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Demolition begins on house in Cleveland kidnapping case

The house is being torn down as part of a deal that spared Ariel Castro a possible death sentence


Thomas J. Sheeran
August 7, 2013 4:53PM (UTC)

CLEVELAND (AP) — Demolition has begun on the Cleveland house where three women were held captive and raped over a decade.

The house is being torn down as part of a deal that spared Ariel Castro a possible death sentence. He was sentenced last week to life in prison plus 1,000 years.

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One of the women imprisoned there, Michelle Knight, showed up early Wednesday before the demolition began. She made a brief statement and released some balloons.

A crowd of onlookers cheered and clapped as the demolition began.

Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County prosecutor Tim McGinty told them: "This was one evil guy."

Prosecutors say Castro cried when he signed over the house deed and mentioned his "many happy memories" there with the women. The women escaped May 6 when one of them broke part of a door and yelled for help.

 


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