Daughter of accused Cleveland kidnapper: ‘Everything’s making sense now’
CLEVELAND (CNN) — A daughter of an Ohio man accused of holding women against their will for the better part of a decade said Thursday that pieces of her father’s life she didn’t understand are falling into place.
Angie Gregg recalled strange things she noticed over the years, like how her father kept his house locked tight, or disappeared during dinner with no explanation.
“Everything’s making sense now,” she told CNN. “It’s all adding up, and I’m just disgusted; I’m horrified.”
Gregg’s father is Ariel Castro, who is in jail on kidnapping and rape charges in the case of three long-missing women.
Amanda Berry, 27; Georgina “Gina” DeJesus, 23; and Michelle Knight, 32 — and a 6-year-old daughter born to Berry in captivity — were found alive this week in Cleveland.
The women are believed to have been abducted years ago — in 2002, 2003 and 2004 — and held captive at Castro’s home.
Gregg said that when she first heard the news about her father, she “just wanted to die.”
“It was like everything crashed down, like I just wanted to melt into the floor,” she said.
Gregg has no doubt in her mind that her father is guilty and says that she has no problem cutting him out of her life: “I never want to see him again.”
Asked what message she wants to share, she said she would like people to understand that her father’s actions are not a reflection of her family.
“They’re definitely not a reflection of myself or my children. We don’t have monster in our blood,” she said.
Gregg never saw signs of the 6-year-old at her father’s house, and she never saw her with him.
But about two months ago, he showed her a picture in his cell phone.
“It was a face shot. And I said, ‘she’s cute, who is that?'” Gregg said.
Her father told her the girl was his girlfriend’s child by somebody else.
“I figured at the most he had an illegitimate child out there, you know, and I would find out eventually,” Gregg said.AlertMe