Gina DeJesus, Amanda Berry, and Michelle Knight have become internationally famous names after they were found alive–after more than a decade of captivity–in a home in Cleveland. Their captor and sometimes torturer, Ariel Castro, committed suicide in prison just a few months after their dramatic rescue, leaving so many questions unanswered. But now, the public will get the inside story on exactly what happened in that home, as DeJesus and Berry are collaborating on a book.
The women released statements this week, on the one-year anniversary of their release, saying they are working on getting their lives back together even now. DeJesus, who was 14 years old when she was taken by Castro, said she’s trying to adapt to new technology and is learning to drive for the first time. She spoke briefly about her collaboration with Berry, saying she’s excited about being able to get her story out. The book will be co-written by two reporters from the Washington Post.
“I am spending time with my family and working with Amanda on a book that we are really excited about,” she said.
Michelle Knight has a book of her own coming out this week called Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, a Life Reclaimed: A Memoir of the Cleveland Kidnappings . The book tells her own story of torture and unimaginable abuse at the hands of Castro, who took advantage of her estrangement from her family to keep her under his thumb. She says she’s moving on from the darkest time in her life by singing and training to be a boxer.
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