Horrific details are still trickling out about the decade-long captivity endured by Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight allegedly at the hands of Ariel Castro in his house of horrors. The new details are so depraved that it will make your heart ache for these girls even more than it already does. Sources say that there is a reason the only photo of the women after their rescue is of Amanda Berry, who was seen in the hospital with her sister and daughter born into captivity, Jocelyn. Berry apparently had "favored" status with Castro and didn't suffer as much of the beatings and torture that Castro allegedly doled out to the other women. Which isn't to say her time in the house was anything less than horrific -- she reportedly gave birth to Jocelyn without medical care in a small children's wading pool. But new details show that the house was truly a house of torture -- and that the women were held like "prisoners of war."
New details to emerge include:
- Michelle Knight suffered hearing loss and will need facial reconstruction surgery due to beatings around the head.
- The women suffered severe malnutrition and dehydration as well as joint and muscle damage.
- In the basement, there were chains and dog leashes attached and hanging from the wall. Pulleys were attached to the chains so suspect Ariel Castro could raise and lower the girls off the ground.
- The women were restrained in "stress positions" for so long that they suffered bed sores, and Gina DeJesus has difficulty moving her head.
- Gina and Michelle were gaunt and had close-cropped hair when they were found, almost as if they'd emerged from a concentration camp.
- He allegedly used food to torture the women, starving them for long periods, and bringing food to one and making the others watch her eat.
- In the backyard was barbed wire, heavy metal chains, and tarps.
- The windows of the home were completely blocked with wood.
- Mirrors were on the back door, which could show if anyone was coming into the Castro driveway, which kept people from being able to approach the house unannounced.
- Two children's bicycles and a toy basketball hoop were in the backyard -- likely for Jocelyn. Since Castro didn't have children, it's incredible this didn't send up red flags to anyone who may have made it to the backyard, if anyone did.
- Large sheets of tarp completely blocked off the backyard, making it impossible for neighbors on either side to see in.
Despite all of this unimaginable horror, a local city councilman says:
[The women] are doing well, doing very well. They are thriving and enjoying their freedom.
I can't imagine what it is going to take for these women to ever recover from this absolutely horrific ordeal.
Do you think the neighbors should have been more suspicious?
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