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….
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
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.
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
Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry, and Gina DeJesus Survivors of Abduction Act, Jimmy Savile NHS abuse probe: ‘Up to 30’ hospitals involved
October 15, 2013 Comments Off on Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry, and Gina DeJesus Survivors of Abduction Act, Jimmy Savile NHS abuse probe: ‘Up to 30’ hospitals involved
Lawmakers’ schedule includes bills on Ariel Castro victims’ compensation, feral hog roadkill
Jeremy Pelzer, Northeast Ohio Media Group
October 14, 2013
….HB 197, the Survivors Abduction Act, may be voted on by the House Health and Aging Committee on Wednesday. The measure would give state compensation to the three women held captive by Cleveland kidnapper and rapist Ariel Castro, as well as others held in “involuntary servitude” for eight years or more. The bill would also provide such victims free college tuition and health care for life.
130th General Assembly
H. B. No. 197
Representatives Barnes, Grossman
Cosponsors: Representatives Antonio, Mallory, Patmon, Schuring, Wachtmann
To amend sections 2743.51, 2743.59, and 2743.66 and to enact sections 3333.27 and 5111.82 of the Revised Code to award at least twenty-five thousand dollars per year from the court of claims victims of crime fund to any survivor of abduction who was abducted for a period of eight years or more; to award free tuition at any state university or college to any such survivor of abduction; to seek a waiver from the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services for medical assistance to be provided for any such survivor of abduction for the duration of the survivor’s lifetime; and to name the provisions of this bill the Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry, and Gina DeJesus Survivors of Abduction Act.
Jimmy Savile NHS abuse probe: ‘Up to 30’ hospitals involved 14 October 2013
Up to 30 hospitals are now under investigation as part of the inquiry into Jimmy Savile’s alleged abuse of patients at NHS hospitals, the BBC understands.
Inquiries had originally just focused on Broadmoor and Stoke Mandeville and Leeds General Infirmary, with a further 10 trusts added in January.
A final report will be published in 2014.
The late DJ is believed to have abused hundreds of victims.
The former BBC presenter of Top Of The Pops and Jim’ll Fix It, who also worked as a Radio 1 DJ and received a knighthood in 1990, died aged 84 in October 2011 – a year before the allegations were broadcast in an ITV documentary.
Revelations that Savile had sexually abused children prompted hundreds of victims to come forward, including those who said they were attacked on BBC premises and at a number of other institutions.
Savile had a bedroom at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, an office and living quarters at Broadmoor, and widespread access to Leeds General Infirmary….
The director of public prosecutions is also reviewing decisions not to prosecute Savile in 2009.
The Dame Janet Smith Review
….In connection with investigating Jimmy Savile, the Dame Janet Smith Review has been in contact with approximately 600 people and has had over 310 telephone conversations with witnesses, all of which have been noted. 120 witness interviews have now taken place and a number of these interviews have been with individuals who were subject to inappropriate sexual conduct by Savile. Witness interviews are continuing. http://www.damejanetsmithreview.com/updates/
rapist Ariel Castro’s death left victim Gina DeJesus’ dad ‘speechless’, Explosive tell all book by Jimmy Savile’s nephew
September 17, 2013 Comments Off on rapist Ariel Castro’s death left victim Gina DeJesus’ dad ‘speechless’, Explosive tell all book by Jimmy Savile’s nephew
Cleveland kidnapper, rapist Ariel Castro’s death left victim Gina DeJesus’ dad ‘speechless’
09/16/2013 By: Associated Press
LORAIN, Ohio – The father of one of three Cleveland women held captive for a decade says his family is “speechless” and surprised by the kidnapper’s suicide in prison.
The Chronicle-Telegram in Elyria reports Felix DeJesus made the brief comments before appearing Saturday at the Hispanic Heritage parade in Lorain.
He said he and his wife were attending the parade along with one of the other victims, Michelle Knight, to draw attention to other kidnapping cases and efforts to reduce human trafficking….
Explosive tell all book by Jimmy Savile’s nephew
JIMMY SAVILE’S nephew is to reveal shocking details of how the DJ’s famous friends helped hide his decades of sex abuse.
By Ciaran Hannah/Published 15th September 2013
Guy Marsden, 59, is writing a book with broadcaster and author Tony Horne about his disgraced uncle.
Now Savile’s circle of celebrity pals are living in fear of being named in the book.
Guy will reveal fresh details of the secret paedophile parties the BBC star hosted, some attended by his showbiz friends.
He will claim that Savile had influential members of the British legal system in his back pocket to allow him to act without fear of prosecution.
And he will also expose Savile’s secret links with members of foreign royal families – suggesting he could have abused countless victims from overseas.
Roofer Guy from Leeds, West Yorks, decided to write the book after staying silent for years over the Jim’ll Fix It star’s shameful secret life.
He said: “I have written a book based on all my experiences of my uncle from the age of 13. I couldn’t live with the guilt of knowing so much and staying silent any longer….
A joint police and NSPCC report published in January declared that, with at least 450 victims, Savile, who died in 2011 aged 84, was one of Britain’s most prolific sex offenders.
Metropolitan Police Commander Peter Spindler said Savile “groomed the nation” by raising millions for charity while using his status as a platform for abuse.
In July police discovered the names and sexual details of hundreds of girls scrawled across a wall of a Manchester record shop….
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.
Ariel Castro’s lawyer says suicide not ‘happy ending’ as victims remain silent, A Big Win for Child Crime Victims
September 6, 2013 Comments Off on Ariel Castro’s lawyer says suicide not ‘happy ending’ as victims remain silent, A Big Win for Child Crime Victims
Ariel Castro’s lawyer says suicide not ‘happy ending’ as victims remain silent By Lateef Mungin, CNN Thu September 5, 2013
(CNN) — The reactions to Ariel Castro’s death have ranged from tears to calling him a coward to demands for an investigation. But the three women who suffered in his control for about decade remained silent.
While there were strong opinions about Castro from many, a spokeswoman said Wednesday the three women would not make a statement.
Maria Castro-Montes, Castro’s cousin, said she cried when she heard the news and immediately thought of the victims. Would they be glad or angry about Castro’s death?
“I just hope these victims can move past this now. I know they wanted him to live out a life sentence, but really, was he suffering behind bars?” She said. “I mean, getting meals, sleeping in a nice, warm, soft bed. You know, those girls didn’t even have that luxury when they were being held captive in his home. They were being raped. They were being tortured. They were being beaten.”
A Big Win for Child Crime Victims
By James R. Marsh on September 2, 2013
In a groundbreaking decision, a Florida federal court recently handed crime victims a significant victory, ruling for the first time that victims are entitled to confer with an assistant United States attorney before the Government enters a pre-charging, non-prosecution agreement with a defendant. Jane Doe v. United States, 08-cv-80736-KAM (S.D. Fla.). The case involved billionaire hedge fund operator Jeffrey Epstein, who induced minors to prostitute themselves, and then was granted what appears to be a special, sweetheart deal by the Feds without any victim notification or input, much less approval….
Jane Doe (a pseudonym used to protect her identity) is a victim of Jeffrey Epstein, a billionaire hedge fund operator, who induced her and other minors to prostitute themselves. The FBI investigated Epstein and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida accepted it for prosecution.
In the summer of 2007, the government sent standard victim notification letters to Jane Doe and other victims. Shortly thereafter, it entered into a non-prosecution agreement with Epstein, but “without first conferring with [his victims] and without alerting [them] to the existence of the agreement either before or promptly after the fact.” Id. *1.
It was a sweetheart deal smacking of special privilege for a wealthy and well-connected political donor.
Epstein agreed to plead guilty to two state court charges—solicitation of prostitution and solicitation of minors to engage in prostitution—and received an 18 month sentence (of which he served only 13). Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, a defendant convicted of promoting commercial sex with a minor under these circumstances would be sentenced to significantly more time, at least two and probably three or four times what Epstein received in Florida state court. The non-prosecution agreement also contained a special provision in which the federal prosecutor and Epstein expressed their “anticipat[ion]” that the “agreement will not be made part of any public record.” Id….