Charles Ramsey heard someone screaming in a nearby house. Luckily, he managed to help the woman, Amanda Berry, who was in distress.
Because of his efforts, she, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight escaped from the house in Cleveland where they were held captive for a decade or more.
"I knew something was wrong when a little, pretty white girl ran into a black man's arms," Ramsey said later.
"Something is wrong here. Dead giveaway."
As it turned out, Ramsey's assessment was a twist on what is known among media critics as the Missing White Woman Syndrome.