There are some news stories that stay with you forever, and Ariel Castro’s kidnappings are one of them for me.
I still remember where I was when I first heard the news:
A woman had kicked through the door of a typical suburban home in Cleveland, Ohio.
She revealed that she had been held captive there with two other women for more than a decade, and had only escaped by a stroke of luck.
Five years later, the women who escaped from bus driver Ariel Castro’s house of horrors are slowly recovering from his torture.
One of the women who escaped from the house, Michelle Knight, has been a frequent guest on Dr. Phil over the last five years.
Knight, who now goes by the name Lillian Rose Lee, is all smiles in the promo for her latest segment on the talk show.
“It’s so good to see you,” she tells Dr. Phil. “I got some really good news for you.”
The host tells her not to wait any time, and the crowd applauds as Knight announces, “I’m married!”
TMZ reports that Knight has been married to her husband, a 39-year-old named Miguel, for the past two years, but has kept the marriage a secret.
We’ll have to wait until April 24 to see Knight’s full interview, but this is great news considering everything she’s been through.
In her memoir Finding Me, Knight revealed that her kidnapper was a father of one of her friends.
Ariel Castro lured Knight into his home by offering her a car ride, then trapped her in his basement for 11 years.
At the time, Knight was a 20-year-old single mother, who was trying to get back custody of her two-year-old son.
She became the first of three women Castro abducted between 2002 and 2004.
And as their descriptions of life inside Castro’s “house of horrors” reveal, surviving from day to day was a real challenge…