They endured horrific abuse day after day, year after year, for more than a decade. In the time since their escape, Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight have shown, time and time again, that they are survivors.
On May 6, 2013, a 911 call set into motion an unbelievable chain of events:
Amanda Berry was rescued from a home where she was held captive for ten years. Also inside the home was Gina DeJesus, who vanished a year later in 2004, and Michelle Knight, who disappeared in 2002.
As the girls were taken for treatment, police arrested Ariel Castro, 52, a former school bus driver.
Below is a look at a timeline of what has happened since the day they escaped:
- On May 8, 2013: Amanda and Gina return home. Two neighborhoods on Cleveland’s west side celebrate
- On May 9, 2013: Ariel Castro appears in court. The judge orders him locked up on $8-million bond
- On May 10, 2013: Michelle Knight is released from the hospital
- On July 9, 2013: For the first time, we see and hear from the women
- On August 1, 2013: Ariel Castro is sentenced. Michelle Knight speaks in court
- On August 7, 2013: The house of horrors on Seymour Ave is torn down
- On September 3, 2013: A prison guard finds Ariel Castro hanging by a sheet in his cell
- On February 24, 2014: A big celebration and a big honor from Ohio Governor John Kasich, who awarded Amanda, Gina and Michelle Ohio Courage Medals
- On May 6, 2014: On the one-year anniversary of the women’s escape, Michelle Knight releases her book titled ‘Finding Me.’ Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus are honored in Washington, D.C. and receive an award from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
- On May 9, 2014: Michelle Knight joins FOX 8 News in the Morning to talk about her new book and spreads messages of hope
- April 27, 2015: ‘Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland‘ hits store shelves. Through more than 300 pages, Amanda and Gina recall the decade they spent in captivity. Amanda also thanks Charles Ramsey for helping the women find freedom.
- May 1, 2015: Amanda and Gina speak at an event in Cleveland, thanking the community for their support
- May 2, 2015: ‘Cleveland Abduction’ airs on Lifetime, exploring Michelle Knight’s story
- May 6, 2015: The two-year anniversary of the women’s escape
Through it all, all three women have spread messages of hope, telling families of missing loved ones, to never give up. Amanda, Gina, and Michelle are living proof that miracles can happen.