Michelle Knight Played by Taryn Manning in Lifetime's Portrayal of Ariel Castro Kidnappings

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MIchelle Knight, one of Ariel Castro's kidnapping victims, will be portrayed by Orange is the New Black star Taryn Manning when Lifetime brings her ordeal to life in Cleveland Abduction.

Michelle Knight was one of three women kidnapped by Ariel Castro. Knight was held captive for a decade. Castro's other victims, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, will be played by Samantha Droke and Katie Sarife, respectively. Breaking Bad star Raymond Cruz plays the late Ariel Castro. The movie is based on the book by Michelle Knight, titled Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, a Life Reclaimed.

Taryn Manning is best known for her portrayal of Tiffany "Pennsatucky" Doggett on the Netflix series Orange is the New Black. She is the vocalist for Boomkat and co-owns a clothing line called Born Uniqorn.

Ariel Castro committed suicide in prison just one month into his life sentence. He hanged himself with a bed sheet in his cell.

Michelle Knight was a 21-year-old single mom when she was abducted by Ariel Castro back in August of 2002. She was impregnated at least five times by her abductor. She was beaten and starved during her time in captivity, and was the first of the young women kidnapped by Castro.

Cleveland Abduction was filmed in Cleveland. It is set to air on the Lifetime network next month, on April 25th at 8:00 PM ET. Will you be tuning in to see Taryn Manning in this role?

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.