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….
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….
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….
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.
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
Elias Acevedo, Neighbor Of Cleveland Kidnapper Ariel Castro, Indicted For Murders, Rapes, Christopher Kloman, Ex-Teacher, Sentenced To 43 Years In Prison For Sexual Abuse Of Students
October 20, 2013 Comments Off on Elias Acevedo, Neighbor Of Cleveland Kidnapper Ariel Castro, Indicted For Murders, Rapes, Christopher Kloman, Ex-Teacher, Sentenced To 43 Years In Prison For Sexual Abuse Of Students
Elias Acevedo, Neighbor Of Cleveland Kidnapper Ariel Castro, Indicted For Murders, Rapes
The Huffington Post By Hunter Stuart 10/19/2013
A Cleveland man, described as a neighbor of Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro, faces 293 counts for the alleged murders of two women, and the rape of several others, including two children.
Law enforcement officials re-examined cases of other missing women in Cleveland following the Ariel Castro kidnappings and obtained the videotaped confessions from Elias Acevedo for two murders committed 18 years ago.
Acevedo, 49, was also indicted Thursday with hundreds of other criminal charges, including rape, gross sexual imposition and kidnapping.
Among those counts are charges related to the alleged kidnapping and rape of two girls, who were aged 8 and 11 at the time, according to NewsNet5….
Christopher Kloman, Ex-Teacher, Sentenced To 43 Years In Prison For Sexual Abuse Of Students The Huffington Post 10/19/2013
His victims waited decades for justice, but they finally got it.
Christopher Kloman, a former teacher at an elite Virginia prep school, was sentenced to 43 years in prison for sexually molesting five female students in the 1960s. The girls, adults now, were between 12 and 14 years old at the time.
Kloman, now 74, taught at the Potomac School in McLean, Va., from 1965 to 1994. According to WUSA, victims came forward after one of them, Ann Sullivan, ran into her former teacher while he was substitute teaching at her son’s school two years ago.
“As a mature woman, a lawyer and a mother, I was fed up,” Sullivan testified at a hearing Friday, according to the Washington Post. “I was more than fed up. One girl is too much. One generation is too much. … The girls at my son’s school were the exact same age I was when he assaulted me.”
Sullivan’s chance encounter with her attacker in 2011 sparked a criminal investigation that culminated in Kloman being charged with four counts of indecent liberties and one count of abduction with intent to defile. He pleaded guilty those charges….
September 24, 2013 Comments Off on Ariel Castro’s son carries the burden of a name and suffers the sins of his father
Ariel Castro’s son carries the burden of a name and suffers the sins of his father
By Phillip Morris, The Plain Dealer September 20, 2013
That’s when the son’s heart sank. That’s when Ariel Castro, the son, said he understood that his father, his namesake, had been unmasked as something far worse than he could have ever imagined.
That’s when he began to have flashbacks. He remembered as a boy also running out of the house to get help for his mother who was being beaten, yet again.
He suddenly remembered making a similar emergency call to Cleveland police 20 years earlier, when Castro inflicted a savage Christmas Day beating on Grimilda “Nilda” Figueroa, two months after she had come home from brain surgery.
“When I heard Amanda Berry’s voice … when I heard her say his name, I knew that he was guilty. I mean who would make that up? Who would come up with a name like Ariel Castro or invent that kind of story?”
Since that fateful day in May, Castro’s life has been a continuing series of painfully-refreshed childhood memories and haunting questions. He continues to recall incidents and behaviors that long foreshadowed his father’s crimes.
“My father was always very secretive. Growing up on Seymour Avenue there were parts of the house we weren’t allowed in. He kept a lock on the attic and on the basement door, on the garage. He nailed the windows shut. It didn’t seem so weird at the time.”
But now that the three captive women are free, now that the elder Castro is dead, having hung himself one month into his life sentence, sordid truths about his possessive and savage nature are being revealed.
Up until Nilda Figueroa found the strength to finally leave Seymour Avenue with young Ariel and the couple’s three daughters in tow, Castro, whom she never married, would often lock her in the house when he was away.
Because of his own jealousies, he would literally incarcerate her, making wild, ungrounded accusations alleging infidelity to justify her home detention. She was his first prisoner.
The son says he now understands that his mother, who died in 2012 in Indiana, stayed with Castro as long as she could out of fear for her life. But she also stayed out of loyalty and compassion for her children.
Memories of the fear he often felt as a boy, whenever his father’s car pulled into the Seymour Avenue driveway at night have returned – a daily homecoming fear that he says he suspects Gina, Amanda, and Michelle undoubtedly confronted for the better part of a decade.
He remembers now how fiercely he determined as a young boy not to become anything like his father….
Perhaps there is sociopathic irony in the fact that Castro took three girls captive. Before Nilda left with their three daughters in the late 90’s, Castro reportedly doted on his girls – while heaping regular physical abuse on the son and the mother….
“When my father used to beat me, he would sometimes tell me how fortunate I was to have a father. He always said he didn’t have one. But the whole time, I would be thinking, ‘I wish I didn’t have one either.’ “….
Ariel Castro’s son struggles to remember the father he never really knew: Ariel Anthony Castro
By Special to The Plain Dealer on September 21, 2013
The last time I saw my father was about five months ago. I was in Cleveland for the weekend, and he asked me to stop by his house before I hit the road back to Columbus.
When I pulled up, he poked his head out from the back of the house and waved me to the backyard. I remember commenting to him that another of the neighboring houses looked freshly boarded up, and we recalled memories of my childhood friends who lived there decades ago. Today, the houses themselves are just memories, and so is my father, Ariel Castro.
I’m still shell-shocked from the way these past several months unfolded. Instantly, my father became one of the most hated men alive. In no time, reporters from around the world demanded to know who this man was and what kind of background he came from. Just like that, my father went from captured to convicted to imprisoned to dead….
Ariel Castro’s son: ‘I am not my father and I can’t explain his actions’ 9/23/13
By Chris Francescani, Reuters
The son of Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro has described in detail the overwhelming horror he felt when his father’s crimes were revealed to the world.
“I’m still shell-shocked from the way these past several months unfolded,” Ariel Anthony Castro wrote in an essay published late on Saturday in the Cleveland Plain Dealer….
“I was horrified and disgusted and angered when I got the news of the unthinkable crimes my father committed,” he said.
“I still am. He deserved to pay for his actions, everyday of those 1,000 years he could possibly serve. My anger with him kept me from visiting him in prison, even when he was moved to a facility just 20 minutes away from my doorstep.”
Still, Castro said he does not hate his father.
“I learned long ago that it’s not worth the effort to actively hate someone who will always be in your life.”
Castro’s mother died a year ago. “Both of my parents are gone now, and my father’s punishment is between he and his Maker. Hate isn’t going to do anyone any good.”
Michele Knight’s first public appearance since Ariel Castro’s suicide, Savile researcher at abuse conference in Belfast
September 10, 2013 Comments Off on Michele Knight’s first public appearance since Ariel Castro’s suicide, Savile researcher at abuse conference in Belfast
Cleveland Browns game: Michele Knight’s first public appearance since Ariel Castro’s suicide
The Cleveland kidnapping victim beamed with her family at FirstEnergy Stadium nearly a week after Castro hanged himself with a bed sheet in his jail cell.
By Michael Walsh / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
In life, Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro robbed a decade of Michele Knight’s happiness. In death, he will not have that power — not if she has anything to do about it.
Knight, 32, was all smiles in her first public appearance since Castro….offed himself in a jail-cell last week after receiving life in prison without parole plus 1,000 years.
The brave woman smiled widely with her family at the Cleveland Browns football game against the Miami Dolphins Sunday afternoon….
Savile researcher at abuse conference in Belfast
The conference will allow experts to share understanding of child sex abuse 9 September 2013
The man who unmasked Jimmy Savile as one of the UK’s worst paedophiles will be among the speakers at a conference on child abuse being held in Belfast.
Former detective Mark Williams-Thomas is a child protection expert, criminologist, and TV presenter.
Mr Thomas researched and presented the ITV documentary that exposed Savile’s history of sexual abuse.
Also speaking will be Peter Spindler, the former lead officer on Operation Yewtree, the police investigation sparked by the Savile revelations.
Speakers will address issues such as the motivations, influences and deterrents to offending. Other talks will look at how paedophiles infiltrate schools, charities and sporting bodies to gain opportunity and access to children….
Ariel Castro describes abduction during FBI interrogation, Police free teens caught up in sex trafficking ring
September 7, 2013 Comments Off on Ariel Castro describes abduction during FBI interrogation, Police free teens caught up in sex trafficking ring
Nightly News September 06, 2013
Ariel Castro describes abduction during FBI interrogation
In video obtained of Ariel Castro’s FBI interrogation, the now deceased kidnapper of three Ohio women describes the chilling details of their capture and how he came close to getting caught on several occasions. NBC’s Kate Snow reports.
NBC News September 06, 2013
Police free teens caught up in sex trafficking ring
Three adults are accused of running a teen prostitution ring out of a Kentucky massage parlor. WAVE’s Sherrell Hubbard reports.
Defense: Ohio Kidnapper Fits Profile of Sociopath, Jimmy Savile BBC abuse payouts: 120 victims of paedophile presenter to receive average of £33,000 from BBC
August 21, 2013 Comments Off on Defense: Ohio Kidnapper Fits Profile of Sociopath, Jimmy Savile BBC abuse payouts: 120 victims of paedophile presenter to receive average of £33,000 from BBC
Defense: Ohio Kidnapper Fits Profile of Sociopath
CLEVELAND August 19, 2013 (AP)
The lawyers who defended a Cleveland man who held three women captive for a decade say their client clearly fits the profile of sociopathic disorder and that they hope researchers study him for clues that could be used to stop other predators.
Attorneys Craig Weintraub and Jaye Schlachet told the Cleveland Jewish News in a wide-ranging interview that while the public can easily label Ariel Castro a monster and evil, studies must be conducted to determine whether his issue is genetic, organic or “limited simply to mental health.”
Castro admitted to kidnapping and repeatedly raping the women until they escaped his home in May. He has was sentenced this month to life in prison plus 1,000 years and during his sentencing attributed his “sickness” to an addiction to pornography and sexual abuse he himself suffered as a child.
But, Weintraub said, “there are a lot of people walking the streets who were victims of sexual abuse and addicted to pornography who aren’t kidnapping women off the streets, holding them hostage for 10 years and terrorizing them.
“A lot of people don’t do that. They get help. For whatever reason, he lacked the insight to get help, or desire, which exacerbated his mental health issues.”….
Jimmy Savile abuse payouts: 120 victims of paedophile presenter to receive average of £33,000 from BBC By Tom Pettifor
21 Aug 2013
The BBC is expected to pay out around £4million – less than the £4.1million the broadcaster gave its executive board in 12 months
The BBC is expected to pay out around £4million to 120 of paedophile presenter Jimmy Savile’s alleged victims.
It works out at an average of £33,000 per person – but is less than the £4.1million the broadcaster gave its executive board in 12 months.
The level of compensation is expected to be agreed towards the end of the year when former high court judge Dame Janet Smith, 71, publishes the findings of her probe into the “culture and practices” at the BBC during the Savile era.
The review has uncovered two more alleged suspects linked to the pervert, who died aged 84 in 2011.
Solicitor Alan Collins, whose firm Pannone represents a number of victims, said: “Many have suffered substantial damage because of the sexual abuse they were subjected to by the now disgraced Jimmy Savile and to all right thinking people they should come first.”
He added: “To think that any compensation they receive would be a fraction of that paid to executives in the wake of the scandal seems manifestly unjust.”
He confirmed he is still being contacted by alleged Savile victims….
About 40 of the Savile abuse claimants were quizzed in detail about what allegedly happened to them while giving evidence in Dame Janet’s review.She heard allegations that women were abused by Savile on BBC premises or in outside broadcast vehicles while other staff were present….
The police watchdog has been blasted for probing just one force out of nine accused of failing to investigate Jimmy Savile.
So far only the West Yorkshire force has referred itself to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
Now forces in Surrey, Sussex, Thames Valley, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cheshire, North Yorkshire and the Met have been asked to explain why they did not do the same.
A Savile victim said last night: “The police shouldn’t be allowed to get away with it….
August 9, 2013 Comments Off on Michelle Knight Cleveland Kidnap Survivor Speaks Out, Catholic Boys Home Visited by Jimmy Savile
Michelle Knight: ‘I feel very liberated’ Nightly News August 07, 2013
Since her rescue, Cleveland kidnap survivor Michelle Knight has chosen to speak publically several times, which may be her way of bringing closure. On Wednesday, Ariel Castro’s home was demolished, as neighbors prayed. NBC’s John Yang reports.
Abuse home was visited by Savile
Written by BY STEVE LOWE 02/08/2013
MORE claims that Jimmy Savile visited a Catholic boys home accused of sexually and physically abusing its children.
For many years there have been allegations of abuse at the former St Francis Boys Home in Shefford.
The home was run by the St Francis Society, as part of the Catholic Church.
Two former boys have won out of court settlements against the church, which still refuses to admit to former priests abusing the residents of the home. Many of them are now taking out a ‘class action’ against the church, which guarantees them anonymity, as potential victims of sexual abuse.
There is evidence that Savile used to visit the home, as a Catholic church is part of the complex and he used to visit the church when staying at Henlow Grange health and beauty farm.
Two former boys have said they remember Savile being at the home, while another said he was told that Savile had a ‘twin brother’.
Police are investigating the claims of abuse and have interviewed many of the former boys….
Ariel Castro’s house of horror leveled in Cleveland, Religious order priest admitted abusing 100 boys; new files add to LA clergy abuse picture
August 8, 2013 Comments Off on Ariel Castro’s house of horror leveled in Cleveland, Religious order priest admitted abusing 100 boys; new files add to LA clergy abuse picture
Ariel Castro’s house of horror leveled in Cleveland
Neighbors, victims and family clapped and cheered on the street as the heavy equipment clawed away at the roof and walls of Ariel Castro’s house where he kept three women captive for more than a decade.
Jennifer Lindgren, Doug Stanglin and Yamiche Alcindor, August 7, 2013
One of his victims brought yellow balloons in memory of other missing children.
CLEVELAND — Demolition crews leveled Ariel Castro’s former house of horror Wednesday not long after one of three young women held captive there for 11 years brought a bundle of yellow balloons in memory of other missing children.
Cheers erupted on Seymour Avenue as the heavy equipment clawed away part of the roof and walls of the rundown house where Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were rescued after years of living in chains.
Crews reduced the two-story house to rubble in a little more than an hour. The demolition was carried live online and also drew crowds of neighbors and onlookers.
Castro, 53, pleaded guilty last month to 937 charges including rape, kidnapping and aggravated murder charges in connection with the abduction of the three young women, who were rescued May 6.
Knight, who also spoke at Castro’s sentencing in a moving condemnation of his crimes, made a brief statement and asked God to grant strength to those still missing and told their families to have hope. She says the yellow balloons represented those still out there waiting to be found….
Religious order priest admitted abusing 100 boys; new files add to LA clergy abuse picture
Published August 01, 2013
LOS ANGELES – In therapy sessions, the priest confessed the shocking details he’d kept hidden for years: He had molested more than 100 boys, including his 5-year-old brother. He had sex with male prostitutes, and frequented gay strip clubs.
The admissions of the Rev. Ruben Martinez are included among nearly 2,000 pages of secret files unsealed Wednesday that were kept on priests, brothers and nuns who belonged to religious orders but were accused of child molestation while working within the Los Angeles archdiocese.
The papers, which were released under the terms of a $660 million settlement agreement reached in 2007, are the first glimpse at what religious orders knew about the men and women they posted in Roman Catholic schools and parishes in the Los Angeles area. The archdiocese itself released thousands of pages under court order this year for its own priests who were accused of sexual abuse, but the full picture of the problem remained elusive without the orders’ records. Several dozen more files are expected to be released by the fall.
The documents cover five different religious orders that employed 10 priests or religious brothers and two nuns who were all accused in civil lawsuits of molesting children. Among them, the accused had 21 alleged victims between the 1950s and the 1980s….