Cleveland tears down house of horrors
posted at 11:03 am on August 7, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
This was part of the plea deal that allowed monster Ariel Castro to get a 1,000-year sentence rather than the death penalty, and it may have been the only part of the entire horror — other than his own skin — about which Castro actually cared. Cleveland demolished the house in which Castro kept three kidnapped women as sex slaves for more than a decade, with one of his victims on hand to witness it:
With several swipes from the arm of an excavator and a smattering of applause from spectators, demolition began Wednesday morning on the Cleveland house where three women were held captive and raped over a decade.
It took about an hour and 20 minutes to tear down the house, which occurred as part of the plea deal that spared Ariel Castro a possible death sentence. He was sentenced last week to life in prison plus 1,000 years. …
One of the women imprisoned there, Michelle Knight, showed up early Wednesday before the work began. She made a brief statement and released balloons into the air.
“Dear Lord, give the missing people strength and power to know that they are loved,” said Knight, who had rosary beads hanging from her neck.
“We hear their cry, they are never forgotten in my heart. They are caterpillars, waiting to turn into a butterfly. They are never forgotten, they are loved.”
Knight said the array of balloons “represents all the millions of children that were never found and the ones that passed away that were never heard.”
Castro’s only show of remorse was when he signed over the deed, and made his evil and creepiness plain:
Prosecutors say Castro cried when he signed over the house deed and mentioned his “many happy memories” there with the women. They highlighted the teary-eyed scene to illustrate Castro’s “distorted and twisted” personality.
Cleveland plans to use the land for a park rather than have another house built on it.