By Matthew DeLuca, Staff Writer, NBC News
CLEVELAND — It was the perfect place to hide three captives in plain sight.
In a rundown section of Cleveland, Ohio, police say three young women — Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight — were held against their will in a white, two-story house for roughly a decade before Berry escaped Monday night and the other two were freed.
While some who lived and worked in the neighborhood described it as tight-knit, others spoke of a darker side.
He was surprised not so much by the women’s captivity but by how much time transpired before they were found.
“Does it shock me?” he said. “Well, I don’t know. Ten years shocks me.”
The three women vanished between August 2002 and April 2004 in separate incidents; they were between 14 and 20 years old. Authorities have arrested three brothers: Ariel Castro, 52, Pedro Castro, 54, and Onil Castro, 50.
- Police facing questions in 3 women’s Ohio rescue (cbsnews.com)
- Ariel Castro’s Neighbors Reported Naked Woman On Lawn, Bags Over Windows To Police (huffingtonpost.com)
- Castro’s uncle: ‘No one had any idea’ women held in nephew’s home (cnn.com)
- News Update: Mugshots Of Ariel Castro, Brothers Pedro And Onil Castro (theobamacrat.com)
- 3 women reunited with families after years in captivity (wgntv.com)
- Brothers arrested in Ohio kidnapping case (wqad.com)
- Cleveland kidnapping suspect’s Facebook page reveals interest in Virginia Beach (wtkr.com)