Cleveland Kidnappings Fast Facts

Here is a look at the kidnapping of three women in Cleveland and the case against now-deceased kidnapper Ariel Castro...

Posted: Jun 1, 2018 6:07 PM
Updated: Jun 1, 2018 6:07 PM

Here is a look at the kidnapping of three women in Cleveland and the case against now-deceased kidnapper Ariel Castro.

Facts:
Former school bus driver Ariel Castro agreed to a plea deal relating to the kidnapping, rape and assault of three young women kidnapped in Cleveland between 2002 and 2004. Under the deal, Castro agreed to plead guilty and be sentenced to life in prison without parole, and the prosecution agreed not to pursue the death penalty. A month after sentencing, Castro committed suicide in his prison cell.

The women and a 6-year-old girl were rescued from Castro's home by neighbors in May 2013.

Victims:
Michelle Knight
-- Knight disappeared at the age of 21 in August 2002 from Lorain Avenue in Cleveland.
-- Her family believed Knight had run away after losing custody of her son.

Amanda Berry and her 6-year-old daughter
-- Berry disappeared at the age of 16 in April 2003 from Lorain Avenue.
-- DNA tests have confirmed that Ariel Castro is the father of Berry's daughter.

Georgina "Gina" DeJesus
-- DeJesus disappeared at the age of 14 in April 2004 from Lorain Avenue.

Timeline:
August 22, 2002 - Michelle Knight is last seen. The next day, she is reported missing.

April 21, 2003 - Amanda Berry is last seen after finishing her shift at a Burger King restaurant.

April 2, 2004 - Gina DeJesus stops at a pay phone with a friend around 3:00pm to ask the friend's mother if they can sleep over at DeJesus' house. The answer is no. It is the last time she is seen.

April 2005 - "America's Most Wanted" features Berry's and DeJesus' stories, highlighting that they were taken from almost exactly the same spot on Lorain Avenue. One of the people interviewed is Arlene Castro, daughter of Ariel Castro. She is the friend who last saw DeJesus at a pay phone in April 2004.

April 2012 - Grimilda Figueroa, former partner of Ariel Castro, dies. She had accused Castro of domestic violence and abducting their daughters. Charges were dismissed on a technicality.

May 6, 2013 - Berry screams for help through a crack in the front door at 2207 Seymour Ave. Angel Cordero and neighbor Charles Ramsey kick open the door. Berry carries her 6-year-old daughter across the street and calls 911. Police arrive to find DeJesus and Knight in the house. Three brothers are detained in the women's disappearance - Ariel Castro, Pedro Castro and Onil Castro.

May 8, 2013 - Victor Perez, chief assistant prosecutor for the city of Cleveland, announces that Ariel Castro's brothers Onil and Pedro, originally thought to be involved in the kidnappings, will not be charged.

May 9, 2013 - Castro is charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape. His bail is set at $8 million.

June 7, 2013 - Castro is indicted on 329 counts: 139 counts of rape, 177 counts of kidnapping, seven counts of gross sexual imposition, three counts of felonious assault, two counts of aggravated murder (for termination of another's pregnancy), and one count of possession of criminal tools.

July 12, 2013 - A grand jury issues a fresh indictment charging Ariel Castro with 977 counts: 512 counts of kidnapping, 446 counts of rape, seven counts of gross sexual imposition, six counts of felonious assault, three counts of child endangerment, two counts of aggravated murder, in which Castro is accused of intentionally causing the termination of a pregnancy, and one count of possessing criminal tools.

July 26, 2013 - Castro agrees to a plea deal, which recommends that he be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Under the deal, he agrees to plead guilty to 937 counts.

August 1, 2013 - Castro is sentenced to life in prison plus 1,000 years.

September 3, 2013 - Castro commits suicide in his prison cell.

October 10, 2013 - The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction releases a report on Castro's death. The report states that "rounds were not properly completed (and) post log books were falsified." The report also raises the possibility that Castro died due to autoerotic asphyxiation rather than suicide. This claim is disputed by coroner Jan Gorniak, who performed Castro's autopsy.

December 3, 2013 - Independent consultants, hired by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, release a report saying that Castro's death was suicide, not accidental autoerotic asphyxiation.

May 2014 - Knight's memoir, "Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, A Life Reclaimed," is published. Knight also reveals that she is changing her name to Lillian Rose Lee.

April 2015 - Berry and DeJesus' book, "Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland," is released.

May 2, 2015 - The Lifetime Original Movie "Cleveland Abduction" premieres on television.

February 6, 2017 - Fox 8 News in Cleveland announces that Berry is the new host of the station's missing persons segment.

May 1, 2018 - Knight's second book, "Life After DarKness: Finding Healing and Happiness After the Cleveland Kidnappings," is published.

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 114236

Reported Deaths: 3548
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion21067764
Lake10397321
Elkhart6477109
St. Joseph6312105
Allen6113201
Hamilton4803109
Vanderburgh353630
Hendricks2694123
Monroe253136
Tippecanoe234713
Johnson2291123
Clark218756
Porter210546
Cass19399
Delaware191861
Vigo180324
Madison161975
LaPorte140540
Floyd135161
Howard129263
Warrick123436
Kosciusko121117
Bartholomew115557
Marshall99724
Dubois96418
Boone96046
Hancock91743
Grant90334
Noble90032
Henry79326
Wayne75114
Jackson7469
Morgan70938
Shelby66829
Daviess65828
Dearborn64728
LaGrange63411
Clinton59514
Harrison56624
Putnam54211
Knox5139
Lawrence51028
Montgomery50721
Gibson4964
White48314
DeKalb46811
Decatur45839
Miami4313
Greene42235
Fayette41913
Jasper3902
Steuben3787
Scott36711
Sullivan33312
Posey3160
Jennings31212
Franklin30325
Clay2995
Orange28824
Ripley2878
Carroll27313
Wabash2638
Washington2631
Whitley2617
Starke2597
Adams2553
Wells2513
Jefferson2473
Fulton2352
Spencer2283
Huntington2253
Tipton22122
Perry21613
Randolph2117
Jay1760
Newton17211
Owen1681
Martin1640
Rush1544
Pike1431
Vermillion1270
Fountain1202
Pulaski1161
Blackford1143
Brown1043
Crawford1040
Parke972
Benton880
Ohio787
Union780
Switzerland690
Warren391
Unassigned0226

Ohio Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 147744

Reported Deaths: 4715
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Franklin26545606
Cuyahoga17327656
Hamilton12953315
Montgomery7667157
Lucas7230364
Butler5838110
Summit5237252
Marion308347
Mahoning3030281
Warren300249
Stark2817170
Pickaway264444
Lorain229586
Delaware221620
Fairfield206752
Columbiana192480
Licking189863
Trumbull1876132
Wood180472
Clark177740
Clermont167923
Lake160850
Medina145139
Greene142032
Allen140869
Miami140751
Portage111666
Mercer110118
Erie93246
Tuscarawas92820
Wayne91967
Ross86823
Richland83919
Madison80212
Darke78442
Belmont71827
Geauga71348
Hancock68610
Ashtabula65548
Athens6532
Lawrence64122
Shelby61010
Auglaize5859
Putnam57923
Sandusky55820
Huron5427
Union5152
Scioto4896
Ottawa46930
Seneca46414
Preble43015
Muskingum3922
Holmes3857
Jefferson3354
Logan3083
Henry30613
Champaign3023
Perry2939
Defiance28811
Clinton28613
Brown2842
Knox28215
Washington25823
Morrow2572
Hardin25213
Jackson2466
Fulton2411
Ashland2364
Coshocton23311
Crawford2316
Fayette2286
Highland2223
Wyandot20812
Williams2063
Gallia18913
Pike1790
Meigs17410
Guernsey1678
Hocking1619
Carroll1527
Adams1264
Van Wert1163
Monroe11018
Paulding1070
Harrison632
Morgan470
Vinton473
Noble280
Unassigned00
Fort Wayne
Clear
75° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 75°
Angola
Clear
75° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 75°
Huntington
Clear
74° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 74°
Decatur
Clear
77° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 78°
Van Wert
Clear
77° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 78°
Sunny, Pleasant Friday
WFFT Radar
WFFT Temperatures
WFFT National

Community Events