Amanda Berry, who was held captive in a house of horrors in Cleveland, Ohio, by Ariel Castro, has finally spoken out about her tormenter's suicide in prison. Well, she didn't speak out. Her father spoke for her. We can only trust that her dad, Johnny, who gave an interview to the National Enquirer, is accurate in his depiction of Amanda's reaction. Reportedly, Amanda is unequivocal in her opinion of Castro's death. And it's a bit surprising.
Johnny told the Enquirer that Amanda is "relieved that the monster is dead." I think many would have wondered whether Amanda and the rest of the women were glad he was dead, or if they were disappointed that he didn't suffer more in his own captivity. Or, as Michelle Knight put it at his sentencing, that his "hell was just beginning."
But Amanda is, at least according to her father, relieved he's gone. And the reason makes sense once you hear it. Johnny revealed that Amanda:
[Has been] been living in constant fear that Jocelyn may someday have to see Castro, and she didn’t want that ever to happen.
Hey, stranger things have happened. There are rapists who are allowed to see their children. And Castro had requested to see his 6-year-old daughter once. The judge sensibly denied the request.
But I could see how eventually he might somehow force a meeting. Or even that Jocelyn, when she got older, may want to see him herself. But now she doesn't have to. And Amanda doesn't have to worry about it.
Johnny also said his only regret is that he didn't get to "kill the bastard myself."
Do you think that Jocelyn would have ever been forced to see him?
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