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Room | Official Trailer HD | A24        9 September 2015

 

Based on the best-selling novel by Emma Donoghue.

DIRECTOR: Lenny Abrahamson

CAST: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Joan Allen, William H. Macy

 

YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_Ci-pAL4eE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A poster for Charles Arlin Henderson,

who has been missing since July 1991, is shown Wednesday.

 

Michael Devlin,

the alleged kidnapper of teens Shawn Hornbeck and Ben Ownby,

is now being investigated in the Henderson case.

 

AP

 

Suspect in Mo. kidnappings under scrutiny in '91 case

Updated 1/17/2007        UT        8:21 PM ET

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-01-17-boys-kidnapped_x.htm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Debbie Henderson,

mother of missing boy Charles Arlin Henderson,

chokes up as she talks about her son,

who has been missing since 1991.

 

By Tom Ganna, AP

 

Suspect in Mo. kidnappings under scrutiny in '91 case

Updated 1/17/2007        UT        8:21 PM ET

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-01-17-boys-kidnapped_x.htm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David Kushner illustration

 

Photograph: Eva Bee

 

The day my brother was taken

O

Sunday 7 August 2016    06.00 BST

Last modified on Monday 8 August 2016    09.17 BST

https://www.theguardian.com/global/2016/aug/07/the-day-my-brother-was-taken-memories-of-a-murder 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

abduct

https://www.npr.org/2019/05/24/
726803919/wisconsin-man-sentenced-to-2-life-terms-for-kidnapping-teen-murdering-her-parent

https://www.npr.org/2019/03/27/
707373987/wisconsin-man-pleads-guilty-to-abducting-jayme-closs-and-killing-her-parents

 

 

 

 

be abducted        UK

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/sep/04/
jacob-wetterling-remains-of-boy-missing-for-27-years-are-found-in-minnesota

 

 

 

 

be abducted

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/21/us/
jacob-wetterling-minnesota-abduction.html

 

 

 

 

abducted

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/21/nyregion/21kidnap.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/20/nyregion/20kidnap.html

 

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-09-19-baby-kidnapped_x.htm

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-09-01-newsboy_x.htm

 

 

 

 

abduction        UK / USA

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/09/05/
548647220/cousin-who-witnessed-emmett-till-abduction-dies-at-74

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/sep/04/
jacob-wetterling-remains-of-boy-missing-for-27-years-are-found-in-minnesota

 

http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2014/may/07/
michelle-knight-ariel-castro-abduction-interview-video

 

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-02-24-
fla-teen-abducted_x.htm

 

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-09-16-
baby-kidnapped_x.htm

 

http://www.nytimes.com/1989/10/30/us/
small-town-is-shaken-by-a-child-s-abduction.html

 

 

 

 

abductor

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/02/us/
cleveland-kidnapper-sentencing.html

 

 

 

 

abduction and brutal murder of 6-year-old Adam Walsh        1981

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2008-12-17-
walshinside_N.htm

 

 

 

 

baby snatcher

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-09-18-
baby-kidnapped_x.htm

 

 

 

 

disappear        UK

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/feb/25/
a-young-woman-vanishes-the-police-cant-help-her-desperate-family-wont-give-up

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/may/07/
three-missing-women-found-cleveland

 

 

 

 

disappear

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/03/
nyregion/etan-patzs-mother-speaks-in-court-of-the-day-her-son-disappeared.html

 

 

 

 

disappearance        UK / USA

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/feb/25/
a-young-woman-vanishes-the-police-cant-help-her-desperate-family-wont-give-up

https://www.theguardian.com/news/audio/2019/feb/25/
searching-for-my-sister-americas-missing-indigenous-women-podcast

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/02/14/
515211327/guilty-verdict-in-etan-patz-case-nearly-40-years-after-boys-disappearance

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/21/us/
jacob-wetterling-minnesota-abduction.html

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/sep/04/
jacob-wetterling-remains-of-boy-missing-for-27-years-are-found-in-minnesota

 

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2015/05/08/
405281346/mistrial-declared-in-1979-disappearance-of-etan-patz

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/03/nyregion/
etan-patzs-mother-speaks-in-court-of-the-day-her-son-disappeared.html

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/01/30/nyregion/
etan-patz-timeline.html

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/19/us/
remains-are-found-in-search-for-university-of-virginia-student.html

 

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-05-30-holloway-
anniversary_x.htm

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-03-23-
milwaukee_x.htm

 

 

 

 

kidnap

https://www.npr.org/2019/05/24/
726803919/wisconsin-man-sentenced-to-2-life-terms-for-kidnapping-teen-murdering-her-parent

 

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-01-20-
alert-indiana_x.htm

 

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-05-14-
womanfound_x.htm

 

 

 

 

be kidnapped        UK / USA

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/14/
us/jayme-closs-updates-jake-patterson.html

 

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/sep/04/
jacob-wetterling-remains-of-boy-missing-for-27-years-are-found-in-minnesota

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/17/nyregion/
upstate-couple-intended-to-abuse-amish-sisters-sheriff-says.html

 

 

 

 

be taken        UK

https://www.theguardian.com/global/2016/aug/07/
the-day-my-brother-was-taken-memories-of-a-murder

 

 

 

 

movies > Taken 1, 2, 3        USA

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/10/
movies/taken-3-starring-liam-neeson.html

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/05/
movies/taken-2-directed-by-olivier-megaton.html

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/30/
movies/30take.html

 

 

 

 

be sexually assaulted / be abused

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/17/nyregion/
upstate-couple-intended-to-abuse-amish-sisters-sheriff-says.html

 

 

 

 

sexual attack

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/21/us/
jacob-wetterling-minnesota-abduction.html

 

 

 

 

kidnap

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-10-19-
ky-arrest_x.htm

 

 

 

 

kidnapper

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/11/06/
500919205/womans-accused-kidnapper-in-s-c-confesses-to-multiple-murders

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/02/us/
cleveland-kidnapper-sentencing.html

 

 

 

 

kidnap victim

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/09/
cleveland-kidnap-victims-dejesus-berry-knight

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/may/10/
after-kidnap-jaycee-lee-dugard

 

 

 

 

kidnapping

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/30/us/
boy-15-is-charged-with-murder-in-killing-of-madyson-middleton.html

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/09/us/
cleveland-kidnapping.html

http://www.nytimes.com/video/2013/05/08/us/100000002214123/
decisive-moment-that-ended-a-kidnapping.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HWHFtF9jWc&list=TLZAD4OA5PdyA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axCn04iXkBg&list=TL1pgGma3N8_0

 

 

 

 

kidnapped

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-01-17-boys-kidnapped_x.htm

 

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-12-09-florida-abduction_x.htm

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-09-16-text-message_x.htm

 

 

 

 

captivity        UK / USA

http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2014/may/07/
michelle-knight-ariel-castro-abduction-interview-video

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/08/us/cleveland-
kidnapping.html

 

 

 

 

be held captive

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/02/us/cleveland-kidnapper-sentencing.html

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2013/08/02/us/inside-the-house-of-captivity.html

 

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-01-15-missing-boys_x.htm

 

 

 

 

Jaycee Dugard

http://www.nytimes.com/topic/person/jaycee-dugard

 

 

 

 

kidnapping survivors

http://www.npr.org/2015/04/29/
403035591/ohio-kidnapping-survivors-recount-captivity-escape-from-horror

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

vanish        UK

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/feb/25/
a-young-woman-vanishes-the-police-cant-help-her-desperate-family-wont-give-up

 

 

 

 

missing        UK / USA

https://www.theguardian.com/news/audio/2019/feb/25/
searching-for-my-sister-americas-missing-indigenous-women-podcast

https://www.npr.org/2019/01/11/
684429345/wisconsin-girl-missing-for-nearly-3-months-is-found-alive

 

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/sep/04/
jacob-wetterling-remains-of-boy-missing-for-27-years-are-found-in-minnesota

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/16/nyregion/
as-search-goes-on-for-queens-boy-with-autism-adults-at-his-school-face-questions.html

http://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2013/may/07/amanda-berry

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/may/07/three-missing-women-found-cleveland

 

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-03-15-missing-boy_N.htm

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-01-12-boys-okay_x.htm

 

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-10-12-missing-student_x.htm

 

 

 

 

missing child cases

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-01-19-
kidnap-taskforce_x.htm

 

 

 

 

The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System    NamUs

http://www.namus.gov/

 

 

 

 

cold cases

http://www.usatoday.com/tech/science/2009-02-26-
forensics_N.htm

 

 

 

 

probe

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-01-19-
kidnap-taskforce_x.htm

 

 

 

 

be found alive

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/may/07/
missing-women-found-cleveland-ohio-live

 

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-01-12-
boys-okay_x.htm

 

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-05-30-colorado-
boy_x.htm

 

 

 

 

human remains

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/19/us/
remains-are-found-in-search-for-university-of-virginia-student.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Man Who Held

Ohio Women Captive

Is Found Dead

 

September 4, 2013

The New York Times

By MICHAEL SCHWIRTZ

 

Ariel Castro, the Cleveland man sentenced last month to life in prison for holding three women captive in his home for a decade, was found hanging in his prison cell on Tuesday night after apparently hanging himself, officials said. He was later declared dead at the hospital.

Mr. Castro, 53, was found hanging in his cell at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient, Ohio, at 9:20 p.m., JoEllen Smith, a spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, said in an e-mailed statement. Mr. Castro was housed in a cell by himself and a guard was required to check on him every 30 minutes at staggered intervals, the statement said. He was transported to Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

It was a shocking development in a story that has held the country transfixed since May, when neighbors discovered the women in Mr. Castro’s Cleveland home after hearing the screams of one of them and broke through the front door.

Mr. Castro later pleaded guilty to 937 counts including rape and kidnapping.

It was not immediately clear how Mr. Castro was able to hang himself. The Ohio Department of Corrections statement said a review of the incident was under way.

All three women were kidnapped between 2002 and 2004. All were kidnapped in the vicinity of Mr. Castro’s home at 2207 Seymour Avenue, and all were acquaintances of Mr. Castro’s children.

Each victim vanished seemingly without a trace. Then, in May, one of the women, Amanda Berry, who had not been seen since she left her job at a local Burger King on April 21, 2003, suddenly appeared at the front door of the house along with a young child and screamed: “I need help! I need help! I have been kidnapped for 10 years!”

Several neighbors came to her aid, kicking in the front door and calling 911. When police arrived they discovered two other women: Gina DeJesus, who disappeared while walking home from a city middle school in 2004, and Michelle Knight, who vanished at age 20 in 2002.

All three had been sexually abused and confined to what was essentially a torture chamber. The women were confined to two rooms on the second floor. Mr. Castro had sealed the windows and covered them with thick curtains. He fed them one meal a day and forced them to use plastic toilets in their rooms, the authorities said. Sometimes they were chained.

Mr. Castro fathered at least one child with his victims. A six-year-old girl, born to Ms. Berry, was rescued along with her.

All this went on while Mr. Castro lived a life that to friends, family and even his own children appeared normal. He was friendly with neighbors and played bass with several Latin bands. He would even attend vigils for the missing girls.

At his sentencing on Aug. 1, Mr. Castro denied that he had been violent or had sexually abused the women. He claimed that whatever sex went on in the house was consensual. He said that he was not evil or violent, but that he was a victim of sexual abuse as a child and had become addicted to pornography.

“People are trying to portray me as a monster and I’m not a monster, I’m just sick,” he said.

Man Who Held Ohio Women Captive Is Found Dead,
NYT,
4.9.2013,
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/05/us/
ariel-castro-cleveland-kidnapper-found-dead-in-prison-cell.html

 

 

 

 

 

Kidnapper in Cleveland

Is Sentenced by Judge

and Condemned by Victim

 

August 1, 2013

The new York Times

By TRIP GABRIEL

 

CLEVELAND — Three months after her rescue from a quiet house where she had been held captive for a decade along with two other women, Michelle Knight, 31, confronted her abductor, Ariel Castro, 53, in a courtroom here on Thursday, offering an emotional last act to a traumatizing story.

“I cried every night, I was so alone,” said Ms. Knight, who was 21 when Mr. Castro enticed her into his home in 2002 with the offer of a puppy for her young son. “Days never got shorter. Days turned into nights, nights turned into days. The years turned into eternity.”

Ms. Knight, who was held longer than the other women and was the only one who offered a statement at Mr. Castro’s sentencing, told him: “You took 11 years of my life away. I spent 11 years in hell. Now your hell is just beginning.”

A tiny woman with auburn hair, Ms. Knight let tears run freely while speaking of how her bonds with the other kidnapped women, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, gave her a sliver of hope. “We said we would someday make it out alive, and we did,” Ms. Knight said.

Mr. Castro, an unemployed bus driver, looked on without expression. Judge Michael J. Russo of Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court sentenced him to life in prison without possibility of parole, and 1,000 years. The punishment was the result of a plea deal between Mr. Castro and prosecutors that allowed him to avoid a possible death sentence.

In a rambling statement of his own, Mr. Castro denied that he was violent or had ever raped or beaten Ms. Knight or the other women. “People are trying to portray me as a monster and I’m not a monster, I’m just sick,” he said.

The Cuyahoga County prosecutor, Timothy J. McGinty, told the court that experts had found no indication that Mr. Castro was mentally ill, adding that his effort to blame others, including the victims, was evidence of a lack of remorse that merited the maximum prison sentence.

New details of how the women were abducted, imprisoned and managed to endure emerged in a sentencing memo, and at the four-hour hearing on Thursday, which was shown live by cable television, reflecting the worldwide attention the case has drawn.

All three victims were acquaintances of Mr. Castro’s children. He attended vigils on the anniversaries of the women’s disappearances, brought home a “missing” poster as a trophy and showed the women television coverage of their grieving families.

He kidnapped Ms. Knight when he overheard her asking for directions at a Family Dollar store and offered her a ride, which she said she accepted because she knew his daughter. Once inside his home on Seymour Avenue on Cleveland’s West Side, he tied her with an extension cord and dragged her to the basement, where he forced a motorcycle helmet over her head before raping her, said Detective Andy Harasimchuk of the Cleveland police’s sex crimes unit.

Eight months later, in April 2003, Mr. Castro abducted Ms. Berry, then 16. He offered her a ride to his house with the promise of meeting his daughter, whom she knew. He chained her to a pole in the basement.

Ms. DeJesus, his third victim, was 14 when Mr. Castro enticed her into his car in 2004 by asking for her help in finding his daughter, who was a friend of Ms. DeJesus’.

Sheriff’s deputies displayed a model of Mr. Castro’s home that from one angle looked as innocent as a doll house. But turned around, it was used to illustrate a chamber of horrors. Mr. Castro sealed windows with closet doors and heavy drapes. The women were locked in two rooms on the second floor, sometimes restrained by chains. Mr. Castro fed them a single meal a day and forced them to use plastic toilets in their rooms, according to the sentencing report.

He kept them “in a state of powerlessness,” prosecutors said, “through a program of prolonged physical, sexual and psychological violence.” As punishment he would confine them in the cold basement or the sweltering attic.

A psychiatrist, Dr. Frank Ochberg, testified that the women suffered post-traumatic stress disorder, “the kind of trauma that you don’t escape for years and sometimes for a lifetime.”

Ms. DeJesus and Ms. Berry, who did not appear in court, were represented by family members who read statements on their behalf. Ms. Berry’s sister, Beth Serrano, asked for privacy so that the 6-year-old daughter Ms. Berry delivered in captivity, fathered by Mr. Castro, would not learn of the circumstances of her birth in the news media.

“Amanda could not control a lot of things for a long time,” Ms. Serrano said. “Please let her control this.”

Craig Weintraub, one of Mr. Castro’s lawyers, said that his client had lived a “double life” for 10 years and had accepted responsibility for his crimes. Mr. Weintraub also said that Mr. Castro has a mental illness, although that condition had not interfered with Mr. Castro’s ability to understand the plea agreement he signed.

For years, Mr. Castro was able to present to friends and family an outward appearance of normalcy. He insisted that he was neither evil nor violent but that he had been a victim of childhood sexual abuse and had become addicted to pornography.

“Most of the sex that went on in the house, and probably all of it, was consensual,” he claimed.

Twice he said, “There was harmony in our home.”

But Judge Russo offered a sharp rebuke: “I’m not sure there’s anyone in America who will agree with you.”

Ms. Knight, whose disappearance was not publicized because she was partly estranged from her family, said Mr. Castro tormented her by telling her no one cared she was missing. “After 11 years, I am finally being heard and it’s liberating,” she said.

She told him she wanted him to endure a life sentence in prison rather than face the death penalty. “I will live on,” she said. “You will die a little every day.”

 

Timothy Williams and Emma G. Fitzsimmons

contributed reporting from New York.

Kidnapper in Cleveland
Is Sentenced by Judge and Condemned by Victim,
NYT,
1.8.2013,
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/02/us/
cleveland-kidnapper-sentencing.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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