Neighbor of Ariel Castro pleads guilty to murders, rapes, kidnappings; Priest Released, Monsignor William Lynn, Priest Formerly Convicted In Child Abuse Scandal, Released

January 4, 2014 Comments Off on Neighbor of Ariel Castro pleads guilty to murders, rapes, kidnappings; Priest Released, Monsignor William Lynn, Priest Formerly Convicted In Child Abuse Scandal, Released

Neighbor of Ariel Castro pleads guilty to murders, rapes, kidnappings
By Elisha Fieldstadt, NBC News  12/30/13

A man nabbed by Cleveland police because of the proximity of his house to the late serial rapist and kidnapper Ariel Castro pleaded guilty to murder and rape charges on Monday in connection with the killings of two women.

Elias Acevedo Sr. was sentenced to 445 years in prison without parole for the murders of the women and multiple counts rape that date back as far as two decades, according to NBC affiliate, WKYC….

Acevedo, who lived doors away from Castro, pleaded not guilty in October to 293 counts, including 173 counts of rape and 115 counts of kidnapping.

On Monday, in a plea deal, Acevedo pleaded guilty to strangling Pemberton in 1994 and killing a pregnant Adkins the following year. Adkins’ body was discovered in October….
http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/12/30/22112946-neighbor-of-ariel-castro-pleads-guilty-to-murders-rapes-kidnappings

Monsignor William Lynn, Priest Formerly Convicted In Child Abuse Scandal, Released
01/03/14
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A church official who recently won an appeal of his landmark conviction in the priest-abuse scandal was released from custody Friday, and the city’s Roman Catholic archbishop defended the decision to use church funds to help with bail.

Monsignor William Lynn was staying at an undisclosed location in Philadelphia after being processed at a city jail and being fitted with an electronic monitoring device Friday morning, defense attorney Thomas Bergstrom said. He was due in court Monday for a bail hearing.

Lynn, who left a state prison on Thursday after 18 months behind bars, is the first U.S. church official to have been charged for hiding complaints that priests were molesting children.

City prosecutors had charged him with felony child endangerment, but the state Superior Court ruled that the law that existed at the time did not cover people who did not directly supervise children.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/04/monsignor-william-lynn-released-priest-abuse_n_4540861.html

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Neighbour who helped free Ariel Castro’s captives to write a memoir, Castlewood Treatment Center lawsuit dismissed

December 27, 2013 Comments Off on Neighbour who helped free Ariel Castro’s captives to write a memoir, Castlewood Treatment Center lawsuit dismissed

Neighbour who helped free Ariel Castro’s captives to write a memoir
Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight and Berry’s 6-year-old daughter escaped to freedom May 6

AP 22 Dec 2013

The man who famously put aside his Big Mac to help rescue three women held captive in a Cleveland house for over a decade has signed a contract to publish his memoirs.

Charles Ramsey signed the deal with the Cleveland publisher David Gray & Co. on Thursday.

Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight and Berry’s 6-year-old daughter escaped to freedom May 6….
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/10534007/Neighbour-who-helped-free-Ariel-Castros-captives-to-write-a-memoir.html

Castlewood Treatment Center is on a new course

Regarding “Castlewood lawsuit is drawing to a close” (Dec. 16):

Even though the referenced cases have been dismissed and those issues resolved, a small group of people continues to cause harm by making negative comments in the media and online. The tragedy in this is that their actions could prevent people who need treatment for eating disorders from seeking help for this serious and challenging disease — either at Castlewood or another treatment center.

Millions of people suffer from eating disorders; they have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. And the reality is that trauma is often part of the illness, so when there is documented history of trauma, we treat it. It would be a tragedy if therapists avoid treating clients with eating disorders and trauma because they want to limit risks.

Our therapy incorporates evidence-based treatments and is individualized for each person under our care. Hypnosis is not practiced at Castlewood….

Our program has been thoroughly reviewed and recently received the highest level of professional accreditation from two esteemed organizations. We have successfully treated more than a thousand individuals by addressing underlying issues that help them transform to healthier lives….

Nancy Albus   Ballwin
CEO, Castlewood Treatment Center
http://www.stltoday.com/news/opinion/mailbag/letters-to-the-editor/castlewood-treatment-center-is-on-a-new-course/article_8407bdc0-e543-54e7-a031-31a6c8e748d3.html

2 Ohio kidnapping survivors ink book deals

December 17, 2013 Comments Off on 2 Ohio kidnapping survivors ink book deals

2 Ohio kidnapping survivors ink book deals
Dec 16th 2013

NEW YORK (AP) – Two of the three Ohio women held captive for years in a Cleveland house have a book deal.

Viking announced Monday that it has acquired the planned book by Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus. The book is currently untitled and is scheduled to come out in 2015.

Berry and DeJesus are working with Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporters Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan….

Berry, DeJesus and Michelle Knight were rescued in May and their kidnapper, Ariel Castro, was arrested and eventually sentenced to life in prison….

Knight is working on her own memoir, which Weinstein Books plans to publish next spring.
http://www.aol.com/article/2013/12/16/2-ohio-kidnapping-survivors-ink-book-deals/20789827/

Michelle Knight wanted to kiss the ground after rescue from Castro ‘hellhole’, More police officers to be investigated over link with paedophile Jimmy Savile

November 11, 2013 Comments Off on Michelle Knight wanted to kiss the ground after rescue from Castro ‘hellhole’, More police officers to be investigated over link with paedophile Jimmy Savile

Michelle Knight wanted to kiss the ground after rescue from Castro ‘hellhole’
by Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN   Wed November 6, 2013

(CNN) — Michelle Knight squeezes her eyes shut and cries as she listens to the 911 call that led police to rescue her from the house where Ariel Castro held her hostage for more than a decade.

In the recording, fellow captive Amanda Berry begs police to come quickly, before Castro gets home.

“Help me, I’m Amanda Berry,” she says. “I’ve been kidnapped and I’ve been missing for 10 years. And I’m here, I’m free now.”

That frantic call six months ago finally brought authorities to the Cleveland home where Berry, Knight and Gina DeJesus had been Castro’s prisoners.

The moment when police rescued them, Knight recalled in an interview broadcast Wednesday on the syndicated “Dr. Phil” talk show, was a “roller coaster of mixed emotion.”

“I wanted to kiss the ground that I was walking on and thank God for letting me get out of that hellhole,” Knight told host Dr. Phil McGraw….
http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/06/justice/michelle-knight-dr-phil/

More police officers to be investigated over link with paedophile Jimmy Savile

MORE police officers are set to be investigated over their links to paedophile Jimmy Savile, we can reveal.
By Jonathan Corke Published 10th November 2013

Ex-West Yorkshire Police inspector Mick Starkey, 61, is already under investigation over claims he acted “on behalf” of Savile during another force’s child sex abuse probe.

But today we can disclose further ­officers from West Yorkshire – Savile’s local force – may be quizzed.

We have learned that, as well as ­passing the Starkey allegations to the ­Independent Police Complaints ­Commission (IPCC), the force has made another referral.

The IPCC told us it involves “a number of different officers” who had contact with the prolific child sex offender.

A recent review by WYP found at least eight former or serving officers had attended a Friday Morning Club which the pervert held at his penthouse ­apartment in Roundhay, Leeds.

It established that most were invited by Starkey or another officer, known as “Sergeant B”.

Four of the eight were said to have attended just once, while the other four “attended on a regular basis over a number of years”….

As we revealed last year, Savile had pals in several forces, including the Metropolitan Police.

Last week the IPCC asked Sussex Police to refer the conduct of two ­detectives over their handling of an ­indecent assault claim against him in 2008.

It is claimed police told Savile’s victim his lawyers would make “mincemeat” of her in court.

The probe – Operation Baseball – ended with Savile evading justice.

The IPCC said it has requested further information from the Met and Surrey Police about their dealings with Savile.

Surrey’s two-year investigation into Savile also ended in him escaping justice over three claims….
http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/350026/More-police-officers-to-be-investigated-over-link-with-paedophile-Jimmy-Savile

Ariel Castro’s captive: ‘I told him he was a monster’

November 6, 2013 Comments Off on Ariel Castro’s captive: ‘I told him he was a monster’

Ariel Castro’s captive: ‘I told him he was a monster’
Marisol Bello, USA TODAY November 5, 2013

….Knight’s short stature, spiky red hair and lip and nose piercings belie the backbone of a fighter who can teach others how to survive in the worst of circumstances, say mental health experts who work with trauma victims.

In her first public interview, Knight describes in graphic detail how her kidnapper, Ariel Castro, abused her and tied her up “like a fish.”

With apparent poise, she described how Castro abducted her while she was lost trying to get to an appointment. He lured her into his house by telling her he had puppies that he would give her. He tied her up in the basement with rusted chains and put a helmet on her head.

Knight was matter-of-fact as she talked about how Castro tied her up after he lured her into the house….

“I hated him,” she said. “I told him he was a monster.”….

Psychologists who work with trauma and sexual abuse victims say the Cleveland woman is an example of resiliency.

“She’s a survivor,” says Charles Figley, professor of disaster mental health at Tulane University and editor of the Encyclopedia of Trauma. He says she took charge during her captivity, bore the brunt of Castro’s attacks and survived.

“Now that she’s out, she’s taking charge again,” he says. By telling her story her way, it’s clear that Knight doesn’t want to be cast as a victim, he says….
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/11/05/cleveland-kidnap-michelle-knight-dr-phil/3443371/

Michelle Knight tells Dr. Phil, ‘I was tied up like a fish’, DJ Jimmy Savile harassed top music boss’ wife at a dinner party at Tony Blair’s Chequers country retreat

November 5, 2013 Comments Off on Michelle Knight tells Dr. Phil, ‘I was tied up like a fish’, DJ Jimmy Savile harassed top music boss’ wife at a dinner party at Tony Blair’s Chequers country retreat

Michelle Knight tells Dr. Phil, ‘I was tied up like a fish’
By Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN
Mon November 4, 2013

Dr. Phil previews his exclusive interview with Michelle Knight tonight on AC 360 at 8 p.m. ET on CNN.

(CNN) — Six months after she was freed from the “house of horrors” where Ariel Castro held her captive for 11 years, Cleveland kidnapping victim Michelle Knight is speaking out.

In an exclusive interview with Dr. Phil McGraw scheduled to air Tuesday and Wednesday, Knight describes a moment when Castro trapped her in a room and tied her up with an orange extension cord….

“It’s astounding to me that she had the strength that she did,” McGraw told “Anderson Cooper 360.” “She says that she was referred to as the unbreakable one. She fought him every step of the way.”….

In August, Castro was sentenced to life in prison plus 1,000 years after he pleaded guilty to 937 counts, including murder and kidnapping….

But since their rescue, Knight hasn’t shied away from speaking out. “After 11 years, I am finally being heard, and it’s liberating,” she said in a powerful statement at Castro’s sentencing describing the abuse she endured.
http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/04/justice/michelle-knight-dr-phil-interview/

Pervert DJ Jimmy Savile harassed top music boss’ wife at a dinner party at Tony Blair’s Chequers country retreat

Music boss Alan McGee said disgraced DJ ‘pestered’ his wife Kate
Oasis boss was furious at ‘dirty old man’ but suppressed his rage
He said: ‘At Chequers it’s not done to break Jimmy Savile’s nose’
McGee also spoke of the air of menace that surrounded Savile

By Sam Webb and John Stevens

4 November 2013
Jimmy Savile harassed the wife of a record label boss at a dinner party hosted by Tony Blair at Chequers, it has been revealed.

Alan McGee said he had wanted to punch Savile after he persistently chatted up and tried to kiss his wife Kate.

The New Labour donor, who discovered rock band Oasis, said he  resisted only because he did not want to embarrass Mr Blair.
Mr McGee, 53, said: ‘At dinner, Kate was between Jimmy Savile and Judi Dench. Savile started to hit on Kate, kissing his way up her arms, kissing her fingers.

‘I was thinking, “What a dirty old man” but at Chequers it’s not done to break Jimmy Savile’s nose.

‘Kate came over and said, “He’s a pervert”. He left her alone once she was next to me.’….

Powerful friends: Jimmy Saville with then Prime Minister Tony Blair in 1998. The event at Chequers took place a year later….

Savile once boasted he spent ‘11 consecutive Christmases at Chequers’, which is four miles from Stoke Mandeville Hospital, where he abused many of his victims.

He is thought to visited Chequers only once while Mr Blair was in office. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2487217/Jimmy-Savile-harassed-music-boss-wife-Chequers-dinner-party-hosted-Tony-Blair.html

Fourth woman makes rape allegations against neighbor of Castro, Ex-council leader Derek Osbourne jailed over child abuse images

November 1, 2013 Comments Off on Fourth woman makes rape allegations against neighbor of Castro, Ex-council leader Derek Osbourne jailed over child abuse images

Fourth woman makes rape allegations against neighbor of Ariel Castro … and his three other victims ‘are his family members’

Elias Acevedo, 49, has confessed to the kidnap, rape and murder of two women who disappeared in the mid-90s
At the time of the women’s disappearance, Acevedo lived on the same block as Ariel Castro
Following the discovery of Castro’s three kidnap victims, police increased their focus on missing persons
Paternity testing shows that Acevedo fathered child with one member of his own family
By Alex Greig and Hayley O’keeffe
24 October 2013

Four women have now come forward to say that a neighbor of notorious kidnapper and rapist Arial Castro raped them, with three of the alleged victims being family members.

Elias Acevedo has confessed to the kidnapping, rape and murder of two women in a Cleveland neighborhood in the 1990s, at a time when he lived close to Castro, as well as additional rape and kidnapping charges.

A fourth woman has now come forward to report that she too was raped by Acevado, and paternity testing has shown that he fathered a child with one of his own family.

Elias Acevedo, 49, has been charged with the kidnapping, rape and murder of 30-year-old Pamela Pemberton who was found strangled in 1994, and Christina Adkins, who was 18 and five months pregnant at the time of her disappearance in 1995.

He faces 293 counts, including charges involving the rape and kidnap of children….

The Guardian reports that Acevedo led detectives to the spot where he dumped Adkins’ body in a manhole under a busy highway overpass on the Ohio city’s west side.

Remains recovered from the manhole were sent for DNA testing and test results today proved the remains were those of Adkins.

Acevedo has a long criminal history that dates back to 1988, including theft, receiving stolen property and a 2003 rape and kidnapping case for which he served three years in prison….
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2474806/Fourth-woman-accuses-Ariel-Castros-neighbor-Elias-Acevedo-rape.html

Ex-council leader Derek Osbourne jailed over child abuse images
Former leader of Kingston council given two-year sentence after admitting to possessing, making and distributing indecent images

Press Association
theguardian.com, Tuesday 29 October 2013 10.15 EDT

A former Liberal Democrat council leader who admitted possessing images of child abuse has been jailed for two years.

Derek Osbourne, 59, who stepped down as leader of Kingston upon Thames, south-west London, in June, was told that the public interest “cries out for custody” and he must register as a sex offender for the next 10 years….
http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/oct/29/council-leader-derek-osbourne-jailed

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