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 […]

DNA confirms: Cleveland kidnapping suspect fathered victim’s daughter

(CNN) — DNA tests confirm that Ariel Castro is the father of a 6-year-old girl born to one of the three women he is accused of keeping in captivity for close to a decade, the Ohio attorney general’s office said Friday. Castro’s DNA did not match that from any other open Ohio cases, according to […]

As Ohio women remained in captivity, alleged abductor’s life crumbled

(CNN) — It was a breezy summer day in Cleveland about a decade ago when Michelle “Shorty” Knight put on eyeglasses, blue shorts and a white T-shirt and went to see her cousin. Though she was 21, Knight became easily confused by her surroundings. Still, no one thought twice about her visiting family on that […]

Cleveland captive beaten in effort to end at least 5 pregnancies

Cleveland (CNN) — One of three women held captive in a Cleveland home said she was pregnant at least five times but was starved and punched until she eventually miscarried, according to an initial incident report obtained by CNN. In conversations with police immediately after she was freed, Michelle Knight said that when Ariel Castro found […]

Ropes, chains found in Cleveland home where women held captive

CLEVELAND, Ohio (CNN) — Authorities scouring the Cleveland home where officials say three missing women were held for close to a decade have found ropes and chains apparently used to restrain them, the city’s police chief said Wednesday. “We have confirmation that they were bound, and there (were) chains and ropes in the home,” Chief Michael McGrath […]

Charles Ramsey: Hero of abductions case, instant Internet star

(CNN) — Charles Ramsey was eating some dinner Monday night at his home in Cleveland’s West Side when he heard screaming. Soon, he was knocking down a neighbor’s door, freeing three women and a girl who police say were held hostage for years. Within hours the unassuming man, who works as a dishwasher at a […]

Who are the 3 women freed in Ohio?

(CNN) — When Amanda Berry screamed Monday evening for help through a crack in the front door of the house where she was being held, she set in motion an end to roughly a decade of captivity for herself and two other women. Berry’s case had been publicized through the years, and when Georgina DeJesus […]

Today: Predator at large, cantaloupe safety, weekend storms & festivals

1. Sexually violent predator goes missing in Lakewood Police in Lakewood are searching for a man they say is a sexually violent predator and is considered to be dangerous to the public. Officers are asking for the public’s help in locating Nick Medina, who was released from the Colorado Department of Corrections in June. Click here for more […]

Ariel Castro accepts plea deal in kidnapping case, avoids death penalty

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Ariel Castro agreed Friday in an Ohio courtroom to a plea deal in one of the most sensational kidnapping cases in recent memory. The deal, reached with prosecutors, would let him avoid the possibility of a death sentence and spare his alleged victims from having to testify at a trial. The plea deal […]

Amanda Berry appears on stage at Nelly concert in Cleveland

CLEVELAND — One of the three women held captive for nearly a decade in a Cleveland, Ohio, home made a public appearance Saturday at a concert. Amanda Berry, along with members of her family, got onstage, surprising concertgoers at the daylong music festival Roverfest. Berry didn’t speak onstage, but she smiled and waved to the […]