I watched as Fox News reported about and showed the demolition of the house in Cleveland, Ohio where Amanda Berry, Gina Dejesus, and Michelle Knight had been held hostage by a neighbor, Ariel Castro, for a decade, and I must confess, as it began to crumble down I began to scream with elation and with a feeling of release for the women who had been held there.
It made me feel good these three women would not have to see this house of horrors ever again and with hopes that the ghosts, horrors, and all the past acts of unkindness and mistreatments would escape and become a part of the rubble, permitting the women’s scars to begin a healing.
Knight was there and she made a brief appearance and a short statement and then released balloons into the air. I know many people in the world rejoiced as I did to see the balloons as they struggled to carry-off all the bad memories, kidnapping, horrendous acts of rape, imprisonment for a decade and the killings of children and carrying them far-off into the heavens.
I watched by television as Ariel Castro was sentenced last week to life in prison plus 1,000 years for his kidnapping of the three women. In my opinion he appeared as if he was “still” the “innocent one” and without any remorse whatsoever. I must confess, “It did make me feel ill to realize there are human’s in life that have “no” feelings of regret or that they’ve committed horrendous crimes against other human beings.
I was also happy to know that Castro was responsible for paying for the demolition of the house as part of his plea deal, in which he was spared the death penalty. It was reported that the residents of the neighborhood would decide what to do with the site.
It was baffling as I watched Castro speaking at his sentencing and appearing to argue in the courts that there was harmony in the house where the women had been held in captivity. This is proof that people can brain-wash themselves into believing they’re “innocent.”
I’m sure the neighborhood was also glad to see the house of horrors fall too; and I’m sure they’ll be glad to get their neighborhood back to normal from all the drive-by attraction that began shortly after Castro was arrested. Police officers were forced to guard the house 24-7 because of arson threats.
Barbara Kasey Smith is the writer of this article and it was based on a Fox News Report.
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