Ohio kidnapping victim Amanda Berry has revealed that she was able to escape from the captivity of Ariel Castro because he forgot to lock the “big inside door” of his home.
After this door was a locked storm door, which Ariel would often leave open on purpose to test his hostages, and subsequently punish them if they tried to escape.
But when Berry began kicking this storm door while she screaming for help, she was noticed by neighbor Charles Ramsey.
“So I go over there … and I say, ‘Can I help? What’s going on?’ Ramsey told WKYC. “And she says, ‘I’ve been kidnapped, and I’ve been in this house a long time. I want to leave right now.’” Ramsey then kicked in the door, unknowingly saving the lives of three women and a child.
Police have also obtained information as to how the girls were abducted.
32-year-old Michelle Knight said Castro offered her a ride home in August of 2002.
In April of the next year, Berry was walking home from her job at Burger King when Castro offered her a ride home as well. He told her that his son also worked at Burger King.
23-year-old Gina DeJesus told police that roughly a year after Berry was kidnapped, Castro approached her with his daughter, who went to school with DeJesus. He offered her a ride to his house so the two could hang out.
Berry would go on to give birth to her now 6-year-old daughter in Castro’s backyard. Knight was forced to deliver the child as Amanda lay in a plastic baby pool.
The police report states that Ariel told Michelle that if Berry’s baby died, he’d kill her.
Castro kept Berry, Knight and DeJesus chained up in the basement, but eventually let them live upstairs to watch TV. The girls were allowed to go outside to the backyard but had to wear wigs and sunglasses and had to keep their heads down.
Castro, 52, has been charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape.