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Cleveland Kidnapper's House Of Horrors Torn Down

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Associated Press Release
By: THOMAS J. SHEERAN

CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Cleveland house where three women were held captive and raped over a decade has been demolished.

The house was torn down as part of a plea deal that spared Ariel Castro a possible death sentence. He was sentenced last week to life in prison plus 1,000 years.

One of the women imprisoned there, Michelle Knight, showed up early Wednesday before the demolition began. She made a brief statement and released balloons into the air.

Spectators cheered and clapped as the demolition began. It took about an hour and 20 minutes to tear down the house.

Prosecutors say Castro cried when he signed over the deed and mentioned his "many happy memories" there with the women. The women escaped May 6 when one of them broke part of a door and yelled for help.

Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County prosecutor Tim McGinty told the spectators: "This was one evil guy."


Associated Press Release

CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Cleveland house where three women were imprisoned and raped for about a decade will be torn down this week.

The electricity was turned off at Ariel Castro's home on Seymour Avenue on Monday after his family and friends removed personal items from it, including photographs and musical instruments.

The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer (http://bit.ly/13gYqJo ) reports that the Cuyahoga (KY-uh-HOH'-guh) Land Bank acquired the home last week and plans to demolish it beginning Wednesday.

A contractor is tearing down the home at no cost. Plans for what will replace the house on the site haven't been made public.

The 53-year-old Castro was sentenced last week to life in prison plus 1,000 years after pleading guilty to hundreds of charges related to the kidnapping and rapes of the women.

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Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com


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