In a recent interview, Michelle Knight said she has been able to forgive kidnapper Ariel Castro and find peace in her life.
Michelle Knight, 33, is one of the three women held captive by Ariel Castro in Cleveland’s house of horror for about a decade.
She was kidnapped in August 2002 when she was 21.
Michelle Knight said she realizes now that Ariel Castro had a disease, and therapy has taught her that what he did hadn’t been his fault, The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported.
Amanda Berry, Michelle Knight and Gina DeJesus broke out of the house in May 2013 after suffering years of torture. Michelle Knight said it wasn’t until about a year and a half after her rescue from Ariel Castro’s home that she reached a breakthrough.
“I was able to say his name, Ariel Castro,” she said.
“I was able to forgive him.”
Michelle Knight made the comments during an interview conducted by a radio host on October 18 at Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin High School in Chardon, Ohio.
Ariel Castro pleaded guilty to a long list of charges and committed suicide in prison in September 2013.
Michelle Knight said her time in captivity has made her stronger and has allowed her to know herself better.
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