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AMANDA Berry has spent years bravely speaking about her horrifying 11-year imprisonment at the hands of evil Ariel Castro.

She suffered years of physical, mental and sexual torture until she finally escaped in May 2013.

Amanda Berry has detailed her experiences after being held hostage for 11 years

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Amanda Berry has detailed her experiences after being held hostage for 11 years
Evil Ariel Castro plead guilty to 937 charges before committing suicide in his cell

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Evil Ariel Castro plead guilty to 937 charges before committing suicide in his cellCredit: EPA

Who is Amanda Berry?

Amanda Berry is an author and TV presenter from Cleveland, Ohio.

She was kidnapped on April 21, 2003 – the day before her 17th birthday – as she walked home from work.

Ms Berry was lured by Castro on the premise she could hang out with his daughter, one of her classmates.

Once she stepped inside Castro’s home, she wouldn’t leave for years.

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What happened to Amanda Berry?

Speaking in a special interview ABC in 2020 Ms Berry revealed: “He took me to the next bedroom, and it was just really dark in there, and he didn’t turn on the lights, and there was a little, like, a little room off of the bigger bedroom, kind of a big closet,”

“He took me in there, and he told me to pull down my pants. And from there I knew, like, this was not going to be good.”

Along with Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, the women were restrained in Castro’s filthy den with heavy chains, left in dark rooms for days at a time with no food, and given buckets to use as a bathroom. 

They were only allowed to shower once a week and were regularly fed poison.

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Castro repeatedly sexually abused the young women over the course of their nine-year captivity, forcing several of forced abortion of Michelle Night.

However, Ms Berry became pregnant by Castro when she was 20 and gave birth to her daughter, Jocelyn on Christmas in 2006.

Describing her pregnancy she said: “I was terrified. How? I mean, I barely eat and I’m chained to a wall, and I have a bucket for a bathroom.”

“This is his kid, you know. How do I feel about that? And she resembled him a lot, and I would look at her, and I just felt, like, she’s mine. She’s mine.”

She later added she had to ‘numb’ herself to cope with the constant abuse.

Miraculously, on May 6, 2013, Berry was finally able to make contact with Castro’s neighbor at her captor had left the women alone in the home for the first time in a decade.

Police stormed the horror house at 2207 Seymour Avenue – where Castro’s captives had been locked and tied indoors for years.

Berry, her daughter and the two other woman were finally freed.

In 2013, Castro plead guilty to 937 charges, including aggravated murder, kidnap, rape and assault, and was given a prison sentence of life plus 1,000 years without the possibility of parole.

A month after sentencing, Castro committed suicide in his prison cell.

What is Amanda Berry doing now?

Bravely putting her horrific ordeal behind her, Berry is now working to bring missing people home.  

She has hosted a segment on missing people for Fox 8 since 2017.

‘Missing with Amanda Berry’ highlights missing people cases and urges people to call Cleveland police department with any information.

In 2020, Berry partnered with US marshals for Operation Safety Net. The operation located 35 missing children.

According to US marshal Pete Elliot, the main reason the operation was a success was because of Amanda Berry.

“She is a great example for Cleveland, Ohio, where you fight and you never quit and that’s what she does,” Elliot told Good Morning America.

“I definitely hope that they know that miracles can happen,” Berry added.

Source: thesun

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