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….
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/michelle-knight-public-appearance-ariel-castro-suicide-article-1.1449489

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….
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-24007180

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.
http://www.nbcnews.com/video/nightly-news/52942356/#52942356

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.
http://www.nbcnews.com/video/nbc-news/52937533/#52937533

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.”
http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/05/justice/ariel-castro-cleveland-kidnapper-death/index.html

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….

A. Facts

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….
http://www.childlaw.us/2013/09/a-big-win-for-child-crime-vict.html

Houses next to Castro’s torn down, violent child abuse, Irish priest arrested

August 27, 2013 Comments Off on Houses next to Castro’s torn down, violent child abuse, Irish priest arrested

Houses next to Ariel Castro’s former Seymour Avenue property torn down

By Cory Shaffer  Northeast Ohio Media Group
August 26, 2013

CLEVELAND, Ohio — For the second time this month, excavators were biting into homes on Seymour Avenue Monday.

The Cuyahoga Land Bank began demolishing two homes that sit between a vacant lot and the former site of Ariel Castro’s house at about 7 a.m. Monday….
http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2013/08/houses_next_to_ariel_castros_s.html

Irish priest arrested in Tenerife over claims he abused boys in Britain over a 36-year period

Francis Paul Cullen was arrested in the town of Arona
He is wanted for alleged indecent assaults in southern Derbyshire
Altar boys aged 7, 8 and 12 when first allegedly abused
It is claimed abuse took place between 1955 and 1991
By Anthony Bond 24 August 2013

…It is claimed the abuses took place in religious centres and churches….http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2401437/Priest-Francis-Paul-Cullen-arrested-claims-abused-boys-37-year-period.html

Sexually explicit photos of bound, gagged children spur arrest of Wilton Manors man
Warning: Story contains explicit content
By Tonya Alanez, Sun Sentinel
August 26, 2013

Children as young as 6, bound and gagged in sexually explicit photos, and online chat logs expressing the desire to torture, rape and massacre young children have spurred the arrest of a Wilton Manors man, according to a federal criminal complaint.

Christopher Holmes, 55, a commercial pilot, was arrested on child pornography charges Friday after an examination of his laptop computer turned up the images, including one that appeared to depict “a dead child covered with lacerations and feces,” the complaint said.

“At this point, they’re only allegations in a complaint,” said Holmes’ Fort Lauderdale attorney, Mike Dutko. “There’s been no formal charge, and I have yet to see any evidence first hand.”

Holmes is in the Broward Main Jail….

The laptop search also uncovered an Aug. 6 chat log with “sadistic and violent descriptions of child rape, torture and murder,” the complaint said.

That log contained about three pages of dialogue between Holmes and an unidentified person with the screen name “Jimmy Wright,” in which Holmes described “in detail his desire to torture, rape and then massacre young children at a school,” the complaint said.
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/fl-pilot-child-porn-charges-20130826,0,5265997.story

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.”….
http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/defense-ariel-castro-plea-spared-victim-anguish-20003086

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….
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/jimmy-savile-abuse-payouts-120-2195306

Michelle Knight Cleveland Kidnap Survivor Speaks Out, Catholic Boys Home Visited by Jimmy Savile

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.
http://www.nbcnews.com/video/nightly-news/52698653#52698653

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….
http://www.bedfordshire-news.co.uk/News/Abuse-home-was-visited-by-Savile-20130802170000.htm

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….
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/08/07/ariel-castro-cleveland-house-abduction/2626855/

Religious order priest admitted abusing 100 boys; new files add to LA clergy abuse picture
Published August 01, 2013
Associated Press

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….
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/08/01/religious-order-priest-admitted-abusing-100-boys-new-files-add-to-la-clergy/

Ariel Castro’s home to be demolished, Rolf Harris faces new Yewtree sex offences allegations, Sister of mystery man with amnesia says family had no idea where he was

August 7, 2013 Comments Off on Ariel Castro’s home to be demolished, Rolf Harris faces new Yewtree sex offences allegations, Sister of mystery man with amnesia says family had no idea where he was

Ariel Castro’s home to be demolished Wednesday
Jennifer Lindgren, WKYC-TV, Cleveland August 6, 2013
CLEVELAND — The Cleveland home where Ariel Castro held three young women for more than a decade will be begin to be demolished Wednesday morning. The demolition comes less than a week after he was sentenced.

After Ariel Castro’s sentencing last week, Cuyahoga County (Ohio) Prosecutor Tim McGinty said the plan was to raze the house as soon as possible.

Castro, who was sentenced to life, plus 1,000 years, without the possibility of parole repeatedly denied during his sentencing that he had tortured Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight after he kidnapped them between 2002 to 2004, holding them captive in his home until Berry managed to escape and alert a neighbor May 6.

Castro, 53, pleaded guilty to 937 charges, including aggravated murder, rape and kidnapping, to avoid the death penalty.

The house on Seymour Avenue is not only condemned, it represents the horrors the three survivors faced for 10 years….
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/08/06/ariel-castro-home-coming-down/2625501/

Rolf Harris faces new Yewtree sex offences allegations
Rolf Harris Rolf Harris has been a fixture on British TV screens for more than 40 years   5 August 2013

Australian entertainer Rolf Harris has been re-arrested by police over further allegations of sexual offences.

He was first arrested in March by officers from Operation Yewtree, set up after claims of sex abuse were made against BBC presenter Jimmy Savile.

His arrests are not connected to the Savile investigation.

The Metropolitan Police said an 83-year-old had been “further arrested in connection with further allegations”, and rebailed until later in August.

Operation Yewtree was set up following the death of Savile in 2011, when hundreds of sex abuse allegations came to light.

The Met Police have not named Mr Harris, instead describing him as Yewtree 5.

He has been a fixture on British TV screens for more than 40 years, having arrived in the UK from his native Australia in 1952.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-23581847

Sister of mystery man with amnesia says family had no idea where he was
16 Jul 2013

By Andrew Rafferty, Staff Writer, NBC News

A mysterious Florida man who awoke in a California hotel room with no recollection of his past has a sister, it was revealed Tuesday— and she says she hasn’t seen her brother in about 10 years and did not know if he was alive or dead.

Michael Boatwright, 61, was found unconscious in a Motel 6 room in Palm Springs, Cali. four months ago. When he regained consciousness, he called himself John Ek and, bizarrely, spoke only Swedish, The Desert Sun reported.

The newspaper was able to track down Michelle Brewer, Boatwright’s sister, in Louisiana. She said she and her family had no idea where her brother was and had no way to get in touch with him.

“He’s always been just a wanderer. Then he’d come back when he needed some money or something from somebody. Then he’d take off again,” Brewer told the Sun.

Authorities have struggled to piece together the story of the mystery man….

Doctors diagnosed Boatwright with Transient Global Amnesia in March. The condition can last for several months and is often triggered by trauma. It was unclear what, if any, trauma Boatwright may have experienced.

Friends told the Desert Sun that Boatwright was raised in Florida and first visited Sweden in 1981.

While there he fell in love with Ewa Espling, who told the newspaper that the two had planned to marry but that Boatwright was haunted by nightmares of what he saw during the Vietnam War….
http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/07/16/19503246-sister-of-mystery-man-with-amnesia-says-family-had-no-idea-where-he-was

 

Castro’s statement: Classic signs of a narcissistic sociopath, experts say, ‘Most of the sex … was consensual’: Castro’s blame-the-victim act all too familiar, abuse experts say, Thousands protest freeing of Spanish pedophile in Morocco

August 3, 2013 Comments Off on Castro’s statement: Classic signs of a narcissistic sociopath, experts say, ‘Most of the sex … was consensual’: Castro’s blame-the-victim act all too familiar, abuse experts say, Thousands protest freeing of Spanish pedophile in Morocco

Castro’s statement: Classic signs of a narcissistic sociopath, experts say

By Jeff Black, Staff Writer, NBC News 8/1/2013

Ariel Castro’s rambling 20-minute statement in court Thursday, in which he repeatedly said, “I am not a monster,” showed signs of a criminal sociopath whose narcissism doesn’t allow him to express remorse, experts say.

Sure, Castro apologized to the three Cleveland women he kidnapped, raped and held captive for a decade, but he spent most of his statement denying personal responsibility.

In opening remarks, Castro’s defense attorney Craig Weintraub said his client suffered from “significant undiagnosed mental illness” that did not rise to the legal definition of insanity.

That may be true, but Dr. Mark Levy, a forensic psychiatrist in California who frequently testifies at criminal trials, told NBC News Thursday that Castro is showing classic signs of sociopathic behavior….

“Many, many people in prison have the diagnoses of antisocial personality. They’re people who have limited, if any conscience and are very narcissistic,” noted Levy. “They see the world through their own eyes and have an exploitive view toward interpersonal behavior.

“The kinds of statements he’s making are antisocial. He won’t take ownership. He’s paying lip service to an apology. Everything  is self-serving and self-gratifying,” Levy said….
http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/08/01/19823989-castros-statement-classic-signs-of-a-narcissistic-sociopath-experts-say

‘Most of the sex … was consensual’: Castro’s blame-the-victim act all too familiar, abuse experts say
Maggie Fox NBC News   Aug. 1, 2013

Ariel Castro’s words at his sentencing hearing on Thursday are almost jaw-dropping. Given a chance to speak before he was sentenced to life in prison, plus a thousand years for aggravated murder and for holding three young women captive for 11 years, he repeatedly blamed his victims.

He denied he raped and beat Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, claiming instead that they asked him for sex and that his sexual addiction was to blame. He even said the abuse couldn’t have been that bad because DeJesus “looks normal.” While many onlookers were astonished, abuse experts said they hear that kind of language and justification every day.

NBC News asked them to weigh in on specific comments Castro made:

“Most of the sex that went on in that house, probably all of it, was consensual,” Castro said. “These allegations about being forceful on them — that is totally wrong. Because there was times where they’d even ask me for sex –many times. And I learned that these girls were not virgins. From their testimony to me, they had multiple partners before me, all three of them.”

The denial and rationalization comes as no shock to experts on rape and abuse. In fact, they say, it’s typical that men who rape or batter women will deny they did anything wrong, and even that the victim was “asking for it”….

“I was taken aback [by Castro’s statements] but at the same time not shocked by it,” says Jennifer Marsh, vice president of victim services for RAINN, the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network. “It’s somebody who was not willing to accept that what they did was wrong and who may have convinced themselves that what they are doing is not wrong or justified. It read like the way that a perpetrator thinks.”

According to RAINN, someone is sexually assaulted in the United States every two minutes, and only three out of every 100 rapists ever spends any time in jail….

“Until society decides this is unacceptable, it will continue to happen,” says Flowers. “People really have to move from colluding with battering behavior. They have to interrupt the silence.”
http://www.nbcnews.com/health/most-sex-was-consensual-castros-blame-victim-all-too-familiar-6C10821794


Thousands protest freeing of Spanish pedophile in Morocco
(PHOTOS)
August 03, 2013

Riot police broke up a rally in Morocco where thousands of people protested a decision by the country’s king to pardon a Spanish pedophile who raped 11 local children. The pardon came at the request of Spain’s King Juan Carlos.

Spanish citizen Daniel Fino Galvan, 64, was jailed for 30 years in 2011 by a court in the city of Kenitra, some 40 kilometers north of the Moroccan capital, Rabat, for raping 11 children, aged between 4 and 15. He was convicted after the videos he made of his crimes were used as evidence.

Moroccans infuriated by the pardon gathered in their thousands to the center of Rabat on Friday, where they clashed with police in front of the parliament building. Dozens of protesters, including reporters and photographers, were injured in clashes after police were ordered to disperse the rally….
http://rt.com/news/morocco-pedophile-pardon-protests-991/

Judge sentences Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro to life, plus 1,000 years, Diaries kept by Ariel Castro’s captives paint picture of torment, trauma, Aboriginal children used in medical tests, commissioner says

August 2, 2013 Comments Off on Judge sentences Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro to life, plus 1,000 years, Diaries kept by Ariel Castro’s captives paint picture of torment, trauma, Aboriginal children used in medical tests, commissioner says

Judge sentences Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro to life, plus 1,000 years By Drew Griffin, Chelsea J. Carter and Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN  Thu August 1, 2013

Cleveland (CNN) — In handing down a sentence of life in prison plus 1,000 years to Ariel Castro, an Ohio judge told the kidnapper on Thursday that there was no place in the world for his brand of criminal.

Castro pleaded guilty to 937 counts, including murder and kidnapping, in connection with the kidnapping and abuse of Michelle Knight, Georgina DeJesus and Amanda Berry, whom he held captive for a decade in his Cleveland home. As part of the plea deal, the death penalty was taken off the table.

“You don’t deserve to be out in our community,” Cuyahoga County Judge Michael Russo said after an hours-long hearing in which Castro, at times, appeared to defend his actions. “You’re too dangerous.”

In his oft-disjointed statement to the court, Castro referred to himself as “very emotional” and “a happy person inside.”

Despite his repeated insistence that he wasn’t making excuses for his conduct, Castro played the victim….

Russo handed down the stiffest sentence allowed as part of the deal after investigators, psychologists and one of the victims painted a horrifying picture of physical and emotional abuse at the hands of Castro, including brutal beatings and repeated rapes that resulted in pregnancies that he would terminate by punching the women in the stomach.

All three women kept diaries, with Castro’s permission, that provided many of the details of their abuse….

In a pre-sentencing evaluation, Dr. Frank Ochberg, a pioneer in trauma science, wrote that Knight suffered “the longest and most severely.”

“It was Michelle who served as doctor, nurse, midwife and pediatrician during the birth (of Berry’s child). She breathed life into that infant when she wasn’t breathing,” he wrote. “At other times, she interceded when Castro sought to abuse Gina, interposing herself and absorbing physical and sexual trauma. But each survivor had a will to prevail and used that will to live through the ordeal.”….

Wearing eyeglasses and an orange prison uniform, the shackled Castro characterized his crimes in a far gentler light than did the book-length indictment against him: “I’m not a violent person. I simply kept them there so they couldn’t leave.”

Testimony from authorities and mental health experts didn’t jibe with Castro’s recollection, however. Police recalled how the women were forced to play Russian roulette and how Castro would throw money at them after raping them….
http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/01/justice/ohio-castro/index.html

Diaries kept by Ariel Castro’s captives paint picture of torment, trauma
By Emma Lacey-Bordeaux , CNN Thu August 1, 2013

(CNN) — Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus weren’t in the Cleveland courtroom Thursday for the sentencing of their captor, Ariel Castro. But their words, recorded in diaries, gave authorities a window into the horror they suffered for a decade.

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty wrote about the diaries in a sentencing memo. Berry, DeJesus and Michelle Knight did “everything humanly possible to retain a sense of normalcy” McGinty said, including marking the passage of time through written diaries.

The diaries provide further details of the women’s life and torment. McGinty reveals that one diary’s descriptions of abuse provided evidence his office used for many of the specific counts against Castro.

Castro has pleaded guilty to 937 counts of kidnapping, rape and murder. Diaries kept by the women contain descriptions of these crimes, including sexual abuse, being locked in a dark room and being chained to a wall. McGinty says other entries contain anticipation of abuse yet to come, including Castro’s death threats. But the diaries also showed traces of hope, including “the dreams of someday escaping and being reunited with family.”

Amanda Berry’s entries focused on her mother, according to psychiatrist Frank Ochberg’s assessment of the women’s captivity as part of the sentencing statement. Ochberg, an expert in trauma, wrote that the diaries showed the women’s “will to prevail.”….
http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/01/justice/castro-diaries/index.html

Aboriginal children used in medical tests, commissioner says
Truth and Reconciliation Commission seeks further documentation on tests
CBC News Jul 31, 2013

Aboriginal Canadians were not only subjected to nutritional experiments by the federal government in the 1940s and 1950s but were also used as medical test subjects, says the chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

In an interview with CBC Radio’s All Points West on Tuesday, Justice Murray Sinclair told host Jo-Ann Roberts that commission staff has “seen the documents that relate to the experiments that were conducted in residential schools.”

Other documents related to experimentation in aboriginal communities outside of residential schools have not yet been obtained, Sinclair said.

“We do know that there were research initiatives that were conducted with regard to medicines that were used ultimately to treat the Canadian population. Some of those medicines were tested in aboriginal communities and residential schools before they were utilized publicly.”
Sinclair said some of those medicines developed were then withheld from the same aboriginal children they were originally tested on….

The residential schools system, which ran from the 1870s until the 1990s, removed about 150,000 aboriginal children from their families and sent them to church-run schools under a deliberate policy of “civilizing” First Nations.

Many students were physically, mentally and sexually abused. Some committed suicide. Mortality rates reached 50 per cent at some schools….
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2013/07/31/medical-testing-on-aboriginals-murray-sinclair-trc.html

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