Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, who were held captive and abused in Ariel Castro’s home for a decade, have returned to the “House of Horrors” in an extraordinary show of bravery.
On Friday morning, Michelle Knight visited to Ariel Castro’s home, where she was held from August 2002 until her escape on May 6, so that she could thank neighbors for their support.
Amanda Berry and her father also returned to the home on Tuesday to thank those who helped her when she fled for safety, and Gina DeJesus also visited Seymour Street this week, 19ActionNews reported.
Michelle Knight’s visit came as it emerged her captor will start his term – a life sentence plus 1,000 years – isolated from other inmates.
A spokeswoman for Ohio’s prisons department said Ariel Castro won’t go into general population once he enters the state’s prison system. She says it’s for his own protection because of his high profile.
At his sentencing on Thursday, Michelle Knight told Ariel Castro: “You took 11 years of my life away, but now I have it back. I spent 11 years in hell. Now your hell is just beginning.”
As part of Ariel Castro’s plea agreement, the Seymour Avenue house will be torn down in the near future.
Ariel Castro, 53, was sentenced after pleading guilty to 937 counts including kidnapping, rape and murder.