Each of the trio — Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight — makes a statement in the video, posted for them by a Cleveland PR firm.
“First and foremost, I want everyone to know how happy I am to be home with my family and my friends,” Berry says. “It’s been unbelievable. I want to thank everyone who has helped me and my family through this entire ordeal. Everyone who has been there to support us — it’s been a blessing to have such an outpouring of love and kindness.”
After also thanking “everyone for your love, support and donations,” Knight strikes a defiant and upbeat tone.
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.
By Cathy Finkler
Bruce Springsteen is once again stumping for Barack Obama despite just recently saying that he was wary of publicly supporting the president on the campaign trail. Springsteen joined former President Bill Clinton at a rally in Cleveland on Thursday.
Last week, Springsteen announced he would perform at Obama campaign rallies in the swing states of Ohio and Iowa. Wednesday he made his endorsement of the president official. Springsteen wrote on his website:
“This presidential election is different than the last one because President Obama has a four year record to run on. Last time around, he carried with him a tremendous amount of hope and expectations. Unfortunately, due to the economic chaos the previous administration left him with, and the extraordinary intensity of the opposition, it turned into a really rough ride. But through grit, determination, and focus, the President has been able to do a great many things that many of us deeply support.”
Springsteen continues on to discuss Obama’s foreign policy successes, the right’s attempts to suppress voters, and the importance of voting in congressional elections to help the president regain control of Congress.