we won’t forget. When he goes up, he’ll have to respond to the high and mighty up there. I can’t judge. I’m not perfect, you’re not perfect.”  

Police found DeJesus and Michelle Knight in Castro’s Seymour Avenue house Monday evening after another of the women, Amanda Berry, broke free. Berry escaped with her 6-year-old daughter, and the fourth kidnapping charge is related to the child.  Castro’s two brothers were arrested with him Monday night, but both have been cleared.

  • Here’s the timeline of the case of three Cleveland women who vanished from their near west-side neighborhood a decade ago and were found Monday in a home some two miles away.
  • Aug. 23, 2002: Michelle Knight disappears from her cousin’s house near W. 106th Street and Lorain Avenue.  She’s legally an adult, and police speculate that she left because she’d lost temporary custody of her son. Her mother never believed that.
  • April 21, 2003: 16-year-old Amanda Berry never returns from work at a Burger King on Lorain and West 110th Street. Her mother, Louwana Miller, begins a search for her daughter that ends only when the 44-year-old Louwana dies in 2006.
  • January 2004: Ariel Castro is a school bus driver. Police go to his home at 2207 Seymour Ave. after Child and Family Services tells them he had left a child unattended on a bus. Police decide there was no criminal intent.
  • April 2, 2004: Georgina "Gina" DeJesus, 14, disappears while walking home from Wilbur Wright Middle School where she attended special education classes. She’s last seen at the corner of Lorain Avenue and 105th Street.
  • 2005: Police and FBI agents continue the investigation, offering a $20,000 reward for details that lead to discovery of DeJesus or Berry.
  • April 2009: The FBI broadens its investigation to include another girl, 14-year-old Ashley Summers, who had disappeared in 2007.  She later contacts her family.
  • Police also test the DNA on a body found in Wisconsin.
  • January 2013: Convicted killer and inmate Robert Wolford is sentenced to 4 ½ years on of obstruction of justice and other charges. He gave police a false tip that said Berry’s body was buried on a vacant lot in Cleveland. Police spent 18 hours searching the lot.
  • May 6, 2013: Berry breaks through a screen door of the house on Seymour with the help of neighbors and escapes with a 6-year-old girl she identifies on the 9-1-1 call as her daughter. Police respond and find Knight and DeJesus inside.
  • Three brothers, Ariel Castro, Pedro Castro and Onil Castro, are arrested. Police prepare charges.
  • May 7, 2013: The women, Berry, now 27; DeJesus, now 23, and Michelle Knight, 32, are released from MetroHealth Medical Center.
  • May 8, 2013: Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus return home. Knight is readmitted to Metrohealth in good condition.
  • Ariel Castro is charged with four counts of kidnapping and three of rape. Brothers Pedro and Onil are cleared of all charges and release.
  • May 9, 2013: Ariel Castro is to be arraigned in Cleveland Municipal Court, where the case is expected to be turned over the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.
Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Ohio's Supreme Court narrowly upholds Ashford Thompson's death sentence
"Justices" William O’Neill, Paul Pfeifer and Judith Lanzinger should all be immediately removed from the court. If they could actually believe that this murde...

Ohio's Sen. Brown is pushing for more assistance for homeless vets
That would be a great program to have for the homeless vets. Many of them are still suffering from PTSD even from the Vietnam war.

Lordstown GM plant plans to install 8,500 solar panels
How much will this solar array cost? How is it being funded, and who is really paying for it? How much real useful electricity will it actually produce in MEh p...

Local Ebola concerns cause officials to pay more attention to West Africa
I have a better idea, let's secure our borders and spend those billions of dollars on our own first.

HUD and Cuyahoga Land Bank extend a housing deal for another year
Need to sale lot, and would like to know how to contact someone to see if they may be interested in the property that sat between two lots. If you can give me...

Akron Beacon Journal details abuse claims against televangelist Angley
In the early 90's I went forth for pray. And the man was anointed by the hand of God. Just a fact I will never forget

Lawmaker questions why a million voters didn't get absentee applications
He's a damn lie! I vote n all elections. I missed 1. Haven't gotten my absentee ballot and their making it hard to get one.

Thirsty Dog Brewery warns it might have to leave Akron
Why is it the city's responsibility to find this guy a location? There are a hundred realestate companies that could help him.

Kent State sends home three after contact with second Ebola-stricken nurse
Why weren't all health workers who were around Duncan quaranteened for 21 days and tested for Ebola? That's a no-brainer. Why was Vinson allowed to travel right...

Copyright © 2014 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University