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Cleveland Kidnappings

Cleveland Kidnapping Survivors Open Up Two Years After Their Rescue

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 04.29.2015 | Media

Two women who were kidnapped and imprisoned in a Cleveland house for more than a decade opened up about their ordeal in a special "20/20" episode Tues...

How Michelle Knight Survived Ariel Castro's House of Horrors

Posted 11.28.2016 | Entertainment

Dr. Phil conducted an exclusive interview with Ariel Castro's first victim.

Castro Neighbor Gets Life In Prison For Murders, Rapes

The Plain Dealer | Rachel Dissell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Convicted sex offender Elias Acevedo Sr. will serve life in prison as part of a plea agreement in which he admitted today to killin...

The End of An Era: Can We Embark on a New One?

Satpal Singh | Posted 11.05.2013 | Religion
Satpal Singh

For centuries, women have been looked down upon in almost all cultures, societies and countries. We forget, or ignore, that women are children of the same God as men.

Kidnapping Victim Pens Handwritten Thank You Note

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 08.01.2013 | Crime

Kidnapping survivor Michelle Knight expressed her gratitude to Cleveland police in a handwritten note, which police posted to Facebook on Wednesday ev...


Sherri Bushong Maxey | Posted 07.31.2013 | Impact
Sherri Bushong Maxey

I could tell you story after story of the survivors I see daily as the Director of House Operations for the Ronald McDonald House of Memphis, but instead I am going to challenge you to visit a Ronald McDonald House for yourself.

How Abstinence-Only Messages Steer Girls Wrong

Christina Pesoli | Posted 07.22.2013 | Parents
Christina Pesoli

When girls are raised to believe their value is tied to their marketability, the determination of their self-worth is always in the hands of others.

The Power of One

Lillie Leonardi | Posted 07.19.2013 | Impact
Lillie Leonardi

Throughout the tumultuous history of our nation, the power of one man's or one woman's voice has permeated across the land and inspired others to bring about change to improve the quality of life for the masses.

Reading the Face of Amanda Berry

Paul Ekman | Posted 07.20.2013 | Crime
Paul Ekman

This picture of Amanda Berry shortly after her escape from captivity, reunited with her sister Beth, and with her daughter Jocelyn, is striking because of the differences in how each of them is reacting at this moment in time.

On Being Ariel

Ariel Chesler | Posted 07.17.2013 | Crime
Ariel Chesler

Like many of you, I have been horrified by the atrocities allegedly perpetrated by another Ariel -- Ariel Castro.

Castro's Pets Seized From House Of Horrors

Posted 05.17.2013 | Crime

The house of horrors in Cleveland where an ex-schoolbus driver allegedly held three women captive for a decade was also the home of three dogs. Au...

So, Are You Still an Island?

Samantha Paige Rosen | Posted 07.15.2013 | Politics
Samantha Paige Rosen

How does one conduct herself each day among such partisanship, isolation, domestic and international disasters, and what seems like the daily fracturing not only of our nation, but also of our relationship with other nations? It's been a harrowing week trying to figure all of this out -- here's what I've established.

Sympathy, Not Satire

Erin Gibson | Posted 07.14.2013 | Media
Erin Gibson

I'm a comedy writer. I get dark comedy. There's certainly a way to write a biting, sarcastic piece about a monster who locked up three teenagers in separate rooms and sexually assaulted them for ten years. And there's a way to do it without using the actual victims as the mouthpiece.

WATCH: CNN's Major Get

Posted 05.12.2013 | Media

CNN secured an exclusive interview with Pedro and Onil Castro, the brothers of Ariel, the Cleveland resident accused of kidnapping three women and hol...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 07.11.2013 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week showed how celebration can often go hand-in-hand with desolation. In Bangladesh, a woman was rescued from the rubble of the collapsed garment factory, having been buried alive for 17 days -- even as the death toll passed 1,000. In Cleveland, Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were freed after years in captivity, touching off celebrations that were tempered by revelations of the horror of their prolonged abuse. With the raising of its spire, 1 World Trade Center became the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, nearly a dozen years after the devastating losses of 9/11. And though a lowered deficit is good news, any celebration should be tempered by the fact that fiscal belt-tightening has come with a high price: disastrous unemployment rates. As The New York Times put it: "Consensus about the result is clear: Immediate deficit reduction is a drag on full economic recovery." Consensus, that is, everywhere but in Washington.

Report: Kidnapped Ohio Woman May Need Facial Reconstruction Surgery

Posted 05.11.2013 | Crime

Michelle Knight, one of the 3 women held captive in a Cleveland home for a decade, was released from the hospital Friday. But Knight has suffered s...

WATCH: Survivor Of 10-Year Kidnapping Shares Her Horror Story

HuffPost Live | Posted 05.11.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Kidnapping victim Tanya Nicole Kach joins Ricky to share her story and to offer her support for the three women recently rescued in Cleveland, Ohio....

Accused Kidnapper Confirmed As Father Of Victim's Daughter

Posted 05.11.2013 | Crime

CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Ohio attorney general says tests have confirmed that alleged kidnapper Ariel Castro is the father of a 6-year-old girl rescued f...

Cleveland TV Station Issues Apology

Posted 05.10.2013 | Media

Cleveland's WEWS-TV issued an apology on Thursday after the local news station reported on Charles Ramsey's criminal record. Ramsey was one of two...

Please Let Them Be

Jamie Lee Curtis | Posted 07.09.2013 | Media
Jamie Lee Curtis

Please keep your distance and encourage your viewers and readers to keep theirs. Please let them speak only if and when they want to. Please focus on the joy and not the horror.

Rape And Kidnapping Charges

Posted 05.08.2013 | Crime

Authorities in Ohio filed charges Wednesday against one of the men arrested in connection to the disappearance of three women held for a decade in a d...

A National Day of Male Atonement

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 05.08.2013 | Politics
Dr. Peter Breggin

Maybe we should spend less time being curious about the female victims and more time asking ourselves as men, "What can we do to resist this age-old male drive to dominate and have power over women?"

Dadmissions: Just in Case

Pete Wilgoren | Posted 07.08.2013 | Parents
Pete Wilgoren

I hate that we have to live in a "just in case" world. It's too bad we have to take all these precautions. It's unbelievably sad we have to take all these precautions but we do and stories like the one in Cleveland prove it.