Knight Says More On Castro: He ‘Tied Me Up Like A Fish’
(CNN) — Michelle Knight remembers exactly how Ariel Castro lured her into his home.
“In the car, he said that he had puppies,” she said in part one of a three-part interview with CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360.”
“So I was like, OK, I could take one home to my son because, unfortunately, his dog has passed away.
“So, we get in the backyard, and I really didn’t think nothing of it until, you know, we got into the house fully — that’s when it dawned on me that this was a mistake to get in his car,” said Knight, almost a year to the day after her rescue.
Castro tricked Knight, who was 21 when she was reported missing, into his vehicle from a Family Dollar store in Cleveland in 2002, promising to give her a ride. She endured more than a decade of torture, rape, starvation and beatings, held captive inside his Cleveland home.
Knight was Castro’s first victim, but she wasn’t the only one.
Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus were also abducted and held by Castro for some 10 years. They were rescued after Berry and her daughter managed to escape on May 6, 2013, and call police.
In August, Castro was sentenced to life in prison plus 1,000 years after he pleaded guilty to 937 counts, including murder and kidnapping. He committed suicide in his prison cell in September.
Knight spoke about feeling powerless and the abuse she endured.
“I end up being trapped in a small room, small pink room, that’s where he proceeded to tie me up like a fish and put me on the wall,” she said.
Knight continued: “What happens is hard at first. You don’t really want to adapt to it. You don’t want to comply. You don’t want to do anything at first.
“But then you find yourself saying, why not? I’m here, just let him get it over with. So you slowly end up saying, ‘OK, whatever, just do it, go.'”
To mark the anniversary of their freedom, fellow captives Berry and DeJesus released statements, thanking supporters.
“This past year has been amazing, full of healing and hope,” said DeJesus. “I have also been enjoying new experiences, such as learning how to use new technology and how to drive.”
“So much has happened this past year,” Berry said. “I have grown. I am strong. And I have so much to live for, to look forward to. The future is bright.”